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Calado handed ten-place grid penalty for Bahrain

by Peter Allen

Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service

James Calado will start the GP2 feature race in Bahrain ten places lower than where he finishes in qualifying after being penalised for causing the first lap accident that put him out of the Malaysia sprint race.

The British driver tripped over Fabio Leimer under braking for turn four, breaking his front wing and sending him out of control, colliding with Julian Leal and?Sam Bird and forcing the pair to retire.

Stewards deemed Calado to be at fault and handed him a ten-place grid penalty for the next race in Bahrain on 20 April.

Widely tipped as the pre-season favourite, ART Grand Prix driver Calado lies fourth in the drivers’ standings after Malaysia thanks to his second place finish in Saturday’s feature race.