Driving in an actual F1 car is not an option for many people, however a series of racing games has been available for years for those who still want a similar experience. The newest iteration, F1 2017, was recently released and tested by us in combination with no less than 21 graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia.
The racing game F1 2017 is based on the new season of the Formula 1, with all actual cars, drivers and tracks. Compared to the previous editions the game features a more extensive form of team management, which allows you to manage the development of car parts. Furthermore, the game also features historical F1 cars from the period of 1988 to 2010. These cars were last seen in F1 2013.
The British Codemasters has used its own EGO 4.0 engine for the game, which has been used for this series since F1 2015. The engine was also used for DiRT 4. Support for newer features such as DirectX 12 and such is therefore not present in this game. Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire are also not supported - unfortunate, but in line with what we've been seeing this year.
F1 2017 has been received very well: on Steam 87% of the users are positive about the game, as are professional reviewers. The realistic simulation, the extensive career mode and the retro content is praised by many, however a couple of bugs are present and the graphics could be improved. Codemasters frequently releases updates for the PC version, so the first aspect will probably be resolved rather quickly.
You'll pay 45 pounds for the game on Steam, however keysites are well below this price. This means that driving around in the Red Bull car of Max does not have to be that expensive at all.