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Williams changes Maldonado's engine

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Pastor Maldonado will not receive a penalty for his engine change on Sunday © Sutton Images
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Williams has changed the engine on Pastor Maldonado's car ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Under the regulations, Maldonado will not incur a penalty as he will simply swap to another of his eight allocated engines for the season.

Piston damage was detected during qualifying and the team put a new power plant in on Sunday morning as a precaution.

Engine supplier Renault Sport said the engine could be used again in future practice sessions, which was already the plan once the V8 had completed its mileage in Malaysia.