With the Spanish Grand Prix chapter now all but finished, I thought I treat you to a second excerpt, as thanks for your patience.
At the front, though, the first scheduled pit stops started taking place. Senna was the first to stop for fuel and fresh tyres, on lap 19, followed by Alesi, who was running fifth at the time, on the same lap. Before his first stop, on lap 21, Schumacher started experiencing gear selection problems. His Benetton-Ford soon appeared to be stuck in fifth gear. Despite that, the German pitted successfully, retaining his lead. He profited from his experience as a sportscar driver, controlling the car effectively despite being stuck in one gear. However, Schumacher was soon overtaken by the charging Häkkinen, on lap 23, while Senna reeled in both drivers. Then Häkkinen pitted, dropping to third, leaving the order, Senna, Schumacher, Häkkinen, with Lehto in a lonely fourth place, followed by Hill and Brundle.
I’ll re-read what I’ve added to the chapter during the next few days, fixing errors I may have made. Afterwards I’ll make some minor alterations to the first couple of chapters, too.