donskar wrote:What is all this fuss over? Was Newey the very first to ever use the pull rod suspension? Does he have a patent on it? I thnk not.
Newey was the first to find the rear pull-rod arrangement more effcient with the current set of rules, so every other team is in fact following a path he has opened.
@tim.wright: I think it was the same Newey who first brought in the front pushrod back in 1988, when most of the teams had front pullrod. Fearrari followed suit in 1989, Mclaren in 1991.
I think it can not be denied that Newey and his team are defining most of the trends from 2009, with DDD being the big exception.
About the rumors: autosprint rumors are not always true, but they are morethan 50% true. In the past they have correctly reported about experimental ferrari chassis versions and other stuff, was it before , in the middle or at the end of the season: they for sure have some reliable source.
It could be some kind of controlled leakage.
Sometimes they are wrong tho, and this could be the case. I think ferrari will try out everything possible not to use pull rod and be labelled as a late Newey follower.
However I remember that after the disastrous F310 of 1996 they wer not shy of putting out a F310B which was in fact a complete revolution in terms of concepts and packaging from its predecessor, being a copycat of the williams fw18.
I do not bother writing who was the chief designer of that williams