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Senna gets gearbox penalty after qualifying crash at Singapore


By Berthold Bouman

Bruno Senna will be demoted from 17th to 22nd place on the start grid for the Singapore Grand Prix, as his Williams team had to replace the gearbox of his car after he had crashed into the wall for the second time this weekend.

Bruno Senna, Williams

During the second free practice session on Friday the Brazilian had already crashed into the wall while exiting Turn 19, he caused a red flag and could not participate in the remainder of the practice session.

During qualifying yesterday he had already kissed the wall but not much later he crashed out of qualifying while exiting Turn 21, the right rear suspension was badly damaged and this meant Senna was out of qualifying altogether.

His mechanics later found the impact had damaged the gearbox as well, and it had to be replaced. Gearboxes are required to last five consecutive events according to the regulations, thus Senna will drop five places and start from 22nd spot on the grid.

“I was pushing very hard to get a good lap but I pushed a little over the edge. This place isn’t very forgiving so we broke the rear suspension. Unfortunately that brought an early end to qualifying but we now we need to focus on tomorrow,” Senna commented yesterday.

His team colleague Pastor Maldonado will start from the front row after a great qualifying lap in the third and last qualifying session yesterday.

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