Pastor Maldonado will start five places lower than where he manages to qualify in today’s grid-decider at the Bahrain Grand Prix after his Williams team was forced to change his gearbox ahead of today’s final practice session.
Maldonado, who finished a career-best eighth in China, will take the grid drop as a result of the Williams team identifying a fault in the seven-speed unit over the weekend.
A statement issued by the FIA’s technical delegates confirmed that the Venezuelan will incur the grid penalty for tomorrow’s race.
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