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Maini escapes penalty despite T-Sport engine switch

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Indian rising star Arjun Maini will not face a grid penalty this weekend at the Hungaroring despite his ThreeBond with T-Sport team being forced to change his engine.

The FIA and the other teams allowed Maini to escape sanction, with the Indian driver switching from the #15 he raced in Paul Ricard to the #14 car due to the team being forced to revert to the British NBE engine rather than the ThreeBond engine he raced in France.

Maini appeared to struggle for pace throughout the Paul Ricard weekend, and the team are hopeful the situation can be rectified so to get the ThreeBond engine back on track later in the season.

“We had some issues at Paul Ricard, and in the short timeframe of the championship it’s very difficult to rectify the problems we had,” said team boss Russell Eacott to Autosport.

“We needed to make a change to improve performance quickly for the sake of the season. We hope to get the car out with the ThreeBond engine at some point over the course of the year.”

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