After confirming on Thursday that it would be conducting a ‘filming day’ using a Honda-powered version of its 2014 car, the first picture of the McLaren car has emerged from Silverstone today.
If you were expecting a dramatic overhaul of the car and livery especially for this test, prepare to be disappointed. The McLaren MP4-29H/1X1, as this interim car has been christened, is exactly the same aesthetically bar the Honda logo in place of the normal Mercedes one.
Here are some pictures from the test, courtesy of Honda’s official Twitter account.
— Honda 本田技研工業(株) (@HondaJP) November 14, 2014
McLaren has been permitted to complete the test as one of its filming days – allowed by the F1 regulations – with a limit of 100km. This amounts to 16 laps of Silverstone Circuit in England.
The team’s development driver, Oliver Turvey, tweeted his pride in being the first driver to get behind the wheel of a McLaren-Honda since 1992 earlier today.
— Oliver Turvey (@OliverTurvey) November 14, 2014
Although 16 laps may not seem like much, McLaren will still have been able to gauge how the new power unit works ahead of a possible run at the end of season test in Abu Dhabi later this month.