Foreword by Kees van de Grint, former Schumacher tyre engineer

Photo: Kees van de Grint in the paddock at the Bahrain Grand PrixToday we announce the author of the foreword to ‘Senna versus Schumacher And Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened’:

Kees van de Grint

Kees closely worked with Michael Schumacher and Ferrari in their championship-winning seasons as tyre engineer and consultant when he was employed by Bridgestone.

Prior to that he witnessed the karting careers of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost from up close. Stirling Moss and Jim Clark were his childhood heroes.

Kees is currently vice-chairman to the FIA’s karting committee.

“These are interesting stories to read”, Kees said after reading the manuscripts. “Sometimes I found myself lost between fiction and reality.”

5th story about Richard Seaman, by Richard Armstrong

The last post on the site announced the launch date of our book, ‘Senna versus Schumacher And Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened’.

We also announced that the book would not only contain the original 4 stories that we wrote — Senna versus Schumacher, Villeneuve versus Prost, Moss versus Clark and Ascari versus Fangio — but also a 5th story by a yet-to-be-confirmed author.

That confirmation is today!

The 5th story is titled ‘Richard Seaman, European Champion‘. It was written by Richard Armstrong, and deals with Seaman’s rivalry with Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang in the last seasons before World War II.

You may expect the final announcement, of the well-known guest author of the foreword to our book, on this site, shortly.

Publication date for our book: May 14th 2015

After quite some time without any news at all, here’s a bombshell: we picked a publication date for our book:

On Thursday 14 May 2015 we will launch ‘Senna versus Schumacher and Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened’.

Why this date? Well, the (fatal) accidents that never happened in our stories, in real life happened in the time frame between late April and late May:

  • Stirling Moss: April 23rd, 1962
  • Ayrton Senna: May 1st, 1994
  • Gilles Villeneuve: May 8th, 1982
  • Alberto Ascari: May 26th, 1955

Along with the publication date, we announce 2 suprises:

  1. We have an internationally renowned guest author writing the foreword for the book.
  2. There will be a 5th story in the book, by an other author, that you will find very interesting.

Both authors will be announced in the 2 months that are left between today and the launch of the book. 

We’ll keep you posted!

Today in 1994: the crash seen around the world

Today in 1994, Ayrton Senna died in a crash at the Imola circuit. It was seen around the world, writes Keith Collantine over at Senna’s death was the second that dreadful weekend in Imola, Italy.

As of today, our story ‘Senna versus Schumacher’ is available for free download. It features Rubens Barrichello’s crash, as well as Roland Ratzenberger’s and Senna’s… but Senna survives to battle Michael Schumacher for Formula One supremacy.