McLaren MP4-29 passes FIA crash tests 21 January, 2014 McLaren has confirmed that its new 2014 car, designated MP4-29, has passed the official FIA Formula 1 crash tests. On Twitter the team announced, “Confirmed: MP4-29 has passed all its FIA crash tests.” The team grabbed headlines this past week with Ron Dennis returning to the helm as CEO, after ousting Martin Whitmarsh from the position. Under Whitmarsh’s leadership the Woking based outfit had not only failed to secure a title sponsor ahead of the new season, they had also failed the mandatory FIA crash tests, which delayed the build of the new car. The MP4-29 will be unveiled online on Friday, 24 January, but it is uncertain if the team will have the car ready in time for testing in Jerez. Sources indicate that the team is in a race against time to get the new car ready for running on 28 January, but “it’s all hands on deck” to get the car ready for Jenson Button and new signing Kevin Magnussen to drive in Spain next week. (GP247) Subbed by AJN.