Not long after Honda teased its 2015 Formula One engine, the sole F1 team set to use the powertrain next season, McLaren, has just started testing the engine.

The first track testing session took place yesterday at the Silverstone circuit in the U.K as part of a preliminary filming day. As a result of this, testing was limited and conducted on demonstration tyres. Behind the wheel of the McLaren F1 car was test driver Oliver Turvey.

The regulations around in-season Formula One testing mean that during a filming day, only 60 miles of running is permitted. During the session, the McLaren MP4-29H/1X1 is reported to have stopped once on the track but was quickly back up and running.

Despite the tests being conducted far from racing speed, McLaren said “a lot of positivity” came out of the preliminary test. The next test of the Honda engine will take place after next weekend’s Abu Dhabi grand prix.

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