Codemasters has revealed their driver ratings for all current racers that you’ll find in the F1 2021 My Team management mode, and hoo-boy, are some of these going to be a bit controversial!
My Team lets you create an 11th team to slot onto the F1 grid alongside the existing 10 teams, building up the infrastructure across multiple seasons to try and challenge for championships. Of course, a key part of that will be picking a teammate to race alongside you, trying to sign drivers from the current crop of F2 and F1 stars. The ratings of those drivers will be updated throughout the season, aiming to reflect the real-world performance of each – the initial ratings that the game will ship with a current up to the Monaco Grand Prix.
With all that in mind, it’s no surprise to see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the top of the pile with an overall 95 rating. Arguably Verstappen could be a little higher after a run of commanding performances since Monaco, but what’s a little surprising is that Hamilton, who’s regarded as one of the best wheel-to-wheel racers has an Awareness rating of 89. Contrast that with young guns like Lando Norris and George Russel who are handed a 99 Awareness rating. Speaking of Lando, his Racecraft is a whopping 96, a couple points ahead of Hamilton!
Who wants to see some ratings?
If you want those in a nice table:
So… how do you think they stack up? Do you agree with Max Verstappen’s 69 Experience rating, despite him having been a full F1 driver for seven years?
The current driver ratings come after the equally discussion-worthy reveal of some historic drivers for the Deluxe Edition. Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Prost were joined by long-standing drivers like David Coulthard and Felipe Massa.
F1 2021 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. We went hands on with the opening our just a few days ago.
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.
F1 2021 will launch next week on 16th July for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Just in time for the British Grand Prix!
Source: press release