F2 driver’s demise poses dilemma for F1 online game
As promised, Codemasters’ F1 2019 will quickly get an replace delivering the total Components 2 2019 roster of drivers and schedule of occasions. And it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
That’s as a result of F2 driver Anthoine Hubert was killed in competitors on the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hubert, driving for the BWT Arden group, struck the wall atop Spa’s formidable Eau Rouge-Raidillon complicated and rebounded into the trail of Juan Manuel Correa, who hit Hubert at pace.
Each drivers had been taken to the circuit’s medical heart, the place Hubert died of his accidents.
The information forged a pall over right now’s Components 1 race, gained by Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc, and equally dominates dialogue throughout the F1 gaming neighborhood. Gamers on the F1 subreddit posted tribute screens of their laps in a BWT Arden F2 automotive at Monaco and Le Castellet, the place Hubert claimed victories in his rookie season.
Others advised altering the colours of their multiplayer vehicles to match Hubert’s pink livery with BWT Arden. With this weekend’s multiplayer occasion at Spa-Francorchamps (wrapping up right now), a discipline of pink vehicles can be a really poignant tribute.
FIA canceled right now’s F2 dash race (a second race the place the highest eight finishers are inverted on the beginning grid) out of respect for Hubert and his household. A fragile query now faces Codemasters, which little question had modeled Hubert for look within the recreation as soon as the F2 replace launches.
Would it not be insensitive, and even possible at this level, to exchange him (and Arden hasn’t named Hubert’s substitute but). Or would it not be insensitive to depart him in as a tribute, racing in a online game after his demise? If any tribute is made, how would that be referred to as out?
I posed these questions in an e mail to a Codemasters consultant, however being the Labor Day weekend we could not hear again quickly.
Codemasters on Thursday previewed the F2 2019 replace however didn’t say particularly when it could be added to the sport. That is the primary yr Components 2, the collection simply beneath F1, has been featured within the online game, however to this point it makes use of the 2018 groups, drivers, and even tire compounds.
Three F2 drivers from 2018 begin in F1 this yr: McLaren’s Lando Norris; Alexander Albon, just lately promoted to Aston Martin Purple Bull; and 2018 drivers’ champion George Russell, for Williams. They present up in each collection within the recreation. Moreover, F1 2019’s profession mode begins in F2, the place the participant’s created driver is joined by two fictitious F2 rivals for the highest collection’ 2019 season.
F1 2019 launched June 28 for PlayStation four, Home windows PC and Xbox One.