Ferrari spends most F1 engine tokens ahead of new season

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Ferrari has been revealed as the biggest spender of engine development tokens over the winter ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Under the engine development rules in F1, manufacturers are restricted to spending 32 ‘tokens’ on their power units across the course of the year in a bid to limit spending.

Suppliers receive a new allocation of 32 tokens on January 1, giving them time to update their power units ahead of the new season.

The FIA confirmed on Thursday that Ferrari had spent 23 of its 32 tokens for 2016 heading into this weekend’s race in Melbourne, Australia.

Mercedes has also spent heavily, using 19 tokens as it looks to retain its advantage over the rest of the field for the new campaign.

In a bid to rectify many of the issues that blighted its efforts in 2015, Honda has spent 18 tokens ahead of its second full season since returning to the sport with McLaren.

Renault has opted for a different approach, saving the majority of its tokens for spending in the season. It has used just seven ahead of the new campaign.

2016 F1 Engine Tokens Spent – Australian GP

Ferrari – 23/32
Mercedes – 19/32
Honda – 18/32
Renault – 7/32

2016 F1 Engine Suppliers – Teams Supplied

Ferrari – Ferrari, Sauber, Haas, Toro Rosso (2015-spec)
Mercedes – Mercedes, Williams, Force India, Manor
Renault – Renault, Red Bull (branded TAG Heuer)
Honda – McLaren