Pacific GP chapter excerpt

I reviewed the third chapter of my Senna versus Schumacher story and made a few changes here and there. It is now finished, and here’s an excerpt of the chapter.

When the lights went green for the second Grand Prix of the 1994 Formula One World Championship, Michael Schumacher had a stunning start, beating Ayrton Senna to the first corner. While Senna’s car was a bit nervous under braking into the corner, Schumacher lifted slightly, ensuring that his Ford engine was ideally positioned for the exit of the turn. Senna was surprised by Schumacher’s sudden drop in pace, and moved off the throttle as well. This caused the charging Mika Häkkinen to touch the back of Senna’s Williams-Renault, forcing the Brazilian into a spin. In a separate incident, right behind the leaders, Ferrari’s Nicola Larini went wide on the first turn, into the gravel bed, and into the side of the Williams. While Häkkinen could continue, albeit with a damaged nosecone, both Senna’s and Larini’s race ended on the spot. Unbothered by the goings-on behind him, though, Schumacher powered away from his competitors. The Benetton driver increased his lead over second-placed Häkkinen to some twelve seconds in the first fifteen laps of the race. Hill, running third, tried to pass the Finn on lap four, but spun off the track as a result. He rejoined the race in ninth place, and quickly resumed speed, lapping Verstappen on lap 5, Frentzen a lap later, Fittipaldi on lap 8, Brundle on the eleventh tour, and finally Barrichello for fourth spot on lap 12.

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3 thoughts on “Pacific GP chapter excerpt

  1. “Senna, in turn, pushed Ferrari’s Nicola Larini into the gravel bed.”

    I remember Larini crashing with Senna, and not the other way around, as you say…

  2. Ferrim, thanks for the comment. I’ve re-checked the GrandPrix.com Encyclopedia, and it specifically states that Senna punted off Larini.

    However, I’ve also reviewed the race report on YouTube and it looks like Larini’s off was a seperate event to Senna and Häkkinen’s, although the Italian did hit the Senna when both cars were already in the gravel bed.

    I’ll make the changes to this paragraph tonight.

  3. I reviewed some footage on YouTube, and changed the sentence to: “In a separate incident, right behind the leaders, Ferrari’s Nicola Larini went wide on the first turn, into the gravel bed, and into the side of the Williams.” This should be more in line with the truth.

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