Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Ferrari to experiment with old suspension in Monaco


Ferrari will test with its old suspension in the Monaco Grand Prix, amid growing hints that a new development avenue it trialled in Spain cost it performance.

The Maranello-based team has worked extensively since the last race in Barcelona to try to get to the bottom of why Sebastian Vettel was unable to match the pace of the Mercedes.

What was especially concerning was that the team suffered much higher levels of tyre degradation in Spain than it had encountered in pre-season testing.

One suggestion that has emerged has been that changes it made to its rear suspension for the Spanish Grand Prix may have had a knock-on effect in hurting its tyre management.

Ferrari SF71H rear suspension comparsion
Ferrari SF71H rear suspension comparsion

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

A new suspension upright had a much more aggressive transition – allowing a wider and flatter surface – which was designed to help improve the aerodynamics of the car in that area.

However, while being better for downforce, it may also have contributed to the tyres overheating more, which triggered the degradation issues.

Speaking ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Vettel said that the team had focused a lot of effort in the Barcelona test last week to understand more about what had gone wrong.

The result appears to be that there are doubts over the new rear suspension, which is why Vettel's car was fitted with the old version ahead of opening practice in Monaco.

It is unclear at this stage, however, whether he will commit to this version for the remainder of the weekend or will switch back to the newer specification for qualifying and the race.

"I think it is fair to summarise that Barcelona was not a strong race for us," said Vettel. "Saturday was actually pretty good, but Sunday we fell a little bit behind.

"So it was good we had the opportunity on Tuesday/Wednesday to get into the race situation again to understand a bit better with time and laps.

"There are a couple of ideas we have and things we believe that may have caused a weak race or weak pace during the race.

"But for here it is not that relevant because it is a completely different track. But going forward, time will tell whether we found a good direction."

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Track Monte Carlo
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis