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Mercedes confirms engine parity for customers

Williams, Force India and Manor will make use of the same specification Mercedes power unit as the factory team, Andy Cowell confirms.
Williams, Force India and Manor will get use of the latest specification Mercedes engine as used by the factory team in 2016, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Mercedes introduced an upgrade to its power unit at the Italian Grand Prix in September as part of a new development direction with fuel supplier Petronas, but a limitation of resources at Brixworth meant it couldn't be rolled out to Williams, Force India and former customer Lotus.

Nevertheless, Mercedes AMG HPP managing director Andy Cowell says it was a short-term disadvantage for long-term gain, with Williams, Force India and new customer Manor now able to run the latest specification engine from the opening round in Australia.

“The upgrade that we introduced in Monza last year took a huge amount of effort from the factory at Brixworth and we only had enough resource to supply the works team with the latest spec at that time. However, that is now paying off for every team with Mercedes power, as we've managed to build on that development work through the autumn and winter period.

“Now, all our customers are getting an improved package that is exactly the same specification as the works team. All eight Mercedes powered cars will have exactly the same hardware and performance potential come Melbourne - which is a good step for everyone."



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rob01

February 21, 2016 1:38 PM

richard: shows how worried they are about ferrari! they want to bring williams etc up to speed to act as a buffer . trouble is that now they will have williams to contend with as well.
weren't you the one begging for parity? and now they get the same stuff and you say their worried about Ferrari. why so fickle?

mrfill

February 21, 2016 12:17 PM

"All eight Mercedes powered cars will have exactly the same hardware and performance potential come Melbourne" So, does that mean they will all be running exactly the same fuel and mappings? Of course they will..... Or perhaps he means they will have the same performance potential but sure as eggs, they won't allow them to achieve that potential.



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