Schumacher given grid penalty for Bahrain GP

© Ubaid Parkar, 22 April 2012
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Michael Schumacher has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix following an unscheduled gearbox change in his Mercedes after qualifying.

The German driver received the added setback after he had managed to qualify in a lowly 18th place when he failed to proceed into the second leg of the session on Saturday due to mechanical problems.

Schumacher was slated to start from 17th on the grid owing to Pastor Maldonado’s penalty after Williams too changed the gearbox in his car earlier on Friday, pushing him down to 22nd.

With the latest reshuffling, the seven-time world champion will now start behind the Venezuelan in 22nd with Maldonado in 21st.

According to regulations, a gearbox is to last for five races before it is allowed to be changed without incurring a penalty. The Bahrain GP is the fourth round of the season.

On Saturday, Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne escaped a severe punishment at the hands of the stewards after he did not stop his car at the weighbridge after his qualifying session ended.

The FIA reprimanded the rookie driver after the was car brought back to FIA garage when the Frenchman realised his error promoting officials to take it easy on the driver.


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