F1: McLaren first to announce that 2015 car has passed FIA crash tests

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McLaren has become the first team to announce that its 2015 car has passed the FIA’s mandatory crash tests. All new cars must pass these tests before they are allowed to go on track.

The team tweeted out the news earlier today, complete with a smiling crash test dummy graphic:

The milestone for the Honda-powered MP4-30 comes one day after McLaren finally revealed veterans and ex-World Champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso as its race drivers for next season.

Last year’s McLaren challenger, the Mercedes-powered MP4-29, did not pass the crash tests until a week before preseason testing was to begin in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

But with the early 2015 test success, the Woking squad will have a few less things to worry over as it looks to make strides in the off-season that will help them move back up F1’s pecking order.

The first preseason test session of 2015 is scheduled for Feb. 1-4 in Jerez.