The previous two F1 titles from Codemasters have required a VIP Pass (essentially the same as an online pass) to activate multiplayer features. This pass has now been dropped and will not be required in the upcoming F1 2013, or the Classic Edition.
Codemasters stated “players will not be required to activate multiplayer functionality via a VIP Pass code and we have no plans to replace the pass with an alternative paid-for activation system in the game.”
There was no news on whether online passes for other Codemasters titles will be removed, though it seems quite likely that they would follow suit.
Codemasters join the likes of EA, who have also dropped online passes from certain games.
F1 2013 releases on the 4th of October.