This — incidentally my 100th post on the site! — is an excerpt from the Senna versus Schumacher story.
It’s the final race. The Benetton driver is out; the Williams is stricken, but still going. Who will take the 1994 Formula One World championship?
On lap 70, Senna finds himself right behind Frentzen, but he also has Alesi on his tail. At the end of the Brabham straight, Senna goes for it. Frentzen doesn’t fight back and Alesi profits. Sixth place.
Eleven laps to go. Sixth would earn Senna a single point, taking him level with Schumacher in the championship standings. But the German’s seven wins over Senna’s six would grant him the title. And with Panis almost a minute up the road, it looked like the end for Senna.
Only a few more months and you’ll know…
Here’s a very nice, and very informal photograph that Peter Windsor took of Ayrton Senna and Frank Williams, just prior to Senna’s first Formula One test.
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:
- Senna versus Schumacher
- Villeneuve versus Prost
- Reutemann versus Andretti
- Cevert versus Lauda
- Rindt versus Stewart
- Moss versus Clark
- 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
Today, 1 May 2012, it is 18 years ago that Ayrton Senna da Silva perished at the wheel of his Williams-Renault on the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Imola, Italy, during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Similarly, it was 18 years ago, yesterday, that Roland Ratzenberger died after crashing his Simtek-Ford during qualifying. RIP.
» Read the excerpt from my San Marino Grand Prix chapter
The past few weeks I’ve given the Senna versus Schumacher concept, as opposed to just the Encounter Down Under story, some more thought. I’ve thought about the current story, too, of course, but tried to take it a level up.