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F1 2011 game by Codemasters : Now in India through Zapak


I remember growing up playing the formula one games on my friend’s PS3, the Monaco circuit would be our favourite with damage on. That would be one difficult race to win. Well since that time I have always loved the official formula one games.

I write this post as the latest game in the series ‘F1 2011’ is launched and yes it includes the new Buddh International circuit at Noida. Its coded by codemasters and is marketed by Zapak in India.

F1 2011 Title

The game has a number of new gameplay options, one of which is the much awaited co-op mode, you and your friend compete as formula one racing partners for a team. I have just got my review copy and cant wait to play it out. If you are looking for features, they are all listed here. You can also view the release trailer here, the graphics look simply awesome ! Am awaiting my Xbox copy to really see the HD graphics 🙂

The game is available on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

F1 2011™ is the sequel to the BAFTA winning FORMULA ONE™ videogame from Codemasters®, the developer and publisher of award-winning racing games. Developed under Codemasters’ exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One   World Championship Limited, F1 2011 will come complete with all the official drivers, teams and circuits featuring in the 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE World Championship™. Zapak Games, the licensing & merchandising arm of Zapak Digital Entertainment Ltd. will distribute the title in India.

Developed using Codemasters’ EGO Game Technology Platform F1 2011 will deliver an unrivalled FORMULA ONE experience that puts players into the heart of the world’s most exciting sport, powered by cutting edge graphics, advanced physics systems and integrated network play.

· Go Compete!  F1 2011 builds extensively on the multiplayer options from F1 2010. Split-screen racing is included for the first time in a high-definition FORMULA ONE title. Competitive online racing is extended with 16 players going head-to-head in GRAND PRIX™ with up to 8 AI drivers added to simulate the full grid of 24 drivers. An innovative new co-op Championship enables two players to lead their favourite FORMULA ONE team to Driver and Constructor glory across the course of a FORMULA ONE season. These enhancements are complimented by additional quick fire modes including Time Attack.

· New Circuits for 2011. Two stunning new additions to the race calendar extend the number of circuits to feature in F1 2011 to 19. Players will be able to debut ahead of the drivers on the Buddh International Circuit, the home of the first FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF INDIA and players will be able to test themselves on the iconic Nürburging circuit for the first time in High Definition, as this legendary track returns for the 2011 season.

· Be the driver, live the life.  From the paddock to the track, F1 2011 takes players closer to the experience of being a FORMULA ONE driver than ever before. A new Parc Ferme area, an expanded and revamped Paddock, new Pit Lane, celebration and reaction cinematics and an enhanced media interaction system fully immerse players in the glamour, pressure and excitement of being a FORMULA ONE driver. Players progress from rookie to FIA FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ WORLD CHAMPION in an extensive career mode where gamers fight to become priority driver and shape the development of the car by performing well in races and earning performance upgrades.

· All the cars, all the stars. Fully licensed, F1 2011 features all the drivers set to contest the 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, including Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button. All 2011 teams are represented including Ferrari, Red Rull Racing, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Lotus Renault GP in their iconic black and gold livery.

· KERS, DRS and more! F1 2011 includes all the new rule changes set to make this year’s season the most exciting yet. F1 2011 debuts DRS (Drag Reduction System) – the new system which enables drivers to adjust the rear wing on the car to give a boost of up to 10km. KERS also returns, giving players an extra 80BHP for up to 6.67 seconds, enabling drivers to blast past rivals. Combined, these systems encourage close wheel-to-wheel racing with new options for both defence and attack. This season’s new Pirelli tyres are faithfully simulated in the game, and if players push their car too hard they may experience a range of authentic new damage failures.

· Full Day / Night Racing. The 2011 FORMULA 1 ETHIAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX comes alive with a full day/ night transition which recreates the special atmosphere at this unique track. Every one of the existing circuits from the 2010 roster has been given a complete visual overhaul. New atmospheric effects, including dynamic clouds, compliment a weather system which features an advanced rain model that affects on-track grip.  Powered by the EGO Game Technology Platforms, F1 2011 pushes forward the graphical standard of what can be achieved in a racing game.

· The world’s greatest cars, the most exciting racing. Building on the heritage of producing award-winning racing games for over a decade, Codemasters is uniquely placed to realise the spectacle and exhilaration of racing 200MPH+ FORMULA ONE cars for all fans. F1 2011 can be tuned for players from a wide range of skill levels, from the casual gamer to the hardcore simulation enthusiast and those in between, with a range of differing skill levels. A huge range of vehicle variables can be tuned to suit each player’s unique driving style, or drivers can entrust their Race Engineer to set their car up and head straight onto the track. F1 2011 will support a comprehensive range of racing wheels for the ultimate racing experience.

· Unprecedented authenticity. Codemasters has used its unprecedented access to the world of FORMULA ONE to connect the development team directly with FORMULA ONE teams and tyre manufacturers. Extensive consultancy has taken place with a range of FORMULA ONE professionals, including race engineers, mechanics and drivers. This has been combined with real world data including CAD and on-board telemetry to deliver a race experience complete with authentic handling, accurate circuits and precisely modelled racing cars.

· EGO powered FORMULA ONE. F1 2011 is being developed on the EGO Game Technology platform, evolved from the award winning EGO engine. Enabling Codemasters development talent to share tools and technology across Studios and Central Technology teams, the EGO Game Technology Platform empowers Codemasters game designers to realise their creative visions across multiple platforms featuring cutting edge graphics, powerful AI, advanced physics systems and integrated network play.

Will Michael Schumacher stay on for the 2011 formula 1 season


Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn

Mercedes boss Ross Brawn confessed in Turkey that he would like to retain his all German pair of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher for the 2011 season. Pre season speculation had suggested that Michael Schumacher had a three year deal with Mercedes.

However the initial bad performances by Michael Schumacher which saw the relatively inexperienced Nico Rosberg beating him were enough for critics to hint to an early exit for the seven time world champion at the end of the 2010 season. But the speculation about the early exit seems to be fizzling with more and more input coming about Schumacher staying back for the 2011 season atleast.

In Turkey, when asked about the future of his drivers and if they shall be retained, Ross Brawn was quoted :

“I hope so.

“Do you know something I don’t? We’re pleased with the drivers, they’re both enjoying themselves, so yes,”

Michael’s younger brother Ralf Schumacher too joined in on the rumour brigade and was separately quoted as saying :

“I think he’s pretty happy with what he’s doing and, as far as I know, it’s a three-year plan, so I’m sure we’ll see him around for a while”

Meanwhile Michael Schumacher  seems to be finally enjoying the comeback. The German had a small battle with Jenson Button in the Turkish Grand Prix, he spoke fondly about the encounter :

“We saw each other a couple of times this year,” said Michael Schumacher.

“This time he had clearly the better end of it. I was trying my best, but it wasn’t good enough this time. Anyway, as I understood, he had a nice fight with Lewis, so he must have been putting in some very good laps.

“Honestly, I was just trying to focus and do the maximum I could with my car. Forward, there was no chance, obviously. I was watching the mirrors and making sure that I keep the tires in shape so that whenever I had to have some reserves that they are available.” He added.

Now the F1 circus heads to Canada and the German has asked his team to improve the top line speed to ensure a better result. Lets hope Mercedes deliver and its a good result for Schumacher.

Image : Mercedes Media

Written by Formula One Addict

June 11th, 2010 at 8:17 am

Formula one returns to Canada after a year’s gap

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Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Satellite Photo

The last race at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal was held in 2008, Robert Kubica was the man of the moment then who had taken the chequered flag. The race was cancelled for the 2009 season after the local authorities failed to reach a consensus with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone over money matters.

However this year, Provincial as well as Federal governments have pledged a lot of money to get the race back to Canada. A new five year deal worth 75 million USD was signed between the FIA and the Montreal Race representatives to ensure the survival of the Canadian grand prix fixture.

Bernard Ragueneau who is the co-president of the Crescent Street Merchants Association was quoted as saying :

“We should never have lost this Grand Prix in the first place,”

“The Grand Prix needs us as much as we need the Grand Prix” he said.

True we say, the heritage associated with the Gilles Villeneuve circuit is no less than the Hungarorings and the Hockenheims. And now with its return, the Canadian Grand Prix is the only formula one race in North America. Ofcourse the United States is also on a comeback trail as we had reported earlier with the formula one race planned in Austin, Texas instead of the earlier venue Indianapolis.

Written by Formula One Addict

June 10th, 2010 at 5:49 am

Canadian Grand Prix to make a comeback !

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You can see the satellite photo of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit above. The circuit is pretty beautiful and built on a manmade island.

The Canadian Grand Prix is all set to make a comeback in 2010, the Canadian Grand Prix in 2010 will be held on June 13th 2010 after a gap of 1 year.

Finally one of the North American Grand Prix was saved, lets hope the same for the US Grand Prix also 😀

Written by Formula One Addict

December 1st, 2009 at 8:53 am

Kimi Raikkonen: Hamilton deserved the penalty, knew lights were red

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Kimi Raikkonen Canada 2008

He minces no words, the iceman. Kimi Raikkonen in a candid interview after the Canadian Grand Prix wonders how Hamilton was unable to see 2 cars and a red light both. All through he keeps suggesting that Lewis Hamilton’s actions were deliberate. To me too personally it seems that there was something fishy in the whole accident. Anyway this is what Kimi Raikkonen had to say:

“It was a bitter disappointment we had at Montreal. I still can’t believe it, that someone can hit you while you are standing at the red light next to another car. I can’t imagine how Hamilton could not see the red lights and the two cars standing in front of him. I think that Hamilton deserved the penalty. He looses ten positions on the grid for the next race in France, which will make it more difficult for him at Magny-Cours.

Anyway we lost the possibility to have a good result in Canada. At the moment when the safety car came on the track, my car was running very fast: we could have won, or, in the worst case, become second. On Saturday we had some problems during Qualifying because of the breaking surface of the track. The same thing happened then at the beginning of the race. When the rear tyres were clean and the graining was gone and they started to work well, we were really fast: we drove the fastest race lap and we managed to do a great pitstop and we put the car in the front. I was ready to fight and overtake Kubica, once the lights were green. But I didn’t have the time, as Hamilton crashed into my back and the race was over. I’m not angry. Just disappointed, surprised and frustrated at the same time. He knew that the lights were red. Accidents happen, but it’s difficult not to see two cars stopped.

Seven races are done and the last two I didn’t bring home any points. Nobody could foresee that. I’m not in a strong position anymore. But it’s not the end of the world. We have not lost that much ground. I’m fourth in the Championships. Exactly where I was last year and just like last year there’s still a long way to go. It was good for us that Kubica won. Congratulations to him and to the team! Honestly, it’s better he got the 10 points than Hamilton. BMW has all the time been there this season and when something went wrong for us they benefited from that.

I came back from Montreal with a really good impression of the F2008 and I’m sure that we can win again very soon. Because now we go to circuits where we are usually very strong. You know that I don’t like to look behind: I’m concentrated on the French GP, where I want to repeat last year’s result, when we brought home a wonderful one-two win.”

Written by Formula One Addict

June 12th, 2008 at 3:43 am

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