McLaren plan to run Honda car at Abu Dhabi test

McLaren has confirmed that it plans to run its interim development car at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi next week.

The MP4-29H/1X1 had its first outing last week at Silverstone during a 'filming day' where McLaren gave the new Honda hybrid-V6 power unit its first shakedown.

That test was conducted under tight restrictions as per the regulations, but McLaren are hopeful of running the car and engine in Abu Dhabi where it can test at maximum performance.

"We are working extremely hard to ensure that every element of our competitive package for 2015 and beyond is specified to the fullest extent," read a statement.

"We have spent the past nine months comprehensively recruiting and restructuring within our design and engineering departments; over the next few days we will be evaluating and trialling a range of aerodynamic upgrades for the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and for the 2015 Formula 1 season; furthermore, we are now only a few days away from formally commencing our exciting technical partnership with Honda.

"Subject to satisfactory final bench-testing, it is currently our intention to run our interim development car, the McLaren MP4-29H/1X1, on the test days that will follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix."