Jean-Eric Vergne reckons his lack of consistency is behind Red Bull's decision not to put him forward for a 2014 race-seat.
At present Red Bull Racing are looking for a driver to replace Mark Webber as Sebastian Vettel's 2014 team-mate.
The reigning World Champs, though, are not looking very far or very wide.
The searching is believed to be down to just two drivers, Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo.
But while his team-mate is in the running, despite having fewer points, Vergne has been ruled out by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
And the 23-year-old Frenchman believes it is the fact that he has finished fewer races than his team-mate that is counting against him.
"Red Bull is the World Champion team and it needs a driver who is going to score points at every race to win the title," crash.net reports him as having told L'Equipe.
"If you look at the results this year, I've scored more points than Ricciardo, but he's finished all the races, I haven't.
"I have a label on my back. Even if it's false, in the paddock Ricciardo is seen as consistent and I'm not.
"The choice is complicated. Horner isn't the only one making the decision. Adrian Newey has a say, as does Dietrich Mateschitz and Helmut Marko.
"I understand the risks they take, hiring a young driver like Daniel or me. And seeing a driver who doesn't finish half his races unsettles them."