A new F1 2020 video features AlphaTauri at Monaco, as Codemasters take us for an on-board hotlap in the car of Pierre Gasly. Although the circuit itself hasn’t had any significant change to the layout for this year, the improvements in game visuals definitely make it worth checking out.
Obviously F1 2020 has evolved the car and track itself, but the Circuit de Monaco also has a lot of buildings and scenery surrounding it. And this all adds to the realism and immersion of trying to keep a Formula One car under control on the narrow roads.
Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda will have Pierre Gasly and Daniel Kvyat driving for them if and when F1 resumes in 2020. The team formerly known as Toro Rosso has been renamed to promote the AlphaTauri fashion brand, and is apparently now a sister team to Red Bull Racing rather than a junior squad.
The Toro Rosso name has been around since 2006, when Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz bought Minardi from owner Paul Stoddart. And Minardi had been around in F1 since 1985, while the Minardi family had been racing and building cars since the late 1940s, moving into Formula Italia in the 1970s, and Formula 2 in 1979.
Meanwhile the first race at the Circuit de Monaco took place in 1929, won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti. It’s the most challenging circuit on the modern calendar, as it’s narrow, with many elevation changes and tight corners. Nelson Piquet described it as like “riding a bicycle around your living room”.
In addition to the challenge and difficulty of winning an F1 race at Monaco, victory is also part of the “Triple Crown of Motorsport” which also requires wins at the 24 Hours of Le mans and the Indianpolis 500. Only Graham Hill has ever achieved this. Both Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso have two parts of the Triple Crown, with Montoya winning at Monaco and Indy, and Alonso winning at Monaco and Le Mans. Alonso has entered the Indy 500, but retired in 2017 and failed to qualify in 2019.
They’re the only currently active drivers to have completed two legs of the challenge, but Jochen Rindt, Bruce McLaren, Maurice Trintignant and Tazio Nuvolari also came close.
F1 2020 and the F1 2020 Deluxe Schumacher Editions are out on July 10th 2020, and you can pre-order them now for the PC, Xbox One and PS4. It’s also coming to the Google Stadia.
Pre-order the digital version from Steam for the PC, and the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One. It will become available on the PlayStation Store closer to release, but in the meantime, you can order physical editions for all platforms from Game or Amazon. Game pre-orders come with a UK exclusive F1 2020 Steelbook.