Hype Review: F1 2014 By Codemasters Is The Best Way To Pass The Offseason (Video)

Posted on 12.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There is no more F1 racing until next year.  This really, really sucks if you’re an F1 fan like me.  Luckily, Codemasters has been filling the void for years with their F1 video game franchise.  F1 2014 is the last game for “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) before they move on to the new kids on the block Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  So, is it worth it to take one more ride before upgrading?  Well, I have put together a pros and cons review for you to help you form your own opinion.  Check it out below!

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F1 Hype: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: A Champion Is Crowned (Quick Result And Video)

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the final race of the 2014 Formula 1 season this weekend?  Did you forget to DVR it?  Have you some how avoided all forms of mass media and actually have no idea what happened or who won?  All of these things are very unlikely but hell I am going to go ahead and post this anyway.  Scroll down to learn who won the final race of the season and more importantly who captured the championship.  There is also a quick race recap courtesy of NBC Sports.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!

 

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Felipe Massa
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton is the 2014 Formula One World Champion!

Race Recap:

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F1 Hype: Brazilian Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 11.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The second to last race of the 2014 Formula One season is in the books!  Please tell me you didn’t…seriously?! Missed it?  OK, I will help you out yet again!  It was quite a race in Brazil and tensions were definitely high.  You sure you want to know the results?  Alright, scroll down for spoilers and a quick race recap from NBC Sports.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa

It was definitely a crazy race and the phrase of the day was tire degradation as the Pirelli tires took a beating on the Integlagos asphalt and that provided hardship for just about every team on the grid.  Tire wear definitely played a part in everyone’s strategy today.  For a recap check out the video below from NBC Sports.

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F1 Hype: United States Grand Prix (Quick Result)

Posted on 11.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For us American F1 fans the USGP is the biggest race of the year so if you missed it then it better be because you had one hell of a Halloween!  Is that what happened?  Are you sure? OK, I believe you …this time…  Anyhow this race was also important for a few other reasons.  It was the third to the last race of this season and this was a chance for Nico Rosberg to catch up to his teammate Lewis Hamilton in championship points.  On the constructor’s side, Williams-Mercedes was hunting for a good performance to keep them ahead of Ferrari for third place in the constructor’s championship.  Ready to find out what happened?  Alright go ahead and scroll down.

WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW!

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Daniel Riccardo

Yes, Lewis Hamilton got his second win at the Circuit Of The America’s over the weekend and deservedly so.  With Nico winning the pole position and Lewis suffering from brake problems during qualifying and during the first half of the race it looked like Nico would get the better of his rival on this weekend.  However a well-timed pit-stop by Lewis’ crew and a set of fresh tires was all the Brit needed to take the fight to Nico and over take him around the mid point of the race and stay ahead to get his 5th win in a row and to earn his 32nd career win.  Lewis’ win over the weekend officially makes him the most successful British F1 driver in the sport’s history.

Lewis is now 24 points ahead of Nico Rosberg going into the next race in Brazil and normally it would look pretty firmly locked up but we should all remember that this year the last race (in Abu Dhabi) champion points are doubled.  Thus, a first place finish in the last race is worth 50 points rather than 25 points and so on.  So if Lewis makes a just a small mistake in the next two races, Nico has a very good chance to make a last minute run at the 2014 title.  Count on tensions being high at these last two races of the season!

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F1: Marussia F1 Driver Jules Bianchi Severely Injured In Japanese Grand Prix Crash

Posted on 10.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Instead of my normal “quick result” post on the F1 results this weekend, unfortunately I have some bad news to report.  During the Japanese Grand Prix, Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi was involved in a severe collision near the end of what was already a pretty sketchy race.  With a typhoon looming over Japan the Suzuka circuit was wet for most of the weekend.  In fact the race was red flagged once in the beginning of the event due to a significant down-pour.  When the rain let off the FIA decided to resume the race but later on the rains returned once again drenching the track.

Because of the tricky conditions Adrian Sutil lost control at turn 7, going off course and getting stuck in the run-off area.  The race continued with a local yellow in that area but fears began to grow that Sutil may have been seriously injured.  A recovery vehicle with a crane was deployed to extract Sutil’s car from the run off but during that time Jules Bianchi also lost control in turn 7 but instead of going into the run off his car went towards the scene of the accident at high speed and collided with the recovery vehicle.

Once the medical team and track workers reached Bianchi and realized the extent of his injuries they called for another red flag and eventually called the race with less than 10 laps to go.  Rather than air-lift Bianchi to the local hospital he was taken via ambulance with police escort.  There are conflicting reports that an air-lift was declined due to the weather conditions.  Bianchi was unconscious upon arrival and immediately underwent brain surgery for what was described as a “severe head injury”

After surgery Jules was moved to the intensive care unit and is said to be breathing on his own, which is good news.  Although the full extent of his injuries are still unknown and will probably remain that way for sometime while the driver recovers.

I can tell already that in the coming weeks there will be heated discussions about this incident in regards to who was to blame, what should have been done, what needs to be done in the future, etc.  I say as long as it all remains objective, rational, respectful, and civil bring it on.  Hopefully, this horrible occurrence will result in rules, regulations, or innovations that will increase the already advanced safety of Formula 1.

As for the results of the race, Lewis Hamilton was awarded the victory as he was in front when the race was called.  Nico Rosberg earned second place and Sebastian Vettel got third.  Naturally the podium ceremony was very much subdued from is normal fanfare.

As soon as any updates are reported  from credible sources I will try to update this post as well. For now my thoughts are with Jules Bianchi, his family, friends, and the Marussia F1 team.

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Gaming Hype: Tons Of Codemasters F1 2014 Gameplay Video!

Posted on 09.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The next Formula One game from Codemasters is coming this October (a month earlier than usual) and we are going to present to you four reasons why we have high hopes for this game.  Check out the four “hot lap” videos below taken from actual game play as a preview of things to come.  Naturally, should we get a copy we will do a full review of F1 2014 and let you know if its worth purchasing.  For now we are pretty optimistic!  Now stop reading and start watching below!

Sochi Hot Lap:

Spa Hot Lap:

Red Bull Ring Hot Lap:

Bahrain Hot Lap:

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F1 Hype: Belgian Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 08.25.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Formula One finally returned from its summer break this weekend as it made its return to the extremely fast Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.  If you missed it, well things were uneventful for the most part unless you count the part where Nico Rosberg totally sliced Lewis Hamilton’s tire with his front end plate basically ruining the race for his closest rival in the points championship.  Oh, does that interest you?  Well you will find a quick video on that below and I am sure you will here more about it later.  As  you can imagine everyone on the Mercedes GP team is pissed, especially at the revelation that Nico himself admitted that he did it to “prove a point”!  Dramaaaaa!  Anyhow, you will also find the race results and a highlight reel.  Check it all out below then discuss it at the watercooler.

 

SPOILERS BELOW

Race results:

1st: Daniel Ricciardo
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

 

End of race highlights:

Nico Rosberg vs Lewis Hamilton incidient:

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Gaming Hype: Codemasters Reveals F1 2014 Gameplay Footage, Plans For The Future

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of my favorite driving franchises is the F1 series from the gang at Codemasters.  To some controversy their last game F1 2013 was released on what is technically “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PS3).  Well, it looks like Codemasters may be sparking some of that controversy again as they have announced that F1 2014 will also be released on the “last gen” consoles.  However, they have also promised that F1 2014 will be their last F1 game that is exclusive to Xbox 360 and PS3 and they have also promised that F1 2014 will be a fitting send-off.

To quell any interweb-rage about F1 2014 not coming to Xbox One or PS4, Codemasters gave a little preview of what we can expect in F1 2015.  One of the biggest tidbits is that the release cycle will likely change. Typically, Codemasters releases their F1 games at the end of the season and before the next season.  This is because Codemasters doesn’t know what new tracks, teams, or drivers will be added to F1 before the season starts so they have to wait until it all shakes out and then make their game.

However, starting with F1 2015  Codemasters will look to release their F1 games earlier in the season rather than the end.  This is because due to the architecture of Xbox One and PS4 it is easier to release content like new teams, tracks, and drivers via DLC (downloadable content) as the season unfolds.  So far, that is all we know about their future plans but Codemasters’ has hinted that they will reveal more about their next gen F1 games once F1 2014 is released this October (October 21st, 2014 to be exact).

I personally can’t wait to see what the team will do with the new consoles.  But I am equally excited for F1 2014!  If you share that sentiment then feel free to scroll down and check out the official gameplay trailer!

[Source: Codemasters Blog]

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F1 Hype: Austrian Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 06.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you get so busy watching the World Cup this weekend that you completely forgot about Formula One in Austria?  We forgive you, because we did the same thing.  How about that Korea vs Algeria match huh?!  Anyhow, chances are you probably forgot to DVR the race as well so if you need the results they are below as well as a race highlight reel which nicely recaps all the craziness from the weekend.

 

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!

 

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

 

Race Highlights:

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News: Michael Schumacher Has Come Out Of Coma And Left French Hospital

Posted on 06.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In a great bit of news this morning it has been reported that after nearly 7 months in a coma due to a skiing accident, Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has awoken from the coma and has checked out of the French hospital where he was receiving care for his injuries.  It is not known exactly when the champ left or what his current condition is now but his family asked for privacy during what is likely to be a long road to a full recovery.  We are definitely glad to hear that he is making progress!

[Source: ESPN F1]

[Photo: AFP]

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