Williams driver Pastor Maldonado set for Bahrain Grand Prix gearbox penalty
|By Jonathan Noble
||Saturday, April 21st 2012, 07:16 GMT
Pastor Maldonado is set for a five-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix after needing a new gearbox on his Williams for this weekend's event.
The Venezuelan was eighth in China, which was his first finish of the season, but his Williams team found a problem with the gearbox after the grand prix and it was decided he would need a new unit for the Sakhir race.
A statement issued by Formula 1 technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed that Maldonado was in breach of the regulations with the change, which means the stewards will automatically hand him a five-place penalty later on.