F1 2021 on Wednesday added the second of three free race programs coming post-launch to Codemasters’ motorsports sim. Imola — official identify Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari — is now out there in all modes of play.
Imola hosted the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 18, the second spherical of this 12 months’s Formula 1 World Championship. It and Portugal’s Portimão Circuit had been last-minute additions to F1’s COVID-altered 2020 and 2021 schedules, forcing Codemasters to hustle up efforts to construct and add them to the game, together with Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Street Circuit, which shall be added to the game in November.
Rendering an F1 course with the form of element racing followers anticipate from a video game is just a part of the trouble concerned. Codemasters builders even have to coach up their AI drivers to search out the optimum line via the course, after which to cope with visitors, overtaking, and some other racing occurrences in the course of the occasion.
Here’s a take a look at Imola, aboard Pierre Gasly’s Scuderia AlphaTauri AT02:
Even with the inclusion of Portimão and Imola, F1 2021’s in-game calendar nonetheless will not be up-to-date with all of the races run in actual life. Istanbul Park, which held the Turkish Grand Prix this previous weekend, will not be in the game, and Codemasters has introduced no plans so as to add it at a later date. It, too, was a late addition to the 2020 and 2021 racing schedules when the COVID-19 pandemic knocked out a number of dates in each years. Qatar’s Losail International Circuit can also be scheduled for the Qatar Grand Prix on Nov. 21; likewise, it gained’t be coming to F1 2021.
Neither Qatar nor Turkey have a contract to run in the 2022 F1 season, which might be why Codemasters isn’t in any hurry to construct them. Next 12 months’s calendar will characteristic one other new occasion and course, the not too long ago confirmed Miami Grand Prix. But given the backlog after all work and the truth that Codemasters wanted two years to construct Jeddah, the Miami Autodrome’s look in F1 2022 is not guaranteed. Codemasters may even be dealing with completely new automobile specs and guidelines subsequent 12 months, which contact just about all the pieces in a physics and dealing with bundle iterated on since 2014.
All this mentioned, F1 2021’s programs in Shanghai, Montreal, Singapore, Japan, and Australia are nonetheless in the game (and out there in profession modes and on-line racing leagues) regardless of their races being canceled in actual life.
Wednesday’s patch additionally features a particular limited-time livery for Red Bull Racing: it’s the throwback design Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez drove below this previous weekend at Istanbul. Red Bull initially deliberate to make use of the livery on the Japanese Grand Prix, to pay tribute to engine provider Honda’s final season in F1. It’s primarily based on the Honda RA 272 that American Richie Ginther drove in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, which was Honda’s first F1 victory. The livery shall be in the game till Nov. 15.