F1 2020: Circuit Zandvoort First Look

F1 2020 8 April 30, 2020 by

Codemasters has only just revealed F1 2020, and its launch date of July 10, but already it’s pushing out the content preview videos.

The developer has today released a special trailer featuring some of the new assets for F1 2020, and it features both a new car and a new-for-2020 circuit. The track in question is Circuit Zandvoort, which would have had its first F1 race since 1985 this coming weekend if not for the unusual circumstances affecting the world right now.

Located on the coast of the Netherlands, 15 miles west of Amsterdam, Circuit Zandvoort features some interesting topography. Turn 4 — Hugenholtzbocht, named for former track director John Hugenholtz — and the famous final Arie Luijendijk corner named after the Flying Dutchman himself are heavily banked. At 18 degrees of slope through the final turn, Zandvoort features steeper banking than Indianapolis. When F1 does finally get to race the new track, this could pose a challenge for the tires.

Of course a Dutch track requires a Dutch driver and, handily, F1 2020 will again feature the highly rated Max Verstappen. Although born in Belgium to a Belgian mother, Verstappen — like his father Jos — considers himself Dutch and races under a Dutch license. The video clip features Verstappen’s 2020 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 taking on the new circuit.

In addition to the video above, Codemasters has revealed some of the special box art for the limited Seventy Edition versions of the game. There’s different versions depending on what territory you’re in, with Spain and Mexico getting a Sainz/Perez cover, Leclerc and Verstappen appearing on France, BeNeLux, Italy, and Japan editions, Ricciardo and Raikonnen on the Poland and Australia releases, and a classic Hamilton/Vettel pairing for all other regions.

A special Michael Schumacher Edition version, which includes five of Schumacher’s most significant F1 cars and three-day early access, features the German seven-time world champion on the cover.

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