Hungarian Grand Prix – Both Sauber and Haas will be using updated Ferrari power unit components at this weekend’s race at the Hungaroring.
Aiding their fight in the midfield, the FIA have confirmed that both Haas and Sauber drivers will be running updated internal combustion engines (ICE) at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
As part of Ferrari’s validation of the new components, Haas and Sauber will run the new ICE, and it is expected that Ferrari will run the new components at the next race in Belgium.
New turbochargers and MGU-Hs (Motor Generator Unit – Heat) have also been allocated to the teams, and these will be used by Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc.
Romain Grosjean is the man to miss out on a new turbo and MGU-H as he is already at the limit of these components, and taking any new parts would result in grid penalties.
This tactic of giving the upgrades to the customer teams first was used in the Monaco Grand Prix, where Sauber and Haas used the upgrades before they were used by Ferrari at the next race in Canada.
Whilst the updated parts will aid both Haas and Sauber, the full force of this upgrade is likely to be more evident at the upcoming high-power tracks, such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.
The upgrades are not thought to be responsible for the pace increase witnessed by Ferrari in recent races.