Though nothing has been said of F1 2015, Codemasters’ upcoming F1 2014 won’t include any ‘Classic’ content. Being in a bit of a Grand Prix swing at the moment, we’re feeling that it’s a good time to add some older cars to our F1 coverage. As F1 2013 prepares to depart the top step, OnlineRaceDriver adds another F1 reference point with one of 2013’s memorable cars.
The Unpredictable FW12
This time round, it’s a concoction of a 1990s race track and a 1980s racing car that comes in the form of 1988’s Williams FW12. For anyone unfamiliar with the overalls or logos, the arms are those of a virtual Nigel Mansell. One of F1 2013’s ‘Original Drivers’, when it comes to Mansell, the 1988 season was memorable for the wrong reasons (race retirements!) as much as it was for his typically spirited challenges against drivers in generally superior cars. With turbo-charged versus normally aspirated engines, conventional and active suspension systems, McLaren and the brilliant and edgy new pairing of Senna and Prost, it is a year that is worth reviewing for old fans and newcomers alike.[youtube http://youtu.be/nIh16MCnkFg&w=560&h=315]
Current host to MotoGP and World Superbikes, Spain’s Circuito de Jerez plays the part of a test track to Formula One nowadays. Lucky us, for it is still a fine venue! Especially later in the lap, Jerez is a track that tempts you to go faster and even be a little ‘adventurous’ with the brakes when approaching the final turn.
Fast and Memorable
Although it did appear earlier, it is a course that we’ve cherished since the days of Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix 2 (where it appeared as the 1994 season’s European Grand Prix). Going back a little further, Jerez was the Spain track in the fondly remembered Super Monaco Grand Prix for SEGA’s Mega Drive/Genesis console. Two wheels can’t be forgotten either and as in the real championship to this day, Jerez was a top venue early in the fantastic MotoGP series made by Climax.