Norris calls sausage kerb removal a ‘critical topic’ for F1

Michelle Foster
Lando Norris side on in his helmet in the McLaren garage. Austria July 2022

Lando Norris side on in his helmet in the McLaren garage. Austria July 2022

Lando Norris has called for the removal of sausage kerbs after two horror crashes in recent weeks caused by cars becoming airborne after the high kerbs.

Sausage kerbs are arguably one of the best deterrent for drivers exceeding track limits as hitting one can damage a car.

However, hitting one at the wrong angle can launch a car airborne.

That has happened twice in the last few weeks, first in the Formula 2 feature race at the British Grand Prix and again at the World Endurance Championship race at Monza on Sunday.

In both cases, Denis Hauger’s car landing on top of Roy Nissany’s and Henrique Chaves’s Aston Martin’s door ripped off as he was launched into the air, the driver was thankfully unhurt.

Norris fears that won’t always be the outcome.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, the McLaren driver wrote: “The car should never have been sent airborne in the first place. Certainly not in such violent fashion.

“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 Formula Two 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.

“Thankfully, both drivers were able to walk away from the incident but we have seen other drivers injured in the past. In 2019, Alex Peroni had a big crash when he hit a sausage kerb during an F3 race in support of the F1 race. That ended his season.”

The Briton is concerned that this year’s new generation of Formula 1 cars could be more prone to be lifted with their stiffer floors and suspensions.

“With Formula One 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,” Norris continued.

“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.”

Valtteri Bottas also recently spoke out against the raised kerbs, saying he hoped the Hauger and Nissany’s F2 crash would be “enough of a trigger” to see F1 take action.


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