Excerpt from Senna versus Schumacher

At the FIA’s prize-giving gala, Senna and Schumacher are sat next to each other, and during the evening, they are joined by their old rival, Alain Prost. They talk about the fateful Imola weekend, now some three and a half years ago.

— “How were you able to cope with that weekend, emotionally, Ayrton?” asked Schumacher.
— “First of all”, Senna replied, “I got a big wake-up call from that accident. I realised that I could do myself some serious damage. That we all could. But it also dawned to me that, as the senior driver, at the time, I had a special responsibility. And with the both of you, and with Gerhard and Christian, we recreated the GPDA, of course. I felt that was an important step, to stand up against the other forces, and working with them, while representing the drivers’ needs.”
— “But did the weekend change you? As a man? As a driver?”
— “From Imola onwards I was a different driver for sure. Not slower or less competitive, just different. I knew where the boundaries and limits were and I knew I had to respect them more.”
— “Still, over the next season, you and Michael had a difficult time dealing with those limits”, Prost queried.
— “That is true”, Senna admitted.
— “How would you compare your incidents with Michael with our own?”
— “That’s difficult to say, Alain. There were many factors that contributed to our rivalry.” Senna referred to the difficulties he had had with then-FIA President Jean-Marie Balestre, and decisions that the sporting commissioners had taken under his guidance. “They very much contributed to the difficulties we had.”

Then, while firmly looking Senna in the eye, Prost put his hand on Schumacher’s shoulder, and said: “Can you imagine what young drivers, back then, thought, when they saw things like that in Formula One? They will have thought they could get away with anything.”

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Senna versus Schumacher excerpt

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…

Ascari and Villeneuve stories finished; proofreaders wanted

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.

Ascari versus Fangio excerpt

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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Wonderful film of the 1955 Belgian Grand Prix

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.