It might not be the same as crossing the line first in a Grand Prix, but it appears that Caterham have won one race at least this season - with reports that their proposed 2014 chassis is first in line to undergo the FIA's mandatory static crash test.

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport publication, the team is expecting FIA officials to visit its Leafield headquarters next week to administer the test, a significant milestone in the team's preparations for next season which sees a raft of sweeping technical specification changes.

The report says that many of the other F1 teams will be putting their new chassis through the testing process in the following weeks before Christmas.

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The biggest problem facing the teams is the weight of the new systems mandated for next season, with the new battery system weighing in at 25kg which is the same as the entire KERS system of generator, electronics and battery combined in 2013 and a significant proportion of the 690kg weight that all teams are aiming for under the new rules and regulations.

That's putting a premium on driver size, with only those teams witha brace of drivers on the smaller size - like Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - feeling comfortable about meeting the target.

Another issue is the cooling required for the new systems, with most teams expected to prioritise ensuring that they finish the race without burning up, even if it means incurring a hit in the aerodynamic department.

"With big rule changes, usually it's the one who delivers reliability over pure performance is the one who wins in the end," said Pat Symonds, the new technical director at Williams F1 which is also well advanced in its preparations for 2014.

The increased torque being transmitted through the tyres is also a concern for Pirelli, which is having to transform its compounds for next year's competition to withstand the increased stresses they will be under.

Pirelli had hoped to test its 2014 tyres in practice in Brazil this weekend, but the inclement weather on Friday meant that the opportunity was lost and there is likely to be a push for an extra December test to help the tyre supplier get the information and data that it needs to finalise its own plans for next season.