This — incidentally my 100th post on the site! — is an excerpt from the Senna versus Schumacher story.
It’s the final race. The Benetton driver is out; the Williams is stricken, but still going. Who will take the 1994 Formula One World championship?
On lap 70, Senna finds himself right behind Frentzen, but he also has Alesi on his tail. At the end of the Brabham straight, Senna goes for it. Frentzen doesn’t fight back and Alesi profits. Sixth place.
Eleven laps to go. Sixth would earn Senna a single point, taking him level with Schumacher in the championship standings. But the German’s seven wins over Senna’s six would grant him the title. And with Panis almost a minute up the road, it looked like the end for Senna.
Only a few more months and you’ll know…
We have finished our first stories. Both ‘Ascari versus Fangio’ (by Christiaan) and ‘Villeneuve versus Prost’ (Mattijs) are done.
Now, we’d like to have them proofread. Not necessarily by professional editors, but rather by enthousiasts, to find out whether there are any changes or additions that we could make, to further improve the stories prior to publishing them on 1 May 2014.
If you’re interested, let us know. We’ll send both stories to the first 5 to post a reply to this post.
Here’s another short excerpt from the Ascari versfus Fangio story:
At the post-race festivities, it struck Ascari that Fangio, who rarely smiled or posed for photographers, was beside himself with joy. “That was quite the race, Juan. Congratulations”, Ascari commented.
“Thank you, Alberto”, Fangio replied. “I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don’t think I will ever be able to do it again.”
That’s an odd thing to say, Ascari contemplated when walking away from the podium ceremonies. He suspected that, maybe, Fangio was thinking about retiring. Well, if he is, this race was certainly a statement of ability — he will have gone out with a bang.
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Shell (re-)released a wonderful short film, during this 2013 Belgian Grand Prix weekend, about the 1955 running of the race. It features Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in their dominant Mercedes’, as well Eugenio Castellotti in what would prove to be Scuderia Lancia’s last Grand Prix. The film provides an interesting insight into Grand Prix racing in the mid-1950s, and could very well serve as a prologue to our Ascari versus Fangio story.
Here’s another excerpt from the Ascari versus Fangio chapter:
Fangio started to feel like a stranger in his own team. He never felt that Ferrari could be his team. Not like Ascari had appeared to have made it his team, from the very start of the championship. He was obviously the Old Man’s favourite, being the son of Ferrari’s former team-mate and close friend Antonio, when both were employed by Alfa Romeo, and having been on the Scuderia’s roster since 1949. And not even like Collins apparently had, with Ferrari even giving Collins the prototype of the formidable 250 GT Cabriolet road car. Little did he know that it was because Enzo couldn’t stand Collins driving a Lancia Flaminia, and that Collins only had it on loan.
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