Mercedes uses remaining development tokens to upgrade power units

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Mercedes has used all of its remaining development tokens to upgrade its power units ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The four engine suppliers in F1 – Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda – have an allocation of development tokens that can be used across the course of the season.

In a bid to increase its advantage over the chasing pack and prepare for the 2016 season, Mercedes has taken the decision to use all seven of its remaining tokens ahead of the race at Monza where engine power is key.

The defending constructors’ champion confirmed via its official Twitter account that both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg would therefore take a new power unit each to take full advantage of the upgrade.

In short: it’s not good news for the chasing pack. Whilst Renault and Ferrari have opted to bide their time and still have tokens left over, Mercedes has upped the stakes for this weekend’s race in a move that should see the Silver Arrows enjoy an even greater advantage at the front of the field.

Mercedes also tweeted out a picture of its Monza-spec wing, which minimizes drag in a bid to optimize the straight-line speed of the car.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.