McLaren passes FIA crash test with new nose design

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McLaren has confirmed that its new nose design for the MP4-30 car has passed the required FIA crash test and will debut at next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The British team has endured a tough start to the 2015 Formula 1 season after making the switch to Honda engines, scoring just four points in the opening seven races.

The team’s frustrations came to a head in Canada last weekend as Fernando Alonso said he appeared “amateur” when racing outside of the points before eventually retiring.

McLaren has long urged patience as its revival with Honda begins to gather steam, and it appears another positive step has been taken as the team confirmed last night that its new nose design has passed the FIA crash test.

Team racing director Eric Boullier recently paid tribute to both his drivers, the staff and its fans for supporting McLaren through this difficult time and continuing to dig deep, having experienced its worst ever start to an F1 season.

Perhaps the biggest saving grace for McLaren is that the car, when on the pace as we saw at Monaco, is capable of scoring points. The Honda power unit is still very much in its early stages, and by the time it has completed its development cycle and is up to speed with the likes of Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes, McLaren could yet be fighting back towards the front of the field.

A number of teams are expected to bring upgrades to the race in Austria next weekend including Toro Rosso, whilst Force India will debut its major update package at the British Grand Prix two weeks later.