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The Senna vs Schumacher stories, part 3
Moss vs Clark

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 3, on the Moss vs Clark rivalry that never happened.

Stirling Moss, Walker Lotus-Climax 18/21, 1961 German GP


2019 Oldtimer Grand Prix report
Double winners take the spoils

Martin Stretton, Tyrrell 012, 2019 Oldtimer Grand Prix

There were lots of double winners at the 47th running of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, that started with a big splash on Friday but was finished in dry conditions on Saturday and Sunday. Martin Stretton, Andy Wolfe, Christophe d’Ansembourg, Henry Fletcher, Manfredo Rossi, Michael Gans and German Ferrari Challenge driver Yannick Trautwein all brought home two wins from the meeting that was marred by French touring car driver Harry Bryzmann suffering from a heart attack behind the wheel of his Alfa 156 when racing for Tourenwagen Classics honours. Fortunately, the Frenchman survived the smash and his health emergency, and we wish him a speedy recovery.


2019 Silverstone Classic report
Sportsmanship in the rain

It’s tradition that at least one day of the Silverstone Classic is disrupted by a severe thunderstorm (or two) but this time – right in the middle of the all-time hottest British summer – the weather gods thought it was a good idea to present both race days with an almost continuous drizzle and temperatures of no more than 16 degrees. Many people weren’t dressed for that… They still came by the thousands, and witnessed one of the most sporting gestures seen in motorsport for a long time.

Christophe d'Ansembourg, Williams FW07C, 2019 Silverstone Classic


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