Williams` Maldonado gets 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi

Paris: The struggling Williams` Formula One team suffered a setback Tuesday when its driver Pastor Maldonado was given a 10-place grid penalty for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from Nov 11 to 13.

The rule only allows a driver to use eight engines in a season and if an extra one is used, a grid penalty will be imposed.

Maldonado will lose ten places from his qualifying performance at the Yas Marina Circuit following a gear box failure in his Williams` during the Indian Grand Prix Sunday, leading to his early retirement from the inaugural race.

Williams` have so far scored only five points in 17 races with their last one coming in the Belgian Grand Prix in August.

The team`s other driver is Rubens Barichello.


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