Technical analysis: Melbourne



For the SF16-Hโ€™s front end, Ferrari has ditched its pullrod suspension and reverted to a more conventional pushrod layout. In this setup, the wishbone โ€“ which basically pushes the springs and dampers instead of pulling them (compare the yellow-coloured elements) โ€“ connects the lower part of the wheel to the upper section of the chassis. The pushrod system is lighter and allows for greater flexibility in terms of setup while also offering a better access for the mechanics to work in the area.

The โ€˜third suspension elementโ€™ (if we consider that the first two are basically the dampers connected to each wheel) has been raised and is now visible in the upper part of the chassis. By connecting the left wheel to the right wheel, it controls dive under braking (or more generally the pitch movement depending on the downforce load), as well as the carโ€™s ride height.

The heave element features a coil spring on the Ferrari, while the Mercedes is fitted with the hydraulic-only spring and inerter system they trialled in free practice for the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix last year.