McLaren has played down reports its 2014 car is yet to pass all of the mandatory FIA crash tests.
"It is normal at this time of the year for teams to push to the limit to achieve maximum performance," a source at the Woking based team reportedly told the German news agency DPA.
"It is no different when it comes to the crash tests," he added, insisting the MP4-29 will pass the tests before it makes its track debut.
However, it is not clear if the tests will be passed in time for the first pre-season session at Jerez in just over a week. Eric Boullier said recently he knew as "fact" that Lotus will not be the only team missing in southern Spain.
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