Codemasters thrilled to show you the first game-play video for F1 2016: a spectacular showcase of the new Baku street circuit, which will host the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE this weekend. It’s not being demonstrated by any old players, either – you’re getting introduced to the track by true professionals. And by true professionals – Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, and Renault Sport Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer!
The video shows the two F1 drivers getting to grips with the new circuit, giving their impressions on the track and its challenges as they go. The historic city centre, beautiful seaside promenade and impressive architecture all combine to provide the perfect backdrop to the new track – and it’s quite a spectacular contrast to see cars at the forefront of racing technology throwing themselves around a track enclosed by such a combination of history and 21st century style.
Jolyon Palmer: “There’s some crazy corners and maybe the craziest there is in FORMULA ONE , with the up-the-hill left and then straight into a blind right hander… It’s going to be easy to hit a wall. It’s very high speed. The challenge is huge!”
Jolyon also said that practising on the new circuit in the new F1 2016 videogame ahead of the race makes him feel as though he understands the circuit “…probably more than most others, maybe everyone in the field so, it’s going to give me a little advantage.”
After a lap or two of the new circuit on F1 2016, Daniel commented: “I can’t think of anything like Baku… For the corners it looks like you want to have maximum downforce, but I don’t think you can afford to run it because of the long straight. I think we will have to sacrifice some grip in the corners to keep up on the straight.”