There’s a new patch available for F1 2020 today, adding the complete set of cars and drivers from the past season of Formula 2.
In case you’re not familiar with Formula 2 it is, as the name suggests, the step directly below Formula 1. It features less powerful, less complex cars with less aerodynamic grip, and serves as a feeder series for F1. Half of the current F1 grid came through F2 or its predecessor GP2, and half of those won the championship — among them seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.
The cars in use for the 2020 F2 season are essentially the same as those from the 2019 season, which are already in the game. It’s a Dallara F2 2018 chassis, with a 3.4-liter Mecachrome V6 good for around 620hp. All of the teams use the same car, though how they choose to set it up depends entirely on the team and driver.
One crucial difference between the 2019 and 2020 cars comes in the shape of the wheel and tire assembly. F2 served as a test bed this season for new regulations planned for F1 from the 2022 season and on. The cars switched from a 13-inch wheel to new 18-inch items, with a far smaller profile tire, allowing Pirelli to use the data from F2 ahead of a similar change in F1.
Along with wider front tires, that should radically change how the vehicles load and unload during cornering, which should make for a different driving experience.
Of course the update also features all the liveries and driver changes applicable to the 2020 season. That includes 2020 champion Mick Schumacher, who’ll be making a move to Haas F1 in 2021, runner-up Callum Ilott, and third-place series rookie Yuki Tsunoda. The 2020 cars are all available in time trial mode, multiplayer, and in the driver career.
Players on PC, PS4, and Xbox can download the update today, while Stadia owners will have to wait a little while longer.