Research for Pacific GP and San Marino

Last Tuesday and today I spent researching the Pacific and San Marino Grands Prix for my Ayrton Senna what-if story. I used Wikipedia, Forix, and’s encyclopedia. Plus I found a new source for drivers’ quotes, albeit through Forix:

I’m currently working on the second chapter of part I, the Brazilian GP at Interlagos, while the Pacific GP and the San Marino race at Imola, are chapters 2 and 3 respectively. I expect those chapters to be finished somewhere in March.


First chapter finished

The first chapter of the part I of my story is finished. It’s the season preview, containing an outlook on to the 1994 F1 season, the teams and drivers, and the Grand Prix calendar. Here’s a small excerpt:

Part I: Opening Moves

Chapter 1: Season preview

If public opinion decided World Championships, Ayrton Senna clinched the 1994 title the minute he signed for Williams-Renault. And with it, the new Formula One season threatened to be as spectacular as it would be boring. Because now the alleged best driver in Grand Prix history would drive what was seen as the best car of the period. There wasn’t a doubt on anyone’s mind that Ayrton Senna would rack up pole positions and victories by the dozens on his way to a fourth World Championship, and a fifth, and who knows after that.

You’ll find this chapter, plus the other chapters of part I of the story online as soon as I finish them.

I’ve put up the prologue

I’ve just put up the prologue chapter for everyone to read. I’d be happy to hear your comments. Mind you, this chapter doesn’t give away anything on the true contents of the story, but it does give an insight on my writing style.

Read the prologue to The Encounter Down Under

Book’s website online

My good friend Michiel Maarhuis and I, today put up the website to accompany my (e-)book ‘The Encounter Down Under, an alternate history of the 1994 Formula One season’. I’ll be posting about my research of said season, and my progress in writing the book.