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F1 Belgian GP: Mercedes confirms power unit upgrade

Mercedes confirms it has used five tokens upgrading its power unit ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Mercedes has confirmed it upgraded its power unit over the summer break with both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg making use of an updated engine for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The manufacturer revealed it has spent five tokens from its remaining allocation, though refused to give more detail about which areas have been focused on. It is left with six tokens to spend this year, though a spokesperson stressed it is under no obligation to use them.

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The German firm confirmed the upgrade is also available to customers Force India, Williams and Manor but having taken new engines at Hockenheimring they will likely wait until incorporating the updates.

Mercedes' upgrade comes after Honda used seven tokens updating its power unit for McLaren.

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August 26, 2016 4:47 PM

This makes sense for them since they are also stockpiling extra PU's for Hamilton this weekend too. Since the stockpiled PU's can't be upgraded once they have been put in service, I figured that Merc would get the upgrades in before Ham started taking grid penalties and that way the stockpiled power units are the latest spec.


August 27, 2016 1:49 AM

Yeah, I'm curious what the tokens were used for too, but haven't found any info on that either. I did read that the upgrades were also available to the customer teams too on one site (Motorsport maybe) but that the customer teams weren't ready to use a new PU yet. The other article also didn't say what the upgrades were either. I also don't remember coming across any info on the Honda upgrades in the new PU's they are using this weekend either though, so Mercedes isn't the only one not publishing what they spent their tokens on either. Of course the Honda upgrades only mean something to the McLaren bunch since nobody else is running their PU.

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