Ferrari not ditching pullrod front suspension layout for 2014

Ferrari F138 front suspension

Ferrari F138 front suspension

Reports that Ferrari has ditched its innovative pullrod front suspension layout for their 2014 car were apparently wide of the mark.

In late November, Autosprint reported that the Maranello team had “almost certainly” decided to revert to the more conventional pushrod for its new V6-powered car, used by every other team except struggling McLaren in 2013.

Indeed, jjust last week, the authoritative Formula 1 technical illustrator, Giorgio Piola, agreed that his sources also said that Ferrari – third in last year’s Constructors’ Championship – would not have pullrod suspension this year.

“Usually the information from Giorgio Piola is bulletproof,” said Tobias Gruner, correspondent for Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “But even the best-connected experts are apparently also sometimes fed false information.”

Meanwhile Ferrari said on Monday that returnee Kimi Raikkonen will be at the wheel of the 2014 car in the new simulator at Maranello over three days this week.

Raikkonen also revealed his lukewarm reasoning for picking ‘lucky’ number 7 for his new, permanent race number.

“It’s the number I already had last year and I saw no reason to change it,” he said. “I like it, which is good enough, isn’t it?” (GMM)

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