Here's everything we know about F1 2018 so far
Update: New trailer reveals more classic cars
This is the place to be for all your F1 2018 game news. We'll keep you updated with all the info about new gameplay features, classic cars and more as they're announced. We'll also feature all the latest trailers when they drop. Here's the first one!
Latest: Full list of Classic Cars revealed
You'll be able to drive classic F1 cars from the 1970s and '80s in F1 2018. Yes, this trailer from Codemasters reveals a new class of older F1 cars that includes James Hunt’s McLaren M23D that he drove to the 1976 championship, while Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312 T2 is also featured.
This means that you'll be able to drive the iconic cars from the 2013 movie Rush, which told the story of the rivalry between Hunt and Lauda. Other title-winning cars include Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 Lotus, Mario Andretti’s 1978 Lotus and Jody Schekter's 1979 Ferrari 312 T4. They'll be joined on the grid by McLaren MP4/1B driven by John Watson and Lauda's 1982 McLaren MP4/1B, plus all the classic cars from last year's game. Check out the full list below. F1 2018's game director Lee Mather said: "They look and sound incredible."
- 1972 Lotus 72D
- 1976 Ferrari 312 T2
- 1976 McLaren M23D
- 1978 Lotus 79
- 1979 Ferrari 312 T4
- 1982 McLaren MP4/1B
- 2010 Red Bull RB6
- 2008 McLaren MP4-23
- 2007 Ferrari F 2007
- 2006 Renault R26
- 2004 Ferrari F2004
- 2002 Ferrari F2002
- 1998 McLaren MP4-13
- 1996 Williams FW18
- 1995 Ferrari 412T2
- 1992 Williams FW14
- 1991 McLaren MP4/6
- 1988 McLaren MP4/4
- 2009 Brawn BGP-001
- 2003 Williams FW25
New F1 2018 video shows the British Grand Prix
Max Verstappen did a hotlap of Silverstone in F1 2018 ahead of the British Grand Prix. Check out the video above to see him trying to set a fast time.
F1 2018 career mode trailer shows how you can use the media
This new F1 2018 trailer reveals more about the game's Career mode as the game's director Lee Mather explains how the media will have a bigger part to play this year.
There is a new reporter character called Claire – she will ask you questions and your responses will affect your career, both in the way you are perceived in the paddock and with your team.
For example, some bosses may prefer level-headed drivers who never offend anyone, while others may prefer a showman who creates headlines and raises the profile of the team.
Beyond answering questions in interviews, we also learn that you can instruct your agent to push for a move to another team, and you can even make the switch mid-season.
There's also an option to choose a rival driver to beat in the race. Want to finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton? Achieve your goals and your reputation will be enhanced.
F1 2018 trailer shows the French Grand Prix
The French Grand Prix is back. Yes, after 10 years away, the world's finest drivers will be in France. speeding around Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille. To celebrate the return of the French Grand Prix, Codemasters have released a new trailer showing off the new track. What's more, F1 drivers Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon are behind the wheel. They also tell us what they think of the new game.
First Classic Cars revealed
We have been promised more classic cars for F1 2018, and Codemasters have just revealed the first two in an all-new trailer.
First up, we have the 2009 Brawn BGP-001 that Jenson Button drove to the F1 World Championship. Rubens Barrichello was also part of the Brawn team that year.
We're going back a little further in the noughties for the other car – the 2003 Williams FW25, which was driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher. Both of these cars will feature in the ‘Headline Edition’ of F1 2018, which is available for pre-order now, and will be available as DLC at a later date after launch.
First F1 2018 gameplay footage
Codemasters couldn’t have picked a better circuit to showcase F1 2018's improved visuals – the recent Monaco Grand Prix may not have been a thriller, but the street race is one of the most glamorous on the calendar.
In the video, Monaco-born F1 driver Charles Leclerc takes us on a tour of his home race. He was impressed, saying: “I was amazed at how realistic the scenery was. Being born in Monaco, I know the circuit very well. My favourite part is the last sector because there is a great rhythm to the drive there.”
The lighting has been improved, while the sky and clouds look more realistic than ever before. Stuart Campbell, the new Art Director on F1 2018, said: “Even on a clear day, the sky looks interesting with high level cloud detail and jet trails, while the new atmospherics system gives a true sense of depth in the scene and connects the sky and terrain in a more cohesive manner, making for some stunning vistas.”
ERS is in the game
One factor that will make F1 2018 more authentic than before is the inclusion of a player-managed Energy Recovery System. ERS harvests energy from the car and stores it for a boost in speed at certain points on the track; in the game, players will have multiple deployment modes to choose from.
F1 2018 release date
As usual, the new F1 game arrives in August – on August 24 to be precise, just as practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps Circuit gets underway.
More classic cars
One of the best things about F1 2017 was the return of the classic cars. You got to bomb around in cars from past seasons, such as the 1991 McLaren, Nigel Mansell's Williams FW14B from the following season, and, of course, Red Bull's RB6 that Sebastian Vettel drove to the F1 Championship in 2010. The good news is that classic cars are back and there will be more of them.
"We are adding more classic cars, again listening to our fans as to which of the historical F1 cars they would most like to virtually drive next," said Paul Jeal, F1 Franchise Director at Codemasters.
The first to be revealed are the 2009 Brawn BGP-001 and the 2003 Williams FW25, as detailed above.
Another old feature will return
Classic cars featured in the 2013 edition of the game, before being brought back for F1 2017. Now, Codemasters have confirmed that another highly requested feature will be back in August. What could it be?
Career mode will be even bigger
The Career mode was one of the highlights of F1 2017, featuring female avatars and an expanded Research & Development system boasting 115 upgrades as players were tasked with developing their car over several seasons. This year, it's set to be bigger than ever, with Paul Jeal promising that it will immerse players even deeper into the world of F1 than before.
That's all we know so far but Jeal says that "there are many other great enhancements to be revealed before the game launches."
We can't wait to hear more.