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F1

12 May 2020

F1 2020 Career Mode: F2 involvement, R&D, Setup, gameplay, drivers, teams, & more

F1 2020 Career Mode: F2 involvement, R&D, Setup,
gameplay, drivers, teams, & more

Team orders, retirements, R&D changes... There is a whole world of changes possible this year.

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Formula 2 integration

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Driver Market

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R&D is changing

The Formula 1 world is on lockdown with everyone else right now, except for F1 2020 which is confirmed to arrive in July!

With the release date confirmed it sounds like Codemasters won't be too heavily affected by the current coronavirus issues.

This is what we know about F1 2020 career mode so far.

Formula 2 integration

After its introduction last year, it is not a surprise to see that Formula 2 is getting wrapped into career mode in F1 2020.

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A recent release confirmed that F2 is "now fully integrated into Career mode". This should mean drivers will have to fight their way up through F2 to win a seat in F1 just like Charles Leclerc, George Russell, and Lando Norris did.

Driver Market

F1 2019 finally allowed AI drivers to move teams in career mode, bringing it into line with other sports games like FIFA and Madden.

F1 2020 will go a step further with a Driver Market.

Spanning both career mode and My Team, the Driver Market seems to allow for the promotion of AI F2 drivers in F1 even in career mode.

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This wasn't specified by Game Director Lee Mather but he did say "In My Team You’re no longer the commodity in the driver market, and it’s your team-mate and all of the other drivers in both Formula 1 and Formula 2.” - and since the Driver Market is in career mode too...

Hopefully this will see the older generation of F1 drivers retire and be replaced with the likes of Nyck de Vries and Mick Schumacher.

R&D is changing

This is perhaps the biggest nugget of information from Mather's recent comments.

“We’ve also made some adjustments to how the R&D system works.”

There isn’t a lot to go on, but a change is usually good in the Codemasters F1 games.