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2011-11-02 06:57

ACTION IN JAPAN: Pastor Maldonado's Williams in rain in Japan but later engine problems have given him a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi. Image: AFP

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado's hope of scoring points in next week's Abu Dhabi F1 GP took a knock on Tuesday when his team said he would have a 10-place penalty on the grid.

The F1 rookie retired from the inaugural Indian GP on October 30 with a gearbox failure that damaged his engine so will now have to use his ninth engine of the season in the penultimate race of the year, exceeding his allocation of eight.


That means a 10-place grid penalty.

Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello will use a new, eighth engine.

Williams has scored only five points from 17 races this year, the former World champion team's worst performance since the 1970's. 


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