Few of us, we’re sorry to say, will ever get to drive any kind of racing car in real life. That leaves racing simulators (those most realistic of driving games) as possibly the next best thing. For grand-prix racing fans, that comes down to the F1 series from Codemasters – the officially sanctioned video game of the FIA Formula One World Championship. And with this year’s release soon to come, the developers have announced a compelling list of cars to feature.
F1 2018 will not only include all of the latest machinery on the grid, but a full roster of classic single-seaters from the 1970s and ’80s: the Lotus 72D (from 1972) and 79 (paradoxically from ’78), Ferrari 312 T2 (’76) and T4 (’79), and McLaren M23D (’76) and MP4/1B (’82).
These in addition to the cars that featured in last year’s game and will carry over: the Red Bull RB6 (from 2010); McLaren MP4/4 (’88), MP4/6 (’91), and MP4-23 (2008); Ferrari 412T2 (’95), F2002, F2004, and F2007; Williams FW14 (’92); and Renault R26 (2006). Buyers of the Headline Edition will also have access to the 2009 Brawn BGP-001 and 2003 Williams FW25, too.
Fans who know their history will recognize a fair few championship-winning cars on that list, including those driven by the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, and two each by Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. Both the cars driven by James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the hotly contested ’76 world championship (as depicted in the 2013 epic film Rush) are also on the list.
Between those classics and the latest equipment, that ought to make F1 2018 one enthralling way to waste away your time off.