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Grid penalty for Maldonado in Abu Dhabi 01 Nov 2011

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW33.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday, 29 October 2011

Williams’ Pastor Maldonado is set to drop ten places on the grid at the forthcoming 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Maldonado will have to use his ninth engine of the season at Yas Marina.

The rules state that each driver may use no more than eight V8s during a championship campaign and, if they do need to use additional units, they will incur a grid penalty.

But the damage inflicted on the Venezuelan’s eighth engine, following the gearbox failure that led to his early retirement in India at the weekend, means he will have to make use of a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi.