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Chilton set for late gearbox penalty 26 May 2013

Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013

Max Chilton is expected to start his first Monaco Grand Prix from the back of the grid on Sunday afternoon after Marussia decided to change the gearbox on his car ahead of the race.

Chilton had qualified in 20th position, but the fresh gearbox will almost certainly mean a five-place grid penalty, dropping him onto the back row with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. Regulations require gearboxes to last five race weekends.

Chilton’s team mate Jules Bianchi failed to set a qualifying time on Saturday after technical problems at the start of Q1. Like Massa, he will race at the stewards’ discretion and is now set to start from 20th on the grid.

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