Last weekend we saw a scary crash in the World Endurance Championship at Monza as Henrique Chaves had a low-key spin which turned into a hugely violent crash after the car was launched into the air by a sausage kerb.
Sausage kerbs remain controversial having contributed to some scary accidents in recent times and we even recently posted a video on our channel calling for them to be banned.
It turns out Lando Norris echoed our thoughts, having written about it in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
“The car should never have been sent airborne in the first place. Certainly not in such violent fashion,” said Norris. “These things are always more complex than they seem but there is one thing I am concerned about: sausage kerbs.
“I have been critical of raised kerbs in the past, but I think it is time we acted on these warnings and removed them from our sport. Chaves’s crash was the second big one in two weeks after the incident in the F2 race at Silverstone when Dennis Hauger’s car was launched into the air when he struck a raised kerb, crashing into the halo safety device of rival Roy Nissany.”
Norris even went as far as saying that the removal of sausage kerbs is now a ‘critical topic’ for the FIA.
“With Formula 1 cars running lower to the ground than ever, and stiffer than ever, we need to act because when these cars hit these kerbs, you do not ride them. You can be launched into the air. Cars can pop up, do big wheelies and then slam back down again, which can be very painful on the back.
“Chaves’s crash last weekend is a reminder that we cannot let this drag on. Issues such as sausage kerbs are, in my eyes at least, a critical topic that we need to sort out sooner rather than later.”
Do you think the FIA should start removing sausage kerbs now? Let us know in the comments.