But a couple of laps in, on the Hard setting at least, the initial buzz dies down and races turn into lengthy battles of concentration - while trying not to fiddle with the impressive camera options (all the dramatic TV angles are included) and hurtling off the track. Get stuck in midfield, and you’ll find that the leading pack steadily and relentlessly pulls away, and the pit stop strategy you decided before the race becomes all important. Like actual F1 racing, it’s, you know, a bit boring. It’s fast, and sometimes you’ll come across wrecked cars, but it can be a very lonely experience as a race wears on. Unfortunately, there are no multiplayer options, either.
Championship Edition is super-realistic. Perhaps too much for its own good. For F1 buffs that’s ideal, but if you want an adrenaline-pumping ride on PS3, there’s another game, with a big desert and mad vehicles, which does it far better.