• Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Massa unhappy with kerb after crash

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa crashed on his final flying lap © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa said that the kerb on the inside of turn 8 was too high for the speed of the corner after crashing during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix.

Massa was on a flying lap when he attacked the high-speed turn 8 and 9 chicane, but ran clean over the raised kerbing on the inside of the corner. The impact broke his front right suspension, and caused him so skid in to the barriers on the outside of the circuit, breaking his front wing. Massa said that the incident was "a real shame" because he felt he had the pace to be higher than sixth, but urged the track organisers to make changes to the corner in the future.

"What happened on my last timed lap was a real shame," Massa said. "Today, we had the potential to secure a good placing, as Fernando 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."

Massa also lamented the loss of his front wing and a set of soft tyres, which would compromise his strategy.

"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."