Maranello Readies a Monster as 2022 Ferrari F1 Challenger Takes On an Aggressive Set Up

Published 01/11/2022, 5:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


Scuderia Ferrari have been making frequent breakthroughs over the past month, including the crucial 20 hp gain with the help of their fuel partner, Shell.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Most of the teams are likely to suffer significant power loss, as F1’s new regulation suggests the inclusion of ethanol into the fuel mix. Hence, the fact that Ferrari managed to recover most of the lost power has left the rivals reeling under pressure.

And of course, there is also the newly designed power unit which has been showing promising signs since the Italian GP last year. Now, according to reports, the Maranello outfit have yet another surprise in store with respect to the design of their 2022 challenger, ‘Project 674’.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Mexico Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Henry Romero

Ferrari have chosen to make a contrasting change to the design of the car’s front axle. Unlike the SF21 which ran its course over the 2021 season, the 2022 challenger will sport a rather aggressive Pull-Rod configuration.

This seems like a well-analyzed decision considering the engineers have been busy in the wind tunnel testing out multiple solutions since early 2021.

Watch Story: Biggest Crashes From 2020 Featuring Leclerc, Vettel & Grosjean

Huge advantage for Ferrari?

According to Formu1a.uno, Maranello recently affirmed that they would be adapting the pull-rod configuration on the front suspensions, unlike the past few years.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

So, one might wonder, how does the pull-rod configuration help an F1 car? Well, the pull-rod configuration allows the flow to be redirected towards the bottom of the car and subsequently, into the cooling inlets. This suspension design also has a huge advantage in terms of weight distribution.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Hence, the pull-rod configuration will pay huge dividends to the 2022 cars which are likely to be much heavier and stiffer. Furthermore, the presence of 18-inch tires with a minimized shoulder profile plays to the strengths of Ferrari’s preferred front axle design.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Of course, having listed out the advantages of the pull-rod configuration Ferrari will not remain the only team to adapt to this design. Apart from the Reds, more teams, including McLaren are likely to run with the unique front axle.

DIVE DEEPER

Why did Ferrari Sign Carlos Sainz?

about 1 year ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Rohit Kumar

1672 articles

Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT