This weekend F1 returns to Circuit Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix. Ten years will have passed since the last time F1 came to France in 2008 at Magny-Cours. As such, Codemasters has released a new gameplay video showing off the circuit in F1 2018.
French drivers Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Romain Grosjean feature in the video.As you’d expect, all three drivers are looking forward to their home race, and rightfully so. Carlos Sainz joins them, sitting in on behalf of home team Renault Sport.
This is something of a different approach to gameplay previews over last year. Not only were the drivers navigating their way around the track, but talking about their experiences as well.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean is particularly satisfied with the French GP returning. It will be his first time taking part and he’s quick to point out a lot of French fans will be there supporting them. Torro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly echoes the sentiment: “I am massively excited. To have a home Grand Prix is a special feeling. You can really feel the support.”
There’s little denying Paul Ricard is a technical venue. With 15 corners laid out across the 3.63-mile track, things could heat up this weekend. Of particular interest are Turns 8 and 9, otherwise known as Chicane Nord. Coming off of Turn 7, the Mistral Straight looks to be one of a few places where things might get intense.
It’s worth mentioning Ferrari dominated the last French GP with a 1-2 finish. Will history repeat itself this weekend? We don’t have much longer of wait to find out.
Circuit Paul Ricard returns to Formula 1 this weekend, and F1 2018 releases on all platforms on August 24.