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Podcast: Reacting to the F2 driver ratings on F1 2020

by Formula Scout

Photo: Jakob Ebrey/F2

A new feature on the official F1 2020 game enables you to sign drivers from last year’s Formula 2 grid to race in your own Formula 1 team. To do this, game developer Codemasters has ranked the drivers in an odd way

Using numbers on a scale as a metric to create competition in a game was first mastered by card playing franchise Top Trumps in the late 1970s, and in recent decades has been surpassed in popularity by console-based football simulator FIFA.

Formula 1 has now finally caught on to that bandwagon, and introduced driver ratings to the latest edition of its official tie-in racing game. Not only that, but they’ve done the same for the drivers in the supporting Formula 2 championship, which was added to the game for the first time in 2019.

Obviously the F1 ratings have immediately caused debate, with each driver given an overall rating out of 100, and similarly scaled attributes in experience, racecraft, awareness and pace. They also have a contract cost, a sizeable buyout clause and an annual salary that makes all the drivers millionaires.

Given F2 drivers pay for their seats, they do without the financial statistics, but have been marked on the same attributes as the F1 drivers and to the same standard as success as them. For example, 2019 F2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi exists in both the F1 and the playable F2 element of the game (although cannot be signed in the first season of game career mode having already claimed a Williams F1 drive for this year), and his overall rating is lower than some of his F2 rivals.

In the latest episode of the Formula Scout Podcast, the team discussed the accuracy of the F2 driver ratings that have already been revealed (which can be seen below), guessing the influences behind some of the ratings when it comes to user enjoyments, and whether they are good estimates of potential F1 ability or totally out of touch.

You can find it on Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Castbox, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

F2 drivers’ rankings in F1 2020
Name Team Experience Racecraft Awareness Pace Rating
Jack Aitken Campos Racing 32 56 80 74 67
Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 32 62 80 70 66
Nicholas Latifi Williams F1 32 60 80 64 64
Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi 32 60 59 70 62
Giuliano Alesi Trident 28 59 53 74 62
Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 28 68 56 68 61
Mick Schumacher Prema 28 55 53 75 61
Dorian Boccolacci Campos Racing 27 48 63 74 61
Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 32 62 54 65 59
Louis Deletraz Carlin 32 54 65 62 58
Tatiana Calderon Arden 28 53 64 60 56
Ralph Boschung Trident 30 48 60 58 54