As the midfield fight intensifies, every upgrade takes on an even greater importance. For this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Haas and Sauber are the recipients, with Ferrari providing their customer teams with an updated power unit…
Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Sauber duo Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc fitted a new specification internal combustion engine [ICE], turbocharger and MGU-H ahead of first practice at the Hungaroring.
Romain Grosjean had a new ICE, too, but the Haas driver misses out on the new turbocharger and MGU-H as he has already used his allocation of those parts and the team are keen to avoid penalties for now.
The early signs were positive, according to Grosjean, who was seventh fastest behind the top three teams in each of Friday’s two practice sessions.
“We haven’t used everything yet, but it’s a good step,” he said after FP2. His Team Principal Guenther Steiner added: “You get a bit more power, a bit more efficiency [with every step, but] I can’t tell you a percentage.”