Lando Norris calls for removal of sausages as ‘critical issue’ for F1

Lando Norris has called for the sausage curbs to be removed after two horror crashes in recent weeks caused by cars taking to the air after the high curbs.

Sausage curbs are arguably one of the best deterrents for drivers going over the track limits, as hitting one can damage a car.

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

This has happened twice in recent weeks, first in Formula 2’s flagship race at the British Grand Prix and again in the World Endurance Championship race at Monza on Sunday.

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

Norris fears that may not always be the outcome.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, the McLaren driver wrote: “The car should never have been sent into the air in the first place. Certainly not so violently.

“These things are always more complex than they seem, but there is one thing that concerns me: the sausage borders.

“I have criticized raised curbs in the past, but I think it’s time we acted on these warnings and removed them from our sport.

“Chaves’ accident was the second big one in two weeks after the incident at the Formula 2 race at Silverstone when Dennis Hauger’s car was thrown into the air when it hit a raised kerb, crashing into rival Roy Nissany’s Halo security device.

“Luckily both drivers were able to get away from the incident, but we have seen other drivers injured in the past. In 2019, Alex Peroni had a big accident when he hit a curb of sausages during an F3 race in support of the F1 race This ended his season.

The Briton fears this year’s new generation of Formula 1 cars are more likely to be lifted with their stiffer floors and suspensions.

“With Formula 1 cars lower than ever and stiffer than ever, we have to act because when those cars hit those curbs, you don’t drive them,” continued Norris.

“You can be launched into the air. Cars can come up, do a big wheelie, then come back down, which can be very painful for your back.

“Last weekend’s Chaves crash reminds us that we can’t let this hang around. Issues such as sausage curbs are, in my eyes at least, a critical issue that we need to address as soon as possible.

Valtteri Bottas has also recently spoken out against raised curbs, saying he hoped Hauger and Nissany’s F2 crash would be “trigger enough” for F1 to spring into action.

Jessica C. Bell