Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2011

Ferrari finally taking Red Bull’s lead on suspension

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Ferrari are believed to have taken Red Bull’s lead with their new 2012 F1 car by fitting pull-rod rear suspension.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Some indiscretions from Italy about the new Ferrari F1 car (James Allen)

“Among the indiscretions [Giorgio] Piola has published in Gazzetta dello Sport today are that the suspension is a pull-rod system, the first on a Ferrari for 11 years. This is what Red Bull has been using since 2009 and many others have followed.”

Scarbs F1 via Twitter

“Rumours are Ferrari and McLaren both have the sidepods split from the side impact protection and thus a split floor. This creates a shorter floor and moves downforce rearwards to compensate for the loss of the exhaust-blown diffuser. This is similar to the short floor used by Mercedes W02 in expectation of a lesser EBD effect in 2011, but without the short wheelbase. Clever!”

Raikkonen: I didn’t expect to return (Sky)

“I had no plans for the future, I have no plans now for the future. There was different choices for this year but I really wanted to do racing – I did some NASCAR last year and I really enjoyed competing against people again. It was then that I decided to do some racing again and F1 is the highest level of racing and where people want to be.”

FIA: Reactive ride offered aero benefit (Autosport)

“The FIA believed that because the systems relied on changes being made to the length of the suspension member as well as unusual movement of the brake calipers – and these alterations helped the aerodynamics of the car ?ǣ that they were in breach of Article 3.15 of F1’s Technical Regulations, which effectively bans moveable aerodynamic devices.”

Lewis Hamilton unavailable for date of Adrian Sutil trial (BBC)

Lewis Hamilton has told the court trying his friend Adrian Sutil that he will not be available on the day they initially wanted him to testify.”

How Hunt helped ‘The Rat’ return (Motorsport Musings)

“Upon hearing his answers, Hunt was unequivocal, and urged [John] Hogan [of Philip Morris] to sign him immediately. Without Hunt?s advice there is every possibility that Lauda may well have never received the opportunity to drive for McLaren.”

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Comment of the day

WarfieldF1’s estimation of which teams will still be in F1 in ten years? time may seem a tad pessimistic but looking at the poll so far it seems to reflect what quite a few people thought:

Ferrari: Yes, it’s their DNA.
McLaren: Yes, seemingly well-financed going forward.
Red Bull: No, its a marketing exercise.
Toro Rosso: Same as Red Bull.
Wiliams: No, too close to the edge.
Mercedes: No, accountants will see it off.
Force India: No, Vijay Mallya seems pretty skint according to Indian press.
Lotus: No, a venture capital firm and a struggling lotus parent company.
Sauber: No, once Peter goes.
Marussia: No, see Spyker.
HRT: No.
Caterham: No, Tony’s money will eventually return to Tony.

Upbeat prediction I know!

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The Circuit de Catalunya completed construction of its new chicane on this day five years ago. The corner was added to reduce the speed of the cars through the final two corners.