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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.
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|1.||S. Vettel||Red Bull|
|3.||M. Webber||Red Bull|
|6.||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso|
|10.||P. di Resta||Force India|
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|20 Jun||Mercedes claims no rules were broken|
|20 Jun||Test permission not granted, reiterates FIA|
|2012 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix|
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|25 Apr '12||Di Resta hails Force India’s best performance|
|25 Apr '12||Interview with Force India’s Paul di Resta|
|28 May||Video: Schumacher at the Nordschleife|
|21 May||Video: Schumacher, Rosberg at Nordschleife|
|20 May||Photos: Schumacher drives the Nordschleife|
|20 Jun||Silverstone enjoys late surge in ticket sales|
|20 Jun||The International Tribunal judging panel|
|15 Jun||FIA confirms two DRS zones for Hungary|
|14 Jun||Two DRS zones confirmed for German GP|
|More Michael Schumacher photos|