Deconstructing Formula 1: The front suspension

Deconstructing Formula 1: The front suspension

As we continue our series of features taking technical journey through a modern Formula 1 car, our second stop is the front suspension lay-out. Gary Anderson explains why suspension geometry is vital to tyre and ultimately car performance

When we see major visual changes to Formula 1 cars, it's normally because of FIA regulation changes.

The last comprehensive bout of changes came for 2009, and they were fairly dramatic. The rules required a redesign of all the major aerodynamic surfaces – front wing, rear wing, sidepods, engine cover and diffuser to name but a few.

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