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Grid penalty for Raikkonen 02 Apr 2004

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 1 April 2004

McLaren suffers engine fire in practice in Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen will be forced to drop ten places on the Bahrain grid following an engine failure during Friday's second practice session.

The Finn brought out the yellow flags barely ten minutes into the session as he was forced to pull off with flames licking from the rear of his MP4-19.

The blaze was caused by a fuel leak and engineers were forced to change the Mercedes V10, which under the 2004 one-engine-per-weekend rule, means Raikkonen will be demoted ten places on the grid for Sunday's race.

Raikkonen, who finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in last year's drivers' championship, has had a disappointing start to his 2004 campaign, failing to finish in either of the opening two rounds.