The Haas Formula 1 team has revealed that its 2016 season challenger has passed the mandatory FIA crash tests.
The news ensures the American outfit will be able to test its newly built car ahead of its maiden season in the sport.
Haas F1 is the first new squad to compete in F1 since the arrival of Manor (Virgin, Marussia), Caterham and HRT in 2010.
“Passed FIA crash tests. Next up testing,” the team posted on its official Twitter account.
Bolstered by a technical alliance with Ferrari, which will see the team use the Italian manufacturer’s engines, Haas F1 has already set itself a bold target of claiming points in its first race at the Australian Grand Prix (March 17-20).
Pre-season testing is due to begin with a Pirelli wet weather tyre test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France from January 25-26.
The first full preseason test will take place at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya from February 22-25.