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McLaren MP4-29 passes all crash tests

The teams vows to be ready for Jerez while signs of a "sober" livery emerge.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January 21th, 2014 (F1plus/GMM).- McLaren's 2014 car is now clear to make its track debut at Jerez in one week.

Earlier, reports suggested the new MP4-29 had failed one of the FIA's crash tests, which all must be passed before a wheel can be turned even in winter testing.

Spain's El Mundo Deportivo had said the new McLaren would undergo a new round of crash tests this week, so that it could be launched online this Friday in the knowledge it would then be clear to test a few days later at Jerez.

"Confirmed," McLaren told its almost half million Twitter followers on Tuesday. "MP4-29 has passed all its FIA crash tests."

On a different note, the team looks set to enter the 2014 season without an orange livery, and without a replacement for departed title sponsor Vodafone.

The great British team has launched a range of new official replica teamwear, and it is a predictable, Ron Dennis-style grey and white.

Moreover, the main lettering on the shirts and caps is simply 'McLaren', while the full team name now reads as 'McLaren Mercedes', suggesting a successor for departed Vodafone will not be announced.

The news would seem to end speculation the Woking based team could revert to its traditional orange for the 2014 livery, as the curtain falls on the Mercedes era just one year ahead of the switch to works Honda power.

The new teamwear can be seen at http://www.mclarenstore.com/en/uk/men/2014-replica-teamwear/icat/men2014replicateamwear/

Meanwhile, in a clear hint that Giedo van der Garde's time at Caterham is up, the logos of the Dutchman's main backer McGregor have been removed from the team's official sponsor page.

It is believed the Tony Fernandes-led team, having fielded van der Garde alongside Charles Pic last year, is set to enter the 2014 season with Kamui Kobayashi alongside rookie Marcus Ericsson.

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