Christiaan Lustig was the main Formula 1 editor at Autosport.nl (in Dutch) from late 1999 throughout 2004. He wrote Grand Prix news as it happened, and posted practice, qualifying and race reports.
During one season, he also wrote race reports for the teletext service of Dutch television network RTL-5. On several occasions in the same period, I wrote news articles for Formule1.nl (in Dutch) and their e-mail newsletter.
Currently Christiaan works as a digital strategist and online communications and services consultant.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ever since Ayrton Senna died in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, motor racing aficionados have wondered what would have happened if he had survived that crash. Especially in relation to his nascent rivalry with young gun Michael Schumacher. And all that time I thought that someone should write such a what-if story. But when, after more than 10 years, no-one had done so, I decided to do it myself.
What is your writing process?
I mostly outline the stories at first, to find out what would be their climax. Then I do research into details regarding character, events, et cetera. And only then I put my pen to the proverbial paper.
What if Ayrton Senna had survived his Imola 1994 accident? What if Gilles Villeneuve hadn't died at Zolder in 1982? What if Stirling Moss hadn't crashed at Goodwood in 1962? What if Alberto Ascari had survived his 1955 testing-accident at Monza? This book explores those rivalries by assuming that drivers’ injuries from crashes were not fatal, and pits the drivers up against their peers once more.