Friday, 29 June 2012 09:57
McLaren is considering following Ferrari's lead and introducing innovative pull-rod front suspension for its 2013 Formula One car.
That is the claim of the Spanish sports daily Marca, citing the information of multiple Italian specialist sources.
Ferrari raised eyebrows early this year when the aggressive F2012 was launched with pull-rod suspension: a configuration not seen since Fernando Alonso raced a Minardi more than a decade ago.
The Italian team's early struggles sparked rumours Ferrari could scrap the experiment, but the subsequent giant strides of progress have now reportedly attracted McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe's attention.
Marca said Lowe "is paying close attention to the front of the Ferrari in his preliminary studies for the MP4-28".
"He understands it could be a good solution in allowing more air to the diffuser".
Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has been driving the F2012 for aerodynamic straight-line tests this week at the Idiada facility in Spain.
Team president Luca di Montezemolo said this week Ferrari cannot relax even though Alonso, the only multiple race winner in 2012, is comfortably leading the World Championship.
"Yes, I am worried, because I expect three very tough races at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Budapest and because we have seen (at Valencia) that Red Bull is very strong," he said.
"If we want to achieve our goals then we must make a step forward."