Pick-up my writing in the New Year

With Christmas just around the corner, and New Year’s after that, I don’t expect to finish the Spanish Grand Prix chapter of The Encounter Down Under any time soon. I reckon I’d be best off just planning to pick-up writing for my Senna versus Schumacher story in January. And, as you’ve read, I’ll be working on the book at least one day every other week, so I hope to progress more than I have done the last few months.

Thanks to all my readers for their interest, this year. I hope to make everybody happy with part II of my book early next year. For now, though a bit early, I wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2009.

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Rather busy with other stuff…

Sadly, I’ve been rather busy with other stuff, the last few weeks. Basically I’ve been doing everything bar writing. I even went on a short vacation, but don’t worry, it was just Friday through Sunday.

This means, however, that I still haven’t finished the Spanish Grand Prix chapter. However, I have planned to write some more this Sunday, plus early next week, so I might get into the flow and finally finish the chapter. I’ll keep you posted.

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.

Spanish race is 5th oldest GP

I stumbled upon something interesting while researching and writing the Spanish Grand Prix chapter. Something I hadn’t realised before. Fact is that the Spanish GP is one of the oldest Grands Prix in existence. The first one was contested in 1913, and as many as 12 races took place pre-WWII. This makes only the French, Italian, Belgian and British GPs older, and the Spanish race one of the old ‘Grandes Épeuvres’. Just thought I’d share.

Research finished; writing begins tomorrow

Since I’ve finished research on the Spanish Grand Prix — all I have to do is re-watch the video a couple of times — I expect to start writing the next chapter of part II, tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.