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2019 Grand Prix de France Historique report
Magny Heat

Soheil Ayari, Ligier-Matra JS17, 2019 Grand Prix de France Historique

After the incessant rains of 2017 came the burning sun of 2019 – Magny-Cours felt like an oven for the second Grand Prix de France Historique, as if it was overcompensating for the deluge that marred the inaugural event. Once in the car, though, the on-track protagonists couldn’t help themselves. The racing was usually terrific, and apart from the odd coming together, the heat didn’t get to the drivers’ heads.


The Senna vs Schumacher stories, part 2
Villeneuve vs Prost

On May 14, 2015, an intriguing book titled Senna versus Schumacher and Other Formula One Rivalries That Never Happened was released through several online outlets. In the book, motorsport editors Christiaan Lustig and Mattijs Diepraam tried to answer the question what might have happened if the rivalry between Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher had come to full bloom. In three more stories, they went on to ask the same question about Alberto Ascari, Stirling Moss and Gilles Villeneuve and the competition they would have had with Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark and Alain Prost respectively. In 2019, on the 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death, Lustig and Diepraam have decided to release excerpts from the book in order to revive interest in these events from Formula 1's often glorious but sometimes tragic past. Here is part 2, on the Villeneuve vs Prost rivalry that never happened.

Gilles Villeneuve, Didier Pironi, Ferrari 126C2, 1982 San Marino GP


2019 Masters Historic Festival & Masters Race Weekend report
A British doubleheader

Rob Fenn/Jake Hill, Ford Mustang, Brands Hatch, 2019 Masters Historic Festival

Masters Historic Racing chose the fickle spring of 2019 for a British doubleheader that provided additional challenges as the track conditions kept on changing almost every day. At Brands Hatch, for Masters’ traditional self-organised festival at the end of May, the sky was bright most of the time but at Donington, for its more modest second meet in two weeks, the heavens opened on Saturday while Sunday was fresh and breezy. It didn’t spoil any of the racing, though – on the contrary.


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