The new Anglo-American Haas team has moved another step closer its Formula 1 debut after passing its final mandatory FIA crash test on Friday.
The Banbury-based team, which is entering F1 in partnership with Ferrari but with a Dallara-designed chassis, completed its tests at the Bollate Csi facility in Italy.
It is believed to be the first team to have successfully gone through the crash test process, and been achieved despite the extra challenges faced by what sources have suggested is a short-nose concept.
Under FIA rules, teams are only allowed to test if their cars have passed the crash tests.
With the tests complete, it is understood that the final homologation papers that will allow the Haas car to run should be complete within the next few days.
The team issued a tweet confirming the completion of its test, and looking forward to its debut at the first pre-season test in Barcelona early next month.