Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Bite-size tech: Ferrari front suspension

There may be nothing new at the front end of the SF16-H but that doesn't mean we can't take another look; after all, Ferrari used pull-rod front suspension for four years and has reverted to push-rod this season.

Kinematically there is little difference between the two types of suspension, however, the outgoing pull-rod suspension would require more installation stiffness, which essentially translates as weight, something an F1 team would endeavor to shed.

Having said that, pull-rod suspension has some aerodynamic benefits that its relative does not, making it a difficult design decision.

The use of push-rod suspension does make setup changes quicker, with components much more accessible.

Which brings us around to the placement of the heave element and push-rod, which Ferrari, like many of the teams this year, has opted to place as high as possible, as it looks to maximise grip and minimize tyre wear.

Additional reporting by Matt Somerfield

Ferrari SF16H and SF15T gearbox comparison
Ferrari SF16H and SF15T gearbox comparison

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain GP
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Teams Ferrari
Article type Analysis
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis