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F1 2011 game by Codemasters : Now in India through Zapak

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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.

Lewis Hamilton gets pole position at Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton steered his McLaren to a very important pole position today at the Fuji speedway. The rain from the morning had almost dried , and the conditions were ideal for the run of the mill qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton’s title rival Felipe Massa could only manage a fifth, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen got the second place in his Ferrari behind the Brit.

Heiki Kovalainen made it in 3rd place making sure that McLaren can give a strong challenge in the constructor’s championship. Force India were as usual in dismal form and last place.

The Toyotas also fared well amongst rumours of bankruptcy and financial woes. They got 7th and 8th place respectively.

Result of the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying :

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.404

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:18.644

3. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.821

4. Fernando Alonso (Spn) Renault 1:18.852

5. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:18.874

6. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:18.979

7. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:19.026

8. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:19.118

9. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.638

10. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.167

11. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.187

12. Nelson Piquet (Brz) Renault 1:18.274

13. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.354

14. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:18.594

15. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:18.672

16. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:18.835

17. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:18.882

18. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:19.100

19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.163

20. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.910

Photo : www.mclaren.com , media centre

Lewis Hamilton wins the wet-wet Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen on 2007 Japanese Grand Prix podium
It was raining cats and dogs at the start and it was raining at the end, the Japanese Grand Prix was run under totally wet conditions, with a large number of laps being run directly behind the safety car. It was an unlucky day for two time world champion Fernando Alonso who crashed out in the crucial race with no points. The whole Grand Prix looked like a farce actually, it was more keeping on track than racing.

Lewis Hamilton winning the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix

In the end it was Kimi Raikkonen’s battle with fellow Finn Heiki Kovalainen which was the center of attention, but Kovalainen managed to hold back Kimi in the dying stages of the race to claim his first podium of the season by finishing in second place. Kimi finished third. Felipe Massa had some wheel to wheel racing action with Robert Kubica in the last lap bumping and grinding against Kubica’s BMW Sauber. In the end though it looks like that the driver’s championship shall goto Lewis Hamilton, unless something extraordinary happens : He retires from a race.

Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa at Fuji 2007

Final Race Result of the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix
1 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes
2 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault +8.377 secs
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari +9.478secs
4 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault +20.297
5 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault +38.864
6 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari +49.042
7 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber +49.285
8 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari +55.622
9 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari +1:00.129
10 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda +1:28.342
11 Jenson Button (GB) Honda one lap behind
12 Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Spyker-Ferrari one lap
13 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota one Lap
14 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber two laps
15 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda two laps
R Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 55 laps completed
R Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda 54 laps
R Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 49 laps
R Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 46 laps
R Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 45 laps
R Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes 41 laps
R Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams 19 laps

Formula One Drivers’ world championship 2007 after Japanese Grand Prix
Name Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 107
2 Fernando Alonso 95
3 Kimi Raikkonen 90
4 Felipe Massa 80
5 Nick Heidfeld 56
6 Robert Kubica 35
7 Heikki Kovalainen 30
8 Giancarlo Fisichella 21
9 Nico Rosberg 15
10 David Coulthard 13
11 Alexander Wurz 13
12 Mark Webber 10
13 Jarno Trulli 7
14 Ralf Schumacher 5
15 Takuma Sato 4
16 Jenson Button 2
17 Sebastian Vettel 1
18 Rubens Barrichello 0
19 Scott Speed 0
20 Anthony Davidson 0
21 Adrian Sutil 0
22 Christijan Albers 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
24 Sakon Yamamoto 0

Photos : Ferrari Media and McLaren

Lewis Hamilton grabs crucial Japanese Pole

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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying

It could have gone anywhere, all top four drivers(two from McLaren and two from Ferrari) were neck and neck, but in the end ,it was the rookie Lewis Hamilton who scored the lucky pole position for the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld a.k.a. Mr. Dependable put in another solid performance. However the most disappointing session was from the Spykers who were expected to do much better with their new B Spec car and new owners.

2007 Formula One Japanese Qualifying Results :

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1 min 25.368 secs
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:25.438
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:25.516
4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:25.765
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:26.505
6. Jenson Button (G.Britain) Honda 1:26.913
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:26.914
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.973
9. Robert Kubica (Poland BMW Sauber 1:27.225
10. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:26.033
11. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:26.232
12. David Coulthard (G.Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:26.247
13. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:26.253
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.948
15. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota
16. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota F1 1:26.728 #
17. Rubens Barichello (Brazil) Honda 1:27.323
18. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota F1 1:27.454
19. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:27.564
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker – Ferrari 1:28.628
21. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:28.792
22. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) Spyker-Ferrari 1:29.688

# Nico Rosberg was penalised 10 places for an engine change.

Guest Column : A visit To the Fuji Speedway, Japan

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This special guest Article is written by Vinod Jacob, an automotive engineer and a freelance journalist covering travel and automotive topics. Its about his visit to the Fuji Speedway which will be hosting the 2007 Formula One Japanese Grand Prix. While we all may be missing Suzuka, we gotta agree the Fuji Speedway is great track and its pretty too. In essence there cant be a better preview to the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix.

Entrance to the Fuji Speedway - 2007 Japenese Grand Prix

It was about six days before the inauguration of the speedway that I made a visit to one of the world’s most famed tracks. The bus dropped me at the Fuji Lane bus stop around 11kms from the Gotemba station. As I walked towards the west gate I could see numerous closed garages and even a transporter left rusting. However I could rarely see a few coupes stopping at some of the garages which were dusting back to normal as the three year old renovations of the speedway came to a close.

The main grand stand which overlooks the famed 1.5km straight gives an overall view of the entire pit building, the pit lane entry, the main control centre, the medical centre including the helipad and also the last corners. Behind the grand stand is the event square dotted with information kiosks and shopping malls and the Speedway boasts of 21 parking areas and 6 tunnels, good enough for the expected 140,000 spectators for the race.

The stand at the first corner will put the viewers closer to the action at the end of the longest straight. The view of the home straight from the first corner should stir up in any spectator the glory of the speedway.

Down the racing lane

Fuji Speedway Starting Grid - 2007 Japenese Grand Prix

Fuji Speedway inaugurated four decades back, was originally designed to be a highly banked super speedway. The removal of the dangerous oval banked turn brought the Formula One to Japan in 1976. That race run at wet conditions saw the championship finale between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Due to heavy rain and dangerous wet conditions Niki Lauda withdrew the race, leaving Hunt bagging the championship even after suffering puncture during the final laps. The 1977 Grand prix was won by James Hunt, in an incident packed race with Gilles Villenue’s car veering off-course killing two spectators.

The racetrack will see the cars go flat out at the 1.475km main straight, the longest of any Grand prix circuit. The first corner puts the cars hard on the brakes for a sharp 27R right hander and then will accelerate down towards the Coca-cola corner. Then the car takes a 100R sweeping right hander before braking into the hairpin.

Then the car accelerates downward towards the tight chicane at Dunlop corner, a possible passing point. Then it goes through the newly introduced section designed by Hermann Tilke, the Netz corner. Earlier it was a very high speed corner passing into the main straight. The Netz corner leads uphill to the last and the tightest corner in the circuit, Panasonic corner, an inside right hander leading to the straight.

It will be interesting to see the cars going on the straight braking for the pitlane entry which is at an angle. SEIKO will be the official timekeeper of the race.

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Written by Formula One Addict

September 23rd, 2007 at 11:43 am