Schumi hit with gearbox penalty

Sunday 22-April-2012 10:49

Michael Schumacher will start Sunday's Chinese GP 22nd on the grid after incurring a gearbox penalty.

Schumacher qualified a disappointing 18th for the grand prix due to a DRS problem in Saturday's first segment.

But, due to a penalty handed to Williams' Pastor Maldonado, was set to begin the Bahrain GP 17th on the grid.

However, due to Schumacher lowly grid slot, Mercedes reportedly opted to change his gearbox.

And any gearbox change comes with an automatic five-place grid penalty.

The Grid
01 Sebastian Vettel
02 Lewis Hamilton
03 Mark Webber
04 Jenson Button
05 Nico Rosberg
06 Daniel Ricciardo
07 Romain Grosjean
08 Sergio Perez
09 Fernando Alonso
10 Paul di Resta
11 Kimi Raikkonen
12 Kamui Kobayashi
13 Nico Hulkenberg
14 Felipe Massa
15 Bruno Senna
16 Heikki Kovalainen
17 Jean-Eric Vergne
18 Vitaly Petrov
19 Charles Pic
20 Pedro de la Rosa
21 Pastor Maldonado *
22 Michael Schumacher *
23 Timo Glock
24 Narain Karthikeyan

* Penalty - Gearbox Change

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