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Engine penalty for Barrichello - updated 07 Apr 2007

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing RB3.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 7 April 2007 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 7 April 2007

Honda’s Rubens Barrichello will start Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid following an unscheduled engine change ahead of qualifying.

Barrichello hit problems with his race car at the start of Saturday’s session, forcing the Brazilian to switch to the spare RA107. Unfortunately the team did not have time to transfer his race engine, hence he incurs a ten-place grid penalty.

Red Bull’s David Coulthard had also been expected to drop to the back after the V8 on his RB3 was replaced. However, subsequent clarification revealed the change was made before practice started and was hence legal, as Coulthard did not finish at the last round in Australia. The Scot will start from 13th place.