McLaren plays down crash test concerns
20 January 2014 – McLaren has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that it is yet to pass all mandatory FIA crash tests with its latest Formula 1 contender, but the team adds that it does not expect any major problems moving forward.
Last week, rumours gathered pace that the MP4-29, which will be unveiled in an online-only digital presentation on Friday, had failed selected homologation tests, putting its attendance at the opening Jerez test under threat.
When quizzed over the matter by GPUpdate.net, a McLaren spokesman said: "At this time of the year it is normal for teams to be pushing everything to the limit to extract the most performance – crash tests are no different."
Attempting to reduce concern, he reinforced: "McLaren will pass all the tests prior to track running."
In 2013, the FIA introduced a rule requiring teams to pass its crash tests for both testing and the races.