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F1 NEWS 

New Williams FW35 passes final crash test

New Williams passes final crash testThe new Williams-Renault FW35 has passed the final crash test ahead of its track debut at next week's Barcelona test.

Williams ran its 2012 machine in last week's first pre-season test at Jerez after deciding not to use the new car there in order to focus on evaluating the 2013 Pirelli tyres.

But after passing the final nose test as scheduled last Thursday, the new car will be able to hit the track on February 19.

At Jerez last week, Pastor Maldonado told AUTOSPORT that he was confident about the new machine.

"It's a step," said Maldonado. "We try to look at every single component, everything.

"But all the cars look very similar to last year because the rules are the same.

"It's a small improvement all round the car and we are quite confident that it will be very competitive this year, even better than the previous one."

2013 pre-season dates

Car launches

Team          Date 
Lotus January 28
McLaren January 31
Ferrari February 1
Force India February 1
Sauber February 2
Red Bull February 3
Mercedes February 4
Toro Rosso February 4
Caterham February 5
Marussia February 5
Williams February 19 Testing
Venue         Date 
Jerez 5-8 February
Barcelona 19-22 February
Barcelona 28 February-3 March
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