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.