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Ferrari to abandon pull-rod suspension in 2014

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Ferrari will revert to a push-rod suspension system for the 2014 season after a not too successful season with the pull-rod system.

The Italian team first introduced a pull-rod system last year; a system which was not seen on the grid for over a decade.

The system seemed to work for them, after a shaky start, with Ferrari almost wrapping up the driver’s championship with Alonso, who was beaten at the last race by Vettel.

However, after finishing third in the constructor’s championship this season, Ferrari have, according to Autosprint, “almost certainly” changed their philosophy. McLaren adopted a similar pull-rod system this year; however they endured their worse season in decades.

It is believed that the Scuderia’s change of direction is the result of new recruit James Allison, who is responsible for the recent competitiveness of the Lotus team.

James Allison, who became technical director at Ferrari in September, is quoted by BBC Sport as saying:

"I have found a team hungry and determined to get back to the top of the podium at every race and championship. It is a team that is optimistic for the future and is looking forward to dominating the sport again.”

After being beaten by Red Bull again this season, Ferrari aim to return to the top of the sport once again and stop the dominance of Vettel. One fix the team have put in place is an upgrade of their wind tunnel. However their 2014 car has been largely developed in the former Toyota F1 wind tunnel, which the team have been using instead.

Ferrari are backed by many people to return to the top of Formula 1, including Formula 1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Speaking to Marc, he said: “People think the Ferrari name is enough to win, but I think Mr. Montezemolo has put much more into the team for next year and we will see a very different Ferrari.”

When Bernie Ecclestone was asked about Alonso over the past four years at Ferrari, he replied:

“I do not know if the problem is Ferrari or Fernando. I hope he has not lost the enthusiasm that he had, the problem is that if you think the team can’t give you the car that you want, it’s a problem, isn’t it?”

However, with the rule changes which are being brought in for next year, Ferrari have a good chance to return to the top of the sport. Going into next year, the Italian team look the strongest they have looked since 2008, due to the return of both James Allison and Kimi Raikkonen.

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