Maldonado handed five-place grid penalty
21 April 2012 – Pastor Maldonado has been docked five places on the Bahrain Grand Prix grid for a gearbox change. The modification came after the opening pair of free practice sessions on Friday and follows a first points finish of 2012 in China.
With Practice 2 seeing Maldonado in 15th position with team-mate Bruno Senna 18th, Williams appears to be set for its toughest weekend of the year so far; bearing in mind that pace, the penalised Venezuelan could be facing a Q1 knockout in qualifying.
Qualifying so far in 2012 - Pastor Maldonado:
Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying begins at 2pm local time (BST +2) and can also be followed via the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report.