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Mercedes GP did not take long to submit their 2011 challenger to the first round of FIA crash tests and, according to reports, the car passed them quite easy. Which means that Ross Brawn and his team of designers can now fully focus on the aerodynamics of the new car, since the chassis has already proven worthy of the current FIA standards for F1. The news was reported by French commentator Jean Louis Moncet, who wrote in his Auto Plus column that the 2011 Mercedes, code naamed the W02 has been tested by the FIA in similar fashion with how it tested the Ferrari 2011 car shortly after Christmas. Mercedes GP therefore becomes the second F1 team to have their chassis crash tested successfully a month before the official start of the winter testing.
Several other crash tests will follow, but it is believed this first one was the most important.
The ones to follow will focus on car parts.
While the location of Ferrari's crash test was disclosed, it happened at the CSI facility near Milan, M