India names kerb after Massa
15 October 2012 – Following some embarrassing slip-ups, organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have named one of their kerbs after Felipe Massa. Over the course of the 2011 weekend, the Ferrari driver broke his front suspension against kerbs not once, but twice.
The piece named ‘Massa kerb’ is on the apex of Turn 8, which is the rapid right-hander which is the first part of a high-speed chicane. In qualifying last year, the Ferrari broke its right-front suspension and ended up in the barriers after clouting the kerb at speed. A day later, Massa’s race ended in the same way when he removed the left-front suspension following a hit with the other kerb on the exit of the chicane.
Ahead of this weekend’s second race at the Buddh International Circuit, the kerbs of Turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been extended in width from five to 15 metres in a further bid to prevent drivers from hopping over the apexes.
“We have added additional sausage kerbs to deter the drivers even more,” a circuit spokesperson told The Times of India. “Last year there were questions raised by Ferrari, but Massa's broken suspension had nothing to do with the kerbs.”
At the inaugural event 12 months ago, Sebastian Vettel clinched pole position and led every lap of the race en route to victory for Red Bull.