Codemasters have dropped some exciting news on the eve of the Australian Gran Prix this weekend – the next installment of their excellent F1 series, complete with bizarre looking front wings presumably, will be launched in September. That means in 6 months we’ll get our hands on some intense racing just like we did in F1 2011 when we reviewed it last year.
Not only that, but to mark the announcement and introduce one of F1 2012’s new headline features, Codemasters has released a video (which you can see below) following F1 2012 Creative Director, Stephen Hood, as he meets the next generation of drivers at the Young Driver Test. Filmed at the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi GP, Stephen asks if their experience with Codemasters’ F1 games has been of benefit as they prepare for a career in the world’s most exciting motorsport in real life.
F1 2012 will introduce a new Young Driver Test mode as one of the headline additions to the series that will take players even closer to the experience of becoming a F1 driver. Players will be introduced to the world of F1 through a range of tutorials explaining how to handle racing’s most exciting and responsive cars, and challenged to earn a drive from a team for the 2012 F1 World Championship.
In the video, rising star Sam Bird, testing for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, says, “I think Codemasters have done a super job of giving regular people a proper insight into what a F1 car is like.”
Stefano Coletti, representing Scuderia Toro Rosso added, “When I came to Abu Dhabi I couldn’t go to the simulator so I switched on the videogame and started to play. It actually worked because when I got here I felt like I’d already driven [the circuit]. It was my first race in GP2, first ever time in GP2, and I won in my first race so it actually helped.”
In F1 2012 players will feel the unparalleled thrill of becoming a F1 driver with a host of new features, wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements and extensive competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. F1 2012 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the 2012 calendar, including the debut of the 2012 F1 USA Grand Prix at Austin, Texas and the return of Germany’s famous Hockenheim circuit to the calendar.