This week, two Formula One squads have confirmed that their new cars for the upcoming World Championship season have passed the FIA’s mandatory series of crash tests.
Early in the week, Scuderia Toro Rosso announced that their Renault-powered STR10 for drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. had gotten the proverbial seal of approval.
They also provided a tiny peek at the new car as well, albeit in its bare carbon fiber form:
And just today, Lotus – which will enter the 2015 campaign with prized Mercedes engines for drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado – confirmed that their new E23 has also secured the thumbs-up from the FIA.
The team’s social media account (definitely a must-follow if you like your F1) has provided a close-up of the E23 as well as a shot from Grosjean’s seat fitting in the car:
STR and Lotus now join Ferrari and Sauber as teams that have confirmed passing of the FIA crash tests this winter. This enables them to take their new cars out on the track for the start of pre-season testing in early February.