McLaren to copy Ferrari suspension for 2013 car

Ferrari F2012 front suspension detail. Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday 24 May 2012.Jun.29 (GMM) McLaren is considering following Ferrari‘s lead and introducing the unusual pull-rod style front suspension for its 2013 F1 car.

That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, citing the information of multiple Italian specialist sources.

Ferrari raised eyebrows early this year when the aggressive F2012 was launched with pull-rod suspension: a configuration not seen since Fernando Alonso raced a Minardi more than a decade ago.

The Italian team’s early struggles sparked rumours that Ferrari could scrap the experiment, but the subsequent giant strides of progress have now reportedly attracted McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe’s attention.

Marca said Lowe “is paying close attention to the front of the Ferrari in his preliminary studies for the MP4-28″.

“He understands it could be a good solution in allowing more air to the diffuser”.

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has been driving the F2012 for aerodynamic straightline tests this week at the Idiada facility in Spain.

Team president Luca di Montezemolo said this week that Ferrari cannot relax even though Alonso, the only repeat race winner in 2012, is leading the world championship.

“Yes, I am worried, because I expect three very tough races at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Budapest and because we have seen [at Valencia] that Red Bull is very strong,” he said.

“If we want to achieve our goals then we must make a step forward.”

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  • Kevin

    Possibly one of the dumbest non-stories of the year to date. If one were to copy any car on the grid, why the one supposedly feigning struggle all season thus far? How does this useless tid bit devolve into a comment about Alonso feeling the next three races will be tough? The Ferrari PR machine needs to dial it back a bit. Then Sebastian has said nothing to Lewis about his altercation with Maldanodo, while Weber feels confident he will be able to fit into his car much like he did in Valencia, having not gained any weight this week.