Ascari versus Fangio excerpt

Here’s a little excerpt from the Ascari versus Fangio chapter:

Fangio knew there would be a downside to Ferrari’s offer, as well. Because there had been a surprise participant at the 1955 Italian Grand Prix. Alberto Ascari, by then almost fully healed from the injuries sustained in his Monza test crash, had been forced to look for new employment after Lancia’s demise, and had decided to re-join the Scuderia that he had so successfully raced for from 1949 through 1953. And although Ascari would finish the final world championship race in third position, behind Mercedes drivers Fangio and Piero Taruffi — a sound return after his forced summer break — he was as ready for the new season as he could be. Even though Fangio would, for the first time since 1951 have an other world champion as his team mate, he decided to take Ferrari’s offer.

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Another Canada excerpt

As promised, here’s another short excerpt from the 1994 Canadian Grand Prix chapter.

Approaching half distance of the Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Alesi pitted from third place on lap 31, leaving his position to Hill. The Briton stopped for fuel and fresh tyres two laps later, but stayed ahead of the Frenchman when returning to the track. On lap 34 Senna also stopped, handing Schumacher a massive lead of almost 40 seconds. His team’s strategy put the German spot on for victory: his one and only pit stop coming in lap 40 of 69.

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Canadian GP excerpt… and a teaser, too

I couldn’t help myself: I just had to post an early excerpt of the Canadian Grand Prix chapter of my Senna versus Schumacher book.

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Another excerpt from the Spanish GP chapter

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.

Excerpt from Spanish GP chapter

I’ve been working on the Monaco Grand Prix chapter of my Senna versus Schumacher story for about a week and a half, now. I have to say, it’s not easy to combine writing with my day job, caring for our baby boy Nathan, household chores, and giving the missus some attention, too.

Well, you probably read the above before, and the ‘Monaco’ part probably gave it away. But the statement still stands, as I’ve only completed the practice and qualifying sessions for the 1994 Spanish Grand Prix. Here’s an excerpt:

The Benetton-Ford [attacked] the governing body over their [rule] changes. Managing Director, Flavio Briatore, believed that chances of an accident occurring had in fact increased under the new rules. The flamboyant Italian made his remarks in an open letter to FIA President Max Mosley, stating that initial tests showed that the changes “will decrease car safety in the future”. The team, however, risked being banned from the Spanish Grand Prix, because Briatore had also said he was not happy that his cars had not properly tested after having been modified to the new safety standards, and that he could not guarantee the safety of the Benetton-Ford cars. The FIA promptly kicked the team out of the race, with officials saying Benetton could not race unless they confirmed their cars had undergone testing.