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Mercedes respond to rumours about their 2022 car

Mercedes insist that their 2022 F1 car has completed the FIA's homologation process, amid reports of a failed crash test.

Mercedes W13
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Mercedes have responded to rumours that their new F1 car, the W13, failed a pre-season crash test, insisting that it completed the FIA's homologation process some time ago.

Over the weekend, Italian media reported that 2021 title rivals Red Bull and Mercedes had both failed to pass the mandatory tests. However, after Red Bull eased concerns about their preparations, Mercedes have also moved to deny the reports.

Mercedes pass the FIA's checks with their new car

In a note sent to media, including RacingNews365.com, Mercedes confirmed that the W13 cleared the FIA's homologation process some two-and-a-half weeks ago, on 13 January.

The team also noted the reinforced 'side squeeze test' under F1's new technical regulations, which reports had singled out as an apparent problem area.

Mercedes are set to launch their 2022 car to the world on 18 February.

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