Mercedes' Formula 1 team has improved the car's engine for the Austrian Grand Prix, a racing spokesman confirmed at Autosport.com . The red bull ring in Spielberg, Austria, will see the restart of the royal class of motorsport this weekend.
The update should improve the reliability of the engine of drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Customer teams Racing Point and Williams will also have access to a new power source.
During the test weeks in February in Barcelona, Spain, it appeared that the Mercedes engine was not reliable enough. A new copy would already be used at the Australian Grand Prix in March, but that race was canceled last minute after McLaren withdrew due to a positive corona test within the British team.
During the corona interruption, Mercedes made more engine improvements. "We have a different Spec engine than in Melbourne because we have since made reliability updates," said a Mercedes spokesman.
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Red Bull also comes with a new engine, Ferrari only later
Red Bull Racing, the team of Max Verstappen, and sister team AlphaTauri also have a new power ticket at the opening race in Austria. Motorcycle supplier Honda was able to resume work earlier than the competition due to the earlier easing of corona measures in Japan.
Ferrari will only make an engine update at the Grand Prix in Hungary. The Italian team will drive the first two races in Austria with the power source that was also used during the test weeks.
Mercedes is driving an almost all-black car this season to draw attention to the global fight against racism. Reigning world champion Hamilton has spoken out several times recently about racism in society and motorsport. He also established a committee to increase diversity in motorsport.
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