Schumacher demoted to 22nd on Bahrain grid
22 April 2012 – He was 17th after a qualifying disaster in Bahrain, but Michael Schumacher has now been demoted to 22nd position after changing his gearbox and incurring the five-place penalty which goes with it. His challenge is now to rise through the field.
Tipped by many for a front row start on Saturday, Schumacher was badly hindered by a DRS failure and then knocked out of Q1 as Heikki Kovalainen improved his time for Caterham. Although Pastor Maldonado has also received a gearbox change penalty, he starts ahead of Schumacher because the Williams drop was applied first.
Mercedes has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that Schumacher will be setting off from the grid, as opposed to the pit lane. Team-mate Nico Rosberg starts from fifth place.
The 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix begins at 3pm local time (BST +2) and can be followed through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report.