With the return of the French Grand Prix™ very nearly upon us, it’s time for a brand new trailer for F1® 2018, the official videogame of the 2018 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™! We’re showcasing the return of the French Grand Prix to the calendar in the best way possible – by talking to F1 drivers about the recreation of their home circuit in F1 2018. The French drivers Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Carlos Sainz, all take us around a hot lap in the first ever gameplay footage of the Circuit Paul Ricard and talk about their experience with the game.
Want to check out the first ever gameplay footage of the Circuit Paul Ricard? We thought you might – and you can watch it below, or you can head to our YouTube channel here:
This was first time that all four drivers were able to get their hands on F1 2018, which will release onto PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam) worldwide on Friday 24th August 2018.
“Of course the French Grand Prix is the one I am most looking forward to in the year,” said Haas F1 Team driver, Grosjean. “It will be my first time racing in my home Grand Prix and a lot of French fans are coming to support us.”
Gasly added: “I am massively excited. To have a home Grand Prix is a special feeling. You can really feel the support.”
“I have been playing games since I was a kid… and I haven’t stopped,” said Ocon. “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.”
“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”, added Gasly. “Every year it keeps getting better.”
Sainz commented: “I spend my time at home practising in the Formula 1 game and on the simulator at Renault. You can be sure that we do this kind of practice.”
After hearing from the drivers themselves, we, of course, had to speak to Game Director, Lee Mather about their feedback: “It is fantastic for us to get time with the real drivers. These are the guys who know what it is really like to drive these incredible cars and to have them give honest feedback is always extremely valuable. The fact that they were all positive about the game and the direction in which we are taking it is great to hear.”
And that’s not all! We’ve got one more treat for you today – we’re very happy that acclaimed Canal+ journalist and commentator Julien Fébreau will be adding his experienced vocal talents to the French version of F1 2018, bringing you ever to closer to the television broadcast you see on race weekends.
Très heureux de pouvoir vous retrouver dans le jeu #FormulaOne2018 !
Merci à @Codemasters de m’offrir l’opportunité de vous accompagner dans ce nouvel opus de @Formula1game !
OUI le “Rendez-vous au Premier Virage” sera bien de la partie !?#RDVau1erVirage #F1 #Game #FrenchVoice pic.twitter.com/8sqiBbr4sw
— Julien FEBREAU (@Julien_FEBREAU) June 21, 2018
In case you missed our other trailer this week, we also announced the ‘Headline Edition’ of F1 2018 – if you pre-order or purchase ‘Day One’ copies of F1 2018 you’ll have exclusive access to the iconic 2009 Brawn BGP-001 and the 2003 Williams FW25. The two cars will be available to be purchased together at a later date, however, if that’s something you’d prefer. Catch up with our trailer here: