It’s a bad day being at the back of the F1 grid, with rather meaningless 5-place grid penalties have been issued to both Virgin drivers and HRT’s Karun Chandhok in the lead-up to this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Chandhok’s penalty is as a result of a gearbox change in his HRT F110, with the rules stipulating that gearboxes should survive four race weekends intact.

For the Virgin Racing boys, their penalties are due to the team failing to notify the FIA of what gear ratio settings were being run after Friday practice, as stipulated in the rules.

Bruno Senna FP3 The penalties all but confirm that Glock and di Grassi will be starting from either 22nd or 23rd on the grid, ahead of Chandhok, who will start from last place.

Bruno Senna (pictured) will be promoted off the back row of the grid, but his wallet will be a little lighter after he was slapped with a €1,400 fine by the stewards for exceeding the 60km/h pit lane speed limit by 6.1km/h during Friday’s opening practice session.

[Original image via GP Update]

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