Articles tagged with: Ferrari
Here endeth pre-season testing. Kimi Raikkonen finished as he started off testing in Jerez a month ago – sitting at the top of the timesheets, this time with the fastest lap of all eight days of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel, on the otherhand, was left propping up the table as a crash in which he damaged Red Bull’s latest front wing and gearbox problems limited him to a handful of laps.
Day two of the final test before the season curtain raiser in Melbourne saw Lotus’ Romain Grosjean top the timesheets for the second day running. Once again, the Frenchman set his best lap on Pirelli’s soft compound and it should be noted that Sebastian Vettel’s best time was on the medium compound. More interestingly, however, Grosjean ran a full race simulation alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
After a disastrous second test, Lotus and Romain Grosjean returned to where they’d left off at the end of the first test – at the top of the time sheets. Meanwhile Red Bull, Ferrari and, in particular, Mercedes are already well into running long stints. That comes ahead of race simulations which, for me, are more informative than the headline-grabbing quick laps set on unknown fuel quantities.
Probably the most remarkable feature of this year’s cars has been Ferrari’s return to the use of pull rod suspension at the front of the car. Bucking widespread thinking of the last twenty five years, interspersed by occasional rebels such as Minardi’s PS01 of 2001, Ferrari have followed their own path in search of of improved aerodynamics and a lower centre of gravity. The question many are asking is whether it has compromised the suspension characteristics in the process, though.
Even before the Ferrari F2012 was launched, the team was apologising for its looks. However, it’s not the nose itself that is the most remarkable feature: Rather, it’s the pull rod suspension mounted to it. It’s a case of history repeating itself for Fernando Alonso as the last front pull-rod suspension was seen it was in 2001 on his Minardi PS01.
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Hot on the heels of McLaren comes the launch of Ferrari’s F2012; although they’ll be hoping the reverse is true when they hit the track. Given the team’s high standards, last year was a disappointing campaign and therefore Ferrari have taken an aggressive approach to designing this year’s charger with much of the car revised. However, with accusations that it is ugly, the pressure is on for the F2012 to justify its looks.