F1 2021 is expanding the game’s team-managing My Team mode with a bunch of the sports best-known names that those who purchase the Digital Deluxe edition can add to their team.
F1 2021 will be coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Friday 16th July 2021.
There’s a three-tiered roster, with players able to select an Icon from the start of the My Team game mode to add to their team, including some of the sport’s greatest drivers, and others who enjoyed long and successful careers.
And, of course, that means that Codemasters is venturing into the dangerous territory of declaring different drivers from different eras to be better than others, by giving each a rating out of 100.. Naturally, they’ve avoided making any overly controversial choices, having Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna perfectly level in their rating, with Alain Prost a single point behind.
We don’t know where Lewis Hamilton would stack up against them, but two of his historic teammates, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, do feature, both of whom managed to beat Hamilton over the course of a season. Behind them, there’s David Coulthard and Felipse Massa, who both finished second in the Drivers World Championship and won over 10 races.
Here’s the rankings:
- Michael Schumacher (94) – 91 wins in 308 races, and seven-time World Champion
- Ayrton Senna (94) – 41 wins, 65 pole positions, and three World Championships
- Alain Prost (93) – 51 wins, 41 fastest laps, and four World Championships
- Jenson Button (90) – Won the 2009 World Championship in Brawn GP’s first season
- Nico Rosberg (89) – Won nine of 21 races during his 2016 Championship winning season
- David Coulthard (87) – Won 13 races, 62 podium finishes, and World Championship runner-up in 2001
- Felipe Massa (86) – 11 victories, 41 podiums and runner-up in the 2008 season
Of course, this is all quite a narrowed view of Formula 1’s history, surely based in part off the willingness of these drivers and their estates to license their image to the game. There’s no Damon Hill, for example, no Mika Hakkinen, not to mention there’s no Stewart, Mansell, Jim Clark, Fangio, Lauda…
F1 2021 will feature three of the sport’s most prominent drivers as cover stars: Lewis Hamilton, who’s seeking a record-breaking eighth World Championship this year, Max Verstappen, who’s challenging for his first, and Charles Leclerc, who’s leading a revived Ferrari back toward podium finishes.
The game will feature all of the teams, drivers and circuits from the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, bringing with it a brand-new story mode, a two-player career mode and a trio of brand new circuits. The caveat is that these three tracks – Portimão, Imola, and Jeddah – will arrive as free post-launch content.
The new story mode is called Braking Point, seeing players rising from the ranks of Formula 2 to take their shot in the world of Formula 1. The goal is to spice this up with rivalries and channel the emotion and the amount of dedication needed to compete and succeed. Devon Butler will be returning from F1 2019, presumably to act as the fictional racer rival.
Alongside that you have the full on Career mode, with a new option to race with two players online. That can be co-operatively from the same team or different teams to compete. Career mode also has a new Real-Season Start, which will let you pick up the real world season with real driver and constructor standings.
Source: press release