Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix Series Launched

Formula 1 Virtual Grand Prix Series Launched

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Otispunkmeyer

10,521 posts

113 months

Sunday 22nd March
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Heh I enjoyed it. Some pretty good racing battles. I had Lando on Twitch as well and he was basically not driving the first 10 laps. His game quit then he couldn't get back into the race until they re-invited him. The car was driven by the AI, hence why it ghosts when people go near it.

Angpozzuto

381 posts

67 months

Sunday 22nd March
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I gave it a try but it's not for me, I guess I'll just have to wait for the real thing

TheDeuce

7,261 posts

24 months

Sunday 22nd March
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To be fair...

The game itself is obviously amazing, the level of reality is great 99% of the time - albeit it all falls apart in the other 1% when it's obvious it's not real at all. The commentators did a good job considering too.

Doesn't flip my switches though as it's not a full F1 grid and they aren't racing in s championship. There's no story to follow for a season if there's no championship!

I'm glad they're doing this, I'll keep watching as it's all we have right now. It's definitely not an effective substitute for the real thing though.

Hell of an advert for the game though smile

ChocolateFrog

10,003 posts

131 months

Sunday 22nd March
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Was a bit of fun.

I think they could work it into a watchable program.

carinaman

15,753 posts

130 months

Sunday 22nd March
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Sounds like the current cars.

RDMcG

15,693 posts

165 months

Monday 23rd March
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Mildly entertaining but I did not think the graphics were great...the cars appeared to float over the track at times or become transparent. When you see the realism of GT4 this is not up to snuff.

Of course, the fact they they had problems making the thing work did not help and the commentators were blah.

Ikemi

8,131 posts

163 months

Monday 23rd March
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RDMcG said:
Mildly entertaining but I did not think the graphics were great...the cars appeared to float over the track at times or become transparent. When you see the realism of GT4 this is not up to snuff.

Of course, the fact they they had problems making the thing work did not help and the commentators were blah.
Transparent cars were AI controlled, usually due to a player losing connection to the server. The floating/flying cars were more than likely due to lag/connectivity issues too.

It wasn't too bad for a first (official) attempt! It's better than no racing at all. That said, I do think that more of the current line-up of drivers need to be included. I didn't mind watching some of the ex-F1 drivers, but I had absolutely no idea who the esports professionals/content creators were. The drivers also need to take it a bit more seriously i.e. not completely cutting turn one, ramming each other!

SturdyHSV

7,327 posts

125 months

Monday 23rd March
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I enjoyed it, there was some excellent racing and obviously as it's a bit of fun, far more risks were taken, the damage was on 'reduced' so it was more like touring cars than F1, but it was entertaining.

I've followed Jimmy Broadbent's channel for years, so to flick over to that and have Nico Hulkenburg asking him for tips before the race started was quite funny, it was a real shame Lando's game crashed out right at the start, personally I think having a few more of the current F1 drivers in there would make this a very fun thing to watch, especially as all of the cars are equal.

It's a bit of a shame they're using F1 2019 as the game of choice, it's not exactly a 'sim' in the same way as the more serious stuff, and clearly perhaps isn't quite as stable as would be necessary for this to be a legitimate alternative, but one of the commentators did say something very true...

Imagine if there was a championship point available, even if just 1, you'd probably have every current driver there to compete, and frankly I thought that would be properly exciting.

ArnageWRC

1,168 posts

117 months

Monday 23rd March
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I thought it was 'okay', but was somewhat let down by the fact not many real life F1 drivers took part, and its basically just a game. It was quite a contrast to the IMSA Sebring race, and the Nascar race both of which used a proper sim, and had a large number of regular drivers taking part. In fact, BMW Motorsport engineers helped out on the Sebring race, and they claimed a 1-2-3.

sgtBerbatov

2,299 posts

39 months

Monday 23rd March
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It's all fun and games until there's a VSC and you pit towards the end of it.

Ikemi

8,131 posts

163 months

Monday 23rd March
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SturdyHSV said:
I enjoyed it, there was some excellent racing and obviously as it's a bit of fun, far more risks were taken, the damage was on 'reduced' so it was more like touring cars than F1, but it was entertaining.

I've followed Jimmy Broadbent's channel for years, so to flick over to that and have Nico Hulkenburg asking him for tips before the race started was quite funny, it was a real shame Lando's game crashed out right at the start, personally I think having a few more of the current F1 drivers in there would make this a very fun thing to watch, especially as all of the cars are equal.

It's a bit of a shame they're using F1 2019 as the game of choice, it's not exactly a 'sim' in the same way as the more serious stuff, and clearly perhaps isn't quite as stable as would be necessary for this to be a legitimate alternative, but one of the commentators did say something very true...

Imagine if there was a championship point available, even if just 1, you'd probably have every current driver there to compete, and frankly I thought that would be properly exciting.
Yeah, I imagine they're only using F1 2019 as it's the official video game of the championship, whereas several of the F1 drivers have been using iRacing as their preferred sim ...

Kraken

1,534 posts

158 months

Monday 23rd March
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The Aussie Supercars are going to put F1 to shame with their virtual series. Every single driver is taking part rather than a couple.

Munter

30,059 posts

199 months

Monday 23rd March
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Ikemi said:
SturdyHSV said:
I enjoyed it, there was some excellent racing and obviously as it's a bit of fun, far more risks were taken, the damage was on 'reduced' so it was more like touring cars than F1, but it was entertaining.

I've followed Jimmy Broadbent's channel for years, so to flick over to that and have Nico Hulkenburg asking him for tips before the race started was quite funny, it was a real shame Lando's game crashed out right at the start, personally I think having a few more of the current F1 drivers in there would make this a very fun thing to watch, especially as all of the cars are equal.

It's a bit of a shame they're using F1 2019 as the game of choice, it's not exactly a 'sim' in the same way as the more serious stuff, and clearly perhaps isn't quite as stable as would be necessary for this to be a legitimate alternative, but one of the commentators did say something very true...

Imagine if there was a championship point available, even if just 1, you'd probably have every current driver there to compete, and frankly I thought that would be properly exciting.
Yeah, I imagine they're only using F1 2019 as it's the official video game of the championship, whereas several of the F1 drivers have been using iRacing as their preferred sim ...
I do think the main effect was to show how shoddy the F1 2019 game was. And presumably the F1 2020 game also.

I'm sure iRacing could import the car models and tracks.... hehe

HustleRussell

18,466 posts

118 months

Monday 23rd March
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It needs to improve but I'll give it another go.

I think they need to decide whether its trying to be a;
-competitive Grand Prix substitute
or
-a 'celebrity all stars' bit of fun

because at the moment it's awkwardly in between. it doesn't have the racing or talent standard to be the former and it doesn't have the participant / personality engagement to be the latter.

That lad out of One Direction appeared to have never played the game before qualifying.

thatsprettyshady

1,261 posts

123 months

Monday 23rd March
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I found the IMSA braodcast of their Sebring event (using iRacing) was far, far superior - and they used Radio Le Mans' commentary!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqyjMw3XzrY

Adrian W

11,616 posts

186 months

Monday 23rd March
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The inane drivel beforehand was to much for me, I went to bed.

GCH

2,865 posts

160 months

Monday 23rd March
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The nascar one yesterday was better...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNyuj4sQwfM

HARTLEYHARE1

313 posts

87 months

Monday 23rd March
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What a load of old rubbish but at least they are still trying


TheDeuce

7,261 posts

24 months

Monday 23rd March
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HARTLEYHARE1 said:
What a load of old rubbish but at least they are still trying
On that note, this is also weirdly amongst the finest live 'racing' we're going to see anytime soon - so might as well get used to it! smile

And that goes for a huge chunk of general TV. It's getting very difficult to get anything new out the door at all, so it's either oddbod stuff like this or repeats.

K50 DEL

8,218 posts

186 months

Tuesday 24th March
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If this is the thing that was on youtube at 8pm on Sunday then I tried to be interested.... I really did.
But watching people play computer games, mostly people you've never even heard of who are apparently "famous" for having a YouTube channel was a few steps too far for me.

Won't be tuning in again.