Free-to-play online game from the makers of F1 2011? Yes, please!

The reason it looks so good in F1 Online The Game (to give the game its full name) is because the track assets are all straight out of F1 2011. Sure, they're not quite as complex, but there's no denying, it looks mighty authentic. You'll be racing online against other players across a variety of modes, from single races and time trials to a full championship season, complete with practise and qualifying sessions. There will be online leaderboards and social network features too.

Above: Up the hill towards Casino Square at Monaco. But is the free-to-play model the biggest gamble? Eh?

All of the cars, tracks and drivers from the F1 2011 season will be featured, with you racing as them or even alongside them in your own team. And 'racing' is the key word. While it may look like an all-out management sim, with its near top-down viewpoint, apparently you'll be the manager and the driver. Quite how it's going to control remains to be seen, but we're intrigued.

Above: How much control will you have over the racing? More than GT5 B-Spec, that's for sure

It looks like there'll be plenty of depth and potential for customisation. If you are making your own team, you'll be able to design the car liveries and'lead the development of a personal franchise'. Just like Williams, we'd imagine. As racer and team boss, you'llmanage the commercial, research, production and race crew functions required for success on the track. That probably means keeping all the best car parts for yourself and letting your team-mate have your hand-me-downs, then scuppering him with team orders. Sucker.

The game's going to be browser-based and you'll be able to play it on PC or Mac when it hits in Q1 2012. You can sign up for news over at www.f1onlinethegame.comwhich will also get you details ofthe beta when the time arises. Sounds good to us - what do you think?

12 Aug, 2011

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.