Pastor Maldonado has been handed a five-place grid penalty

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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