Pastor Maldonado has become this year’s first victim of eight engines per season rule in Formula 1, with reports confirming that the Venezuelan rookie will be using his ninth Cosworth engine of the championship season.
This means he will take a ten-place grid penalty for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Williams driver’s engine was damaged in the wake of his gearbox-related retirement during the Indian Grand Prix, his team has confirmed.
The current rules stipulate that each car is limited to eight powerplants per season, with the use of a ninth engine resulting in an immediate ten-place grid drop for the following Grand Prix.
Maldonado’s team-mate Rubens Barrichello will be using his eighth engine at the Yas Marina event next weekend.
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