Ferrari and Honda have both dipped into their allocation of power unit upgrade tokens in the build-up to the Canadian GP, becoming the first manufacturers to take advantage of the loophole in this year’s rules that allowed for some development during the season.
Ferrari has used three of its tokens, and Honda two. However it doesn’t necessarily mean that the upgraded engines will definitely be deployed in Montreal, although the Japanese manufacturer has indicated that they will be.
A Technical Directive from the FIA’s Charlie Whiting to the teams today said: “Further to our note on 13 March (TD/008-15) I can confirm that, in preparation for the Canadian Grand Prix, two power unit manufacturers have used some of their allocated ‘tokens’.
“As a consequence, and in accordance with Appendix 4 of the F1 Technical Regulations, each manufacturer now has the following number of ‘tokens’ available for use during the 2015 season.
“Ferrari 7 (3 used)
“Honda 7 (2 used)”
The tokens are for performance upgrades, and are independent of any modifications for reliability purposes that are allowed by the FIA without use of tokens.