Third chapter now finished

I finished the third chapter to The Encounter Down Under today. It’s about the Pacific Grand Prix, the third race of the 1994 Formula One season. I’ll re-read the draft version today and tomorrow, and I’ll post an excerpt afterwards.

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Pacific GP coming along nicely

My scribbles for the 1994 Pacific Grand Prix are coming along nicely. I’ve written the first draft of the race preview and the familiarisation practice, plus I added some quotes. I expect to finish the practice and qualifying sessions tonight, with the race bit of this third chapter in my Senna versus Schumacher story penned in for somewhere after Easter.

Excerpt from the second chapter

I’ve just finished the second chapter of The Encounter Down Under. I reviewed the first draft yesterday, and made some minor changes. Here’s an excerpt of this first stage of the 1994 Senna versus Schumacher battle:

On [the 35th] lap, trouble emerged on the Reta Oposta, the straight between turns three and four. Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen, 8th and 9th respectively, came to lap Éric Bernard, who was in 16th place. Verstappen moved left to overtake Irvine. With the Dutchman already halfway past him, however, Irvine jinked left himself, because Bernard braked for Martin Brundle, whose seventh-placed McLaren slowed down with mechanical problems. This forced Verstappen onto the grass, before veering to the right, across Irvine’s bow, pushing the Northern-Irishman’s Jordan into Bernard’s Ligier.

All three out of control cars found slow-driving Brundle in their path, and at some 300 km/h Verstappen’s car touched the McLaren. The stricken Benetton somersaulted across the Englishman’s engine cover, hitting Brundle’s helmet in the process, and violently teared wheels and other parts off both cars. Amidst the havoc, Bernard had slid onto the grass on the right side of the track, while Verstappen crash-landed onto the run-off at the end of the straight. The Benetton was soon followed by the wreck of the McLaren, with Irvine’s Jordan stranded on the circuit. Miraculously, all of the four drivers involved, escaped without injury.

“I tried to pass Irvine on the straight but I don’t think he saw me”, understated Verstappen afterwards, while Irvine added: “I was catching the Ligier quite quickly and was about to overtake him when he suddenly lifted. I didn’t see the Benetton to my left because my mirror had come loose earlier in the race.”

Tell me what you think. I’m looking forward to comments. I’ll start work on the next race, the Pacific Grand Prix

Brazilian GP is done

I’ve just finished the first chapter in my Schumacher-versus-Senna what-if: the Brazilian Grand Prix. It is, of course, only a first draft, and I’ll probably go through the entire text a couple of times in the next weeks, but still.

If you’re curious to read the chapter, you’ll have to be patient just a tad more. I’ll publish it together with the other 4 chapters of Part I — 3 of which I still have to write. In the mean time, you might want to read the prologue, if you haven’t already.

Should dozens of you readers not be able to wait a few weeks for the remaining races in part I, let me know. I might consider posting the first 2 chapters I’ve written up to now.

Rounding off first GP

I expect to round off the first chapter on a race of my alternate version of the 1994 Formula One season, the Brazilian Grand Prix chapter, Ayrton Senna’s home race, tonight tomorrow night next weekend.

General information on the GP, some historical information and stats, and the practice and qualifying parts are all done. I started on the race bit last week and came about half-way. So, when I finish this chapter, there’s only 4 more chapters to go on Part I of The Encounter Down Under until there’s something more for you to read. I’ll keep you posted.