Defending world champion Mercedes and Sauber becomes latest F1 team to pass FIA mandatory crash test and they joins Ferrari, Renault F1, Force India, Haas F1, Toro Rosso and Manor in confirming its car has passed the tests.
All teams needed pass chassis crash-test before the car takes to the track at Barcelona on 22 February.
“It is a very significant increase,” Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe said in a video released by his Mercedes team.
“It is five tonnes of load that the chassis has to take sideways. It is intended to significantly increase the protection for the drivers should major pieces of debris, including a whole car, arrive at this point [of the cockpit].”
“It has been a big job for the people concerned with designing chassis, because it is a very significant load increase.” He added
Sauber F1 team confirming via twitter: “YAY! The #SauberC35 did it! Nose & chassis passed the static & dynamic crash tests!”
McLaren-Honda and Red Bull still confirming the chassis are homologated.