The pressure is on Luca Badoer to perform for Ferrari this weekend - but the Italian tester will have to go some to halt his apparently inevitable axing.
Rumours suggest there is a long line of drivers eyeing up the second spot at Ferrari ahead of Monza, with their other tester Marc Gene, Force India's Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, Briton Anthony Davidson and wild card Italian F2 driver Mirko Bortolotti apparently all in the frame.
Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has warned Badoer he must make a "big jump" in performance if he is to have any hope of retaining his seat after a dismal showing in Valencia and, when asked there about the Italian driver's performance, Domenicali suggested he should be "compared to the other young drivers" (the rookies Roman Grosjean and Jaimie Alguersuari) to see how he had done.
It was no easy task for any of the three. Grosjean, who replaced Nelson Piquet at Renault in Valencia, had to prove himself against twice champion team-mate Fernando Alonso. Alguersuari, in his second F1 race with Toro Rosso, had to match up against highly-rated Sebastien Buemi. And Badoer had to compare to former champion Kimi Raikkonen.
In terms of consistency, Grosjean was pretty impressive but both Badoer and Alguersuari were all over the place, setting massively varied times lap after lap, with Badoer suffering particularly in the middle stint of the race.
In terms of out-and-out pace, Grosjean's fastest lap was 0.066s faster than team-mate Alonso. Alguersuari also beat team-mate Buemi by 0.107s (although on his debut at the previous race in Hungary his fastest lap had been 0.489s slower than Buemi's). Badoer, on the other hand, despite driving a Ferrari, was slower than all except the two Toro Rosso drivers and his time was a massive 1.313s slower than Raikkonen's best. Enough said.
Badoer will have to be right on Raikkonen's pace to convince the team to stick with him (a tough challenge at Spa, on one of the circuits the Finn likes best) and really he will need to prove he can score points as Ferrari are fast being chased down for third spot in the championship by McLaren and are very keen to keep it.
Barring a miracle, Badoer will not achieve this, but the question is who else could Ferrari slot in instead?
Alguersuari (in from World Series by Renault) and Grosjean (arriving from GP2) proved that recent regular race experience is a must.
Fisichella must, therefore, be tempting, as he is clearly the most race ready driver on the list. And he's Italian. He is coming to the end of his career, but there is no doubt he has the talent to be a suitable number two to Raikkonen, a decent stopgap. But it may be hard to pull him out of Vijay Mallya's Force India.
Bortolotti has race experience from F2, but that may not be seen as a high enough level, while Davidson has been keeping his racing eye in driving sportscars but would still also be a bit of a gamble.
There is, of course, a strong argument Gene should have been in from the start - he put in plenty of racing laps in winning Le Mans this year, he is Spanish and could have been boosted by home cheers in Valencia and, more importantly, he has taken part in the Spa 1000km endurance race for the last two years - some real track experience that would certainly have helped this weekend.
But then again, he failed to shine when he replaced the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams in 2004, replaced after two races by Antonio Pizzonia.
For me, then, it would be great to see Fisichella get his chance - and if reports are true that Badoer forgot his pass and had to talk his way into the paddock at the start of his second racing weekend, it sounds like his mind might already have given up.