Ferrari to abandon pullrod layout for 2014

Ferrari F138 suspension

Ferrari F138 suspension

Ferrari has almost certainly abandoned its approach to the pull-rod front suspension layout ahead of the 2014 season.

That is the claim of the authoritative Italian publication Autosprint, after Ferrari came close to winning last year’s title with the ‘pullrod’ system not previously seen on the Formula 1 grid for more than a decade.

Ferrari, however, fell well short of having the fastest car in 2013, despite Fernando Alonso managing to finish runner-up behind Red Bull‘s dominant Sebastian Vettel.

Autosprint reports: “The 2014 Ferrari will almost certainly abandon the pull-rod front suspension to return to classic pushrod, as per all the other teams apart from McLaren.”

Indeed, McLaren – despite having arguably the fastest car at the end of 2012 – followed Ferrari’s lead into pullrod technology for 2013, and promptly had its worst season in decades.

Ferrari’s change of direction may have been influenced by newcomer James Allison, who was responsible for the highly competitive Lotus cars of recent seasons.

“In Formula 1, you don’t fix everything overnight,” the Briton is quoted. “The team has analysed its weak points, one by one, and we are continuing to do that.

“It is no secret that we have been lacking in the aerodynamic area in recent seasons,” added Allison.

Bernie Ecclestone hopes that the famous team, arguably the most important name in Formula 1, can get back to winning ways in 2014.

“People think the Ferrari name is enough to win,” the Formula 1 chief executive told Marca, “but I think Mr [Luca di] Montezemolo has put much more into the team for next year and we will see a very different Ferrari.”

Asked by the Spanish sports newspaper what he thinks that Ferrari did wrong in 2013, Ecclestone answered: “I don’t know if the problem was Ferrari or Fernando [Alonso].

“I hope he has not lost the enthusiasm that he had – the problem is that if you think the team can’t give you the car you want, it’s a problem, isn’t it?” (GMM)

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  • Red Horizon

    Ecclestone would like Red Bull to not win in 2014 because it would be too bad for the show. Today, the F1 is a show more than a sport. Whether is Ferrari to win or someone else doesn’t really matter to him, he doesn’t care anything about Ferrari.

  • Mr slow

    He does care a lot for Ferrari hence why he negotiated with them a special payment package which is the highest in F1. They get paid the biggest bucks whether they win the WC or not.