The pros and cons of Ferrari's pull-rod design

The pros and cons of Ferrari's pull-rod design

With Ferrari having opted for a pull-rod suspension for the front end of its F2012, the layout returns to F1 after an absence of 10 years. Craig Scarborough looks at the pros and cons of the design

It's often said there is nothing new in F1 in terms of design. Instead, there's a revolving cycle, with ideas being dropped and readopted over the years.

Ferrari's launch of its radical F2012 brought the return of pull-rod suspension to the front end of the car, an idea thought impractical with the current high noses. But with pull-rod suspension at the rear of the car also being in vogue, how does this design differ from the more established push-rod and what are the technical benefits?

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just