If ever you needed proof that the Indian Grand Prix organisers aren’t short of a sense of humour, then look no further: circuit officials have named on of the Buddh International Circuit’s kerbs in honour of Felipe Massa.
The ‘Massa kerb’ is located at the apex of Turn 8, the entry to the high-speed right-left chicane that forms part of the track’s second sector.
Fans will recall that Massa managed to break his right-front suspension during Saturday’s inaugural qualifying session after he clouted the kerb at high speed, which saw him hurtling towards the barriers.
To compound his misery, the Brazilian managed to repeat the feat in the race – this time he broke his front-left suspension after clipping the Turn 9 kerbing too hard as he exited the chicane!
In readiness for this year’s Grand Prix, track officials have opted to extend the width of the kerbing between Turns 6 and 9 in a bid to stop drivers from being overly aggressive through these corners.
“We have added additional sausage kerbs to deter the drivers even more,” a circuit spokesperson told the Times of India.