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Massa: Kerbs at Turn 8 too high

Felipe Massa: I came into Turn 8 and went over the kerb and the front right suspension gave way in the impact with the raised orange part, which in my opinion is too high at this point. It's a very fast corner, taken at around 215 km/h and it could be arranged differently. These are details that need improving for next year.

Felipe Massa has called on the organisers of the Indian Grand Prix to 'improve' the kerbing at Turn 8.

His appeal follows his crash in qualifying ahead of Sunday's inaugural race at the Buddh International Circuit.

Massa, who had been quickest on Friday in practice and who was full of praise for the track just 24 hours ago [see separate story - click here], was somewhat less enthusiastic after his off in the top-ten shoot-out. The Brazilian broke the front-right suspension on his Ferrari 150º Italia when he whacked the kerbs towards the end of Q3, sending him off into the gravel and then into the wall.

Although he escaped unharmed, he was not happy and will now line up in sixth place on the grid.

“What happened on my last timed lap was a real shame,” Massa rued. “Today, we had the potential to secure a good placing, as Fernando [Alonso – my team-mate] demonstrated and as can also be seen from the fact my sixth best time was set with a rather slow third sector.

“I came into Turn 8 and went over the kerb and the front right suspension gave way in the impact with the raised orange part, which in my opinion is too high at this point. It's a very fast corner, taken at around 215 km/h and it could be arranged differently. These are details that need improving for next year.

“I repeat, I am disappointed, because the car has been going well all weekend long. Now I find myself with one less set of Softs and with a broken front wing. It was the new one, which we had here for the first time and it delivered a bit extra in terms of performance.

“Tomorrow, overtaking will be difficult because of the dirt on track, but I think we will still see a lot.”




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Roadrunner - Unregistered

October 29, 2011 3:11 PM

Kerb critical of Massa after encounter "I was just sitting there in turn 8 when Massa came and hit my raised orange part, which has just the right hight, if you ask me. He was very fast, around 215 km/h, and should have approached me differently. His driving needs improving for next year." The Kerb refused to take any responsibility for the damage to Massa's front suspension. "What should I have done? I couldn't even move."



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