McLaren confirm their MP4-29 chassis has passed its mandatory crash tests

New car cleared for pre-season testing debut

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 22/01/14 1:02pm

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Passed the test: McLaren launch their new car on Friday

Passed the test: McLaren launch their new car on Friday

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McLaren have confirmed their new MP4-29 chassis has passed all of its mandatory crash tests, clearing the way for its debut in pre-season testing at Jerez.

Reports over the weekend suggested that the team were struggling to make the first test, which starts next week on Tuesday, because the car had not passed all of its mandatory tests.

However, the team have now tweeted confirmation that the FIA tests, which must be ticked off before an F1 car takes to the track, have been satisfied.

Cars are subjected to a rigorous series of impact tests at the front, rear and sides, with the survival cell, fuel tank and roll structure also scrutinised.

In amongst the 2014 season's many technical changes, cars will henceforth be fitted with standard side-impact structures, developed by Red Bull.

McLaren will launch their car online on Friday.

The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests, starting in Jerez on Tuesday January 28, with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.

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