FIA approves McLaren’s shorter nose for Austrian GP

After much speculation it was announced today that the McLaren-Honda team are allowed to race a shorter nose at the Austrian Grand Prix after passing a series of FIA crash tests.

The new nose is expected to be a significant upgrade to the McLaren MP4-30.

Even with several small adjustments since the start of the season, the Honda-powered team has struggled mightily with only one points scoring outing to date – Jenson Button secured four points by finishing 8th at Monaco.

Two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has yet to finish in the points at any race this year.

The team confirmed the news through social media via Twitter:

“News from MTC: We can confirm that the new MP4-30 nose box has passed the FIA crash test and will be available to use from the Austrian GP.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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