Japanese GP: Pastor Maldonado gets penalty for F1 engine change

Pastor Maldonado will be the second Formula 1 driver in 2014 to be hit with a grid penalty for using a sixth engine

Japanese GP: Pastor Maldonado gets penalty for F1 engine change

The Lotus driver introduced his sixth internal combustion engine of the season ahead of Friday morning practice in Suzuka.

This means he will be hit with a 10-place grid penalty, the remainder of which could be carried over to the Russian GP if he qualifies lower than 12th, under rules that allow such penalties to be spread over two race weekends if they cannot be served in full.

The team has been expecting to have to take the hit of grid penalties in the closing stages of the season after problems early in the year, so this comes as no surprise.

If Maldonado were to introduce a sixth version of any other parts of the power unit, he will be given a five-place grid penalty, with another 10-place grid penalty were he to use a seventh component.

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was the first driver to be penalised under this rule, suffering a 10-place grid penalty at the Italian GP last month.

As the Russian ended qualifying 11th fastest, he was able to serve all of his 10-place penalty in one hit.

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