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Maldonado hit with grid sanction

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Nov 2011 14:39

Maldonado - Will start well back in the grid for the Abu Dhabi race
Maldonado - Will start well back in the grid for the Abu Dhabi race

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado will incur a 10-place grid penalty at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix due to exceeding his engine allowance.

The Venezuelan suffered damage to his Cosworth power unit when his gearbox failed during Sunday's Indian Grand Prix, meaning his team will have to install his ninth engine of the year for the race at the Yas Marina Circuit on 13 November.

All drivers are restricted to a maximum of eight engines during the course of the season, with the use of an additional unit triggering a penalty.

Williams' chief operations engineer Mark Gillan confirmed: "Pastor will use a ninth engine in Abu Dhabi, due to damage incurred following the gearbox failure in India, he will therefore incur a subsequent 10-place grid penalty."

Maldonado's team-mate Rubens Barrichello will use his eighth engine in Abu Dhabi, which is the penultimate round of the season.