F2 driver’s death poses dilemma for F1 video game


As promised, Codemasters’ F1 2019 will quickly get an update delivering the complete Formula two 2019 roster of drivers and schedule of events. And it could not have come at a worse time.

That is due to the fact F2 driver Anthoine Hubert was killed in competitors at 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 path of Juan Manuel Correa, who hit Hubert at speed.

Each drivers have been taken to the circuit’s healthcare center, exactly where Hubert died of his injuries.

The news cast a pall more than today’s Formula 1 race, won by Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc, and similarly dominates discussion inside the F1 gaming neighborhood. Players on the F1 subreddit posted tribute screens of their laps in a BWT Arden F2 auto at Monaco and Le Castellet, exactly where Hubert claimed victories in his rookie season.

Other individuals recommended altering the colors 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 field of pink vehicles would be a pretty poignant tribute.

FIA canceled today’s F2 sprint race (a second race exactly where the top rated eight finishers are inverted on the beginning grid) out of respect for Hubert and his loved ones. A delicate query now faces Codemasters, which no doubt had modeled Hubert for look in the game when the F2 update launches.

Would it be insensitive, or even feasible at this point, to replace him (and Arden hasn’t named Hubert’s replacement however). Or would it be insensitive to leave him in as a tribute, racing in a video game soon after his death? If any tribute is produced, how would that be referred to as out?

I posed these concerns in an e-mail to a Codemasters representative, but getting the Labor Day weekend we may well not hear back quickly.

Codemasters on Thursday previewed the F2 2019 update but didn’t say especially when it would be added to the game. This is the very first year Formula two, the series just beneath F1, has been featured in the video game, but so far it utilizes the 2018 teams, drivers, and even tire compounds.

3 F2 drivers from 2018 start out in F1 this year: McLaren’s Lando Norris Alexander Albon, not too long ago promoted to Aston Martin Red Bull and 2018 drivers’ champion George Russell, for Williams. They show up in each series in the game. Furthermore, F1 2019’s profession mode starts in F2, exactly where the player’s produced driver is joined by two fictitious F2 rivals for the top rated series’ 2019 season.

F1 2019 launched June 28 for PlayStation four, Windows Computer and Xbox A single.


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