McLaren Honda will run a new nose box design at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix after it successfully passed the FIA’s mandatory front-impact crash test.

“We look at the stuff that is coming through, we know we have invented stuff that is not yet at the circuit, we have to deliver it,” McLaren’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Neale, said of the team’s progress.

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will run the new design on the MP4-30 at the Red Bull Ring, which the team hopes will lead to improved competitiveness after a tough start to the season for the team and its new engine partner.

The Woking squad has scored just four points – courtesy of Button’s eighth-placed finish at the Monaco Grand Prix – and sits just ninth in the Constructors’ Championship standings.

Reliability and power from its new Honda power units have been a constant source of problems for the team, which has racked up six failures to finish and two failures to even start a race – beaten only by Lotus on the former tally.

The team had a nightmare Canadian Grand Prix, with both drivers struggling with high fuel consumption before retiring with unrelated exhaust failures.

Image via McLaren Media Centre

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