I’m ready to start work on the San Marino Grand Prix chapter. This means that part I of my Senna versus Schumacher story reaches its conclusion. This first part of ‘The Encounter Down Under’ deals with the opening moves of the 1994 Formula One season, and consists of unchanged history:
- A season preview
- The Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos
- The Pacific GP at Aida, Japan
- And the fateful San Marino race at Imola
Only at the end of the final chapter of the first part, I diverge from factual history, as Ayrton Senna survives his accident. Part II of my alternate F1 history then elaborates on this diversion, and sees Senna return to the wheel of his Williams-Renault at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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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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.
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.
With the 2nd chapter now finished, I’ll start work on the next race, the Pacific Grand Prix, this week. This race sees the Grand Prix circus on a new track, the TI Circuit in Aida, Japan. Senna and Schumacher renew their rivalry for the 1994 F1 title.
I did the research necessary for this chapter earlier this month, together with the San Marino GP, so I reckon I’ll finish this 3rd chapter of The Encounter Down Under some time next week. I’ll keep you posted.