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McLaren's 2014 Formula 1 car passes final crash tests

Jenson Button, McLaren, Jerez F1 testing February 2013

McLaren looks set to make it to the first 2014 Formula 1 test at Jerez after its new car passed all the mandatory crash tests.

The Woking squad was facing a race against time with its MP4-29 last week, when AUTOSPORT learned that it was still to get through the full set of crash tests, amid speculation that it had failed at least one.

F1 cars must pass all the tests before they can start running in testing under the current regulations. Previously they only had to pass in time for the opening grand prix.

How an F1 crash test works

On Tuesday, McLaren confirmed all the tests have now been passed, clearing the way for the new Mercedes-powered car to begin running at Jerez when the action commences on January 28.

AUTOSPORT understands that it completed the final test earlier today.

McLaren will launch its new F1 car on Friday with an online event.

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