In case you missed the news, there’s going to be a 10 season career mode in F1™ 2016, the official game of the 2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™. A whole 10 seasons! Not only will you be able to pick your own name, you’ll be able to choose your number – the number that will define you throughout your career – as well as being able to single out the helmet for you, and colour it however you choose.
You’ll then be introduced to your Engineer and Agent (featured in the trailer below) in our brand new hospitality areas, both of whom will be your guides throughout your career. Your Engineer will guide you through team upgrades, and will help you spend your valuable Research and Development points, whilst your Agent will advise you on any potential team moves, contract changes and your performance within the team. Make sure you don’t underperform too much though, as she won’t hesitate to tell you when you need to buck your ideas up!
Research and Development
Research and Development points are used to upgrade various parts of your car. In the race to be the best, every point matters. You’ll earn research and development points for every session you do, from practice, to qualifying and the race itself. This means your practice sessions count more than ever. Your points are given based on how you do and what you do – did you meet your team’s objectives for this race, or did you exceed them? There is the option to skip and simulate sessions for those races you just can’t get on with, though keep doing it and you’ll find you’ve less points to spend than you’d like.
For the first time, there’s a new and deep practice development programme which mirrors the testing carried out by the teams in real life. You’ll be able to master each circuit with our track acclimatisation, gauge your qualifying pace with our qualification performance tests, test your tyres and fuel management and hone your race strategy to perfection. The more you practice, the more valuable research and development points you’ll earn.
Let’s Go Racing
The most important part of any grand prix weekend is, of course, the race itself. After you’ve made sure your brakes and tyres are at an optimal temperature with the formation lap, your race start is more crucial than ever. Time your start right to launch from the grid perfectly and gain positions, but be wary of jumping the race start!
Fight your way through the field and get the inside track on your rivals with the race strategy you crafted during practice. Keep your wits about you, the remodelled kerbs and and car damage sensitivity (including wheel tethers) could undo your hard work, though make sure you minimise the time lost when pitting with the manual pit lane entry.
Create Your Own Legend
Legends are created in the heat of championship battles. Keep winning races, upgrade your car, take that opportunity to move to the team at the top of their game, or stay in your current one, and take them on the path to glory. However you do it, cement your own legacy on the world of Formula One, and create your own legend.
You can pre-order F1 2016 below: