We’re getting ever closer to the launch of F1 2020 and as expected more details are gradually being released into the public domain raising excitement levels in the process. In terms of access, we recently got our first hands-on with the newly added Schumacher Deluxe content, another welcome addition to the growing roster of classic cars available.
Car handling has been improved again this year, allowing us to better understand the behaviour of the cars including traction levels. Although I’m not 100% comfortable with the steering on mid-speed corners, I’ll certainly look at this more closely and see if I can find a balance. However, there is no doubting the Schumacher cars are fun to drive, especially the ‘95 Benetton. There’s a moment under acceleration through particular corners when you’ll be required to commit as the car is sliding.
For example, on Ascari at Monza, total commitment is required for the second part of the corner and you’ll feel the car drifting on the power. This is a great feeling and it’s an aspect modern cars simply don’t provide. Racing an F1 2020 car sees the car glued to the ground, there’s no feeling of risk, it’s just a matter of point and squirt. As long as you understand the various fuel and energy elements the actual driving and feeling from traction is far more simplistic.
So, it is with great excitement that I test these new classic cars out and feel the various performance and speed differentials. From the understeering cars of ’91 to the rocket ships of ’04. It’s interesting just how challenging the early 200o’s cars were, but at the same time cars potentially included a range of assists, some even featuring automatic gears. In the video below I’ve tested the various new cars and compared the speeds while giving additional details on my usual feed. We’ve also run races on Hanoi and Zandvoort besides a look at the new accessible handling option.
Elsewhere, Codemasters has revealed a trailer for the ‘My Team’ aspect of F1 2020, a feature we are yet to try but will be investigated fully for our upcoming review, and another official look at the new split-screen mode in action. Check out these features in the videos below.