Jules Bianchi has been hit with a grid penalty after his Marussia mechanics were forced to perform a last-minute gearbox change.

The Frenchman had qualified 19th-fastest – quickest of the four-car Marussia-Caterham battle at the rear of the field – but the repair work now means he will start from the back of the grid for today’s 78-lap race.

Traditionally, a five-place grid penalty would be served, but Bianchi only loses two spots as Caterham rival Marcus Ericsson is forced to start from the pit lane after he was found guilty of recklessly colliding with Felipe Massa in yesterday’s qualifying session.

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