Drivers use F1 2018 to prepare for return of French Grand Prix

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Various Formula One drivers have used Codemasters’ F1 2018 to prepare for this weekend’s French Grand Prix.

The race will be the first Grand Prix in France for a decade, and will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit, which has not hosted a Formula One round since 1990. Therefore, many of the drivers have used F1 2018, with its realistic rendition of Paul Ricard, to familiarise themselves with the circuit.

In the above video, French drivers Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, plus Carlos Sainz Jr, who drives for French team Renault, talk about their excitement at the return of the French Grand Prix, using the F1 games (along with their teams’ simulators) to prepare for Grands Prix and how realistic the cars feel in Codemasters’ games.

Tor Rosso’s Gasly said: “This is my first try on F1 2018 and I am super impressed. I am a big fan of the games and have played them since I was a kid. Every year it keeps getting better.” Force India’s Ocon added: “I have been playing games since I was a kid… and I haven’t stopped. The games have evolved massively and are getting more and more realistic. It is still my routine to go training during the day and I play for one or two hours in the evening, and I find it very useful. When we don’t have a race weekend I keep racing on my own.”

Formula One 2018 is scheduled to launch on 24 August 2018, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Coddemasters announced that anyone who pre-orders or buys a ‘Day One’ copy of F1 2018 will get exclusive access to the 2009 title-winning Brawn BGP-001 and the 2003 Williams FW25, along with all the F1 2018 Headline Edition’s DLC. For further news, keep an eye on Codemasters’ F1 2018 blog.

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