Honda have been allowed by the FIA to introduce performance-related updates in-season updates to their Power Unit, after they were previously told that they had to stick to last years homologation deadline on February 28th.
The move comes after Honda protested the rule in what it believed was an unfair situation. Now however they will be able to develop their engine, providing that they stick to the same development limits as the rest of the engine manufacturers. However rather than being given 32 out of the 66 tokens to develop their engine, instead Honda will be given an average that has been calculated from the number of tokens unused by the other engine manufacturers by the start of the season.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Charlie Whiting gave the example whereby: “If the three 2014 manufacturers have eight, seven and five unused tokens respectively at the start of the season, then the new manufacturer will be allowed to use six during the season (the average rounded down to the nearest whole number)”.
So whilst we are unclear on the amount of development that Honda will be able to do exactly, chances most of the engine manufacturers are not going to have used up all 32 by the start of the season. We expect Ferrari to have made the most advances along with Renault, with Mercedes using the least and saving their tokens up for later in the season, when they plan on testing parts for the 2016 season.