Honda has unexpectedly been handed an extra power unit token for the remainder of the season after the FIA clarified the Japanese company’s usage for its Malaysian updates.
Honda applied to the FIA to use two tokens in Sepang, for a revised engine block and exhaust.
The changes were tested by Fernando Alonso during Friday practice and, following encouraging results, the Spaniard will be racing with the updates this weekend.
However, Motorsport.com can reveal that the FIA has clarified that Honda did not need to use a token for the engine block - because the changes were for reliability reason and not performance.
A spokesperson for Honda said: “We had applied to the FIA for two tokens, one for the engine block and one for lightweight exhaust.
“The FIA has come back to us in Malaysia that the engine block is related to reliability, therefore it was not necessary for us to submit token use.”
The manufacturer now has two tokens remaining, with only Ferrari having used all of its 2016 allocation thus far.
Although the changes were actually used on track by McLaren in Malaysia the FIA did not issue an official token update over the Sepang weekend because it needed more time to assess the situation.
The current running totals are as follows:
Ferrari 32 (0 remaining)
Honda 30 (1 used at this Event, 2 remaining)
Mercedes 26 (6 remaining)
Renault 14 (18 remaining)