A kerb named Massa

Felipe’s chances to retain his driving seat for next year are rather flourishing now with the recent string of good results. But earlier in the season, Ferrari boss, Montezemolo, admitted that he wanted a fresh face with good talent and experience underneath but recently he quipped that he will sit down with Massa for a lengthy talk on Tuesday. It’s inevitable that whatever happens next year he will race for Ferrari in the forthcoming Indian GP on a kerb he may regret to forget.

‘Massa Kerb’, of course I’m not kidding, as reported by Times of India has been named after Felipe Massa. It’s easy to see why as he crashed twice there in the inaugural race. To be honest, in that race, only Hamilton and Massa’s battle was exciting to watch, even though the circuit had all the ingredients to pull out a fight-to-finish race and sadly 2011 was another ‘year of Redbull’, certainly a boring one.

Last year, Felipe Massa called for changes to the BIC after he crashed out in qualifying. On the final run in q3 he pushed to the limit and went on the wrong side deeply into Turn 8, the car landed so hard so that his front suspension broke.  He reckoned the kerb was too high to master as the approach to Turn 8 is at around 215kph speed.

The BIC authorities claim that in order to host SBK next year and MotoGP hopefully in the future, the kerbs are placed at 25mm higher to meet the regs but as per FIA, the kerbs can be up to 2 inches higher. To prevent drivers from kicking dust onto the track, grassy areas are added as well.

The ‘Massa kerb’ is on the right-hand apex of the fast-flowing Turn 8 chicane. He clouted that Himalayan kerb and ended his qualifying ambitions as a whole with front suspension damage and sailed through the gravel while Alonso found his way to start from third on the grid. The race Sunday saw Massa’s hopes shattering as he broke the left-front suspension on the same chicane but the exit of it.

As for the upcoming race, the kerbs of Turns 6, 7, 8 and 9 have been extended from five to 15 meters in width to hamper drivers from taking much of the apexes. The speeds taken through that sequence is crucial as Turn 10 is winding and getting a good exit proves to be vital for a timed lap.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “A kerb named Massa

  1. They should name the entire corner after Massa! Looks like we’ll have an entertaining Indian GP, although all I hear/read is “customs-customs-customs”. It’s like a race inside a race (getting material in and out of the country) or so it seems.

    • It’s one of the major issue here, the customs thing. Tourists do worry about that when they come here and no F1 personnel are exceptions.

    • for next year SBK series’ race will be held there and even GT1 comes to BIC this year and the track has potential to contest MotoGP as well more good things happening 🙂

      • Well, that sounds like a decent proposition for any petrolhead. The main thing would be for locals to get into the spirit of things because races with empty grandstands don’t serve anything apart from maybe TV broadcasts. You need atmosphere to put on a good show, as we’ve learned in the last decade or so. Sepang’s been on the calendar for so long and even there crowd is sort of modest.

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