Working on Ascari versus Fangio story

The last three weeks I’ve been working on the first chapter of the Ascari versus Fangio story.

It’s about the events of 1955 leading up to Ascari’s Monza crash, which, of course, he survives, and the Italian joining his former Lancia team mate Eugenio Castellotti, at Ferrari, only to find reigning world driver’s champion Juan Fangio in the third Ferrari (née Lancia) D50, as well as the first Grands Prix of the 1956 season, in South America.

By the way, I found that in our preferred summer vacation region for 2013, there is an old Grand Prix circuit: Sables l’Orlonne. Looks like I may have to pay homage.

‘Senna vs Schumacher and Six Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened’

Last night, my co-author — whom I’ll reveal shortly 😉 — and I finalised the concept for our new Senna versus Schumacher set-up and sent the outlines of it to our potential publisher for him to review.

Tentative title for new-style Senna versus Schumacher

The title for our alternate set-up would likely be:

Senna vs Schumacher and Six Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened

7 what-if stories about perished/injured drivers

Like I stated earlier, the new set-up consists of 7 stories revolving around drivers and their main rivalries had they not died or been injured to the extent that they could no longer compete at the top level.

The 7 what-if stories are:

  1. Senna versus Schumacher
  2. Villeneuve versus Prost
  3. Reutemann versus Andretti
  4. Cevert versus Lauda
  5. Rindt versus Stewart
  6. Moss versus Clark
  7. Ascari versus Fangio

Dutch or English book depends on publisher’s reply

We now wait for the publishers reply. If he responds favourably, we will likely write Senna versus Schumacher in Dutch in co-operation with the publisher. If he does not, we will likely write an English book and publish it ourselves, either as e-book or through printing-on-demand.

Let us know what you think

We’re of course very curious for your thoughts. What do you think of our alternate set-up? How do you feel about the 7 stories? Is there anything we missed or anything that you would like to add?

Please leave a comment or drop us a line on Twitter: @SennavsSchumi