F1 isn’t just about the racing. It’s also about the glitz, the glamour and the… media duties. And it is exactly that which you’ll have to embrace in F1 2018.

Detailed today in the first of a four part developer diary series, Codemasters have revealed how you will have to make headlines both on and off the track, taking part in time-sensitive press interviews in order to ensure your career is kept in the media spotlight. If F1 2018 promises to be anything, it is going to be super deep.

Available to view down below, the trailer details how your interactions with Claire, the new reporter character in F1 2018, will shape the way in which you are seen in the sport and directly affect your career. Will you choose to exhibit showmanship or sportsmanship? Your answers can increase/decrease the motivation within departments in your own team, altering the price or reliability of upgrades, as well as any offers you might receive from rival teams.

“The media are going to play a huge part in the player’s career,” commented F1 2018’s Game Director, Lee Mather. “It’s super important for a driver to not just be skilled on track. It’s all about being the complete package. The player is going to need to consider how their answers impact the morale of their team and also how other teams in the paddock perceive them.

Lee continued: “Certain teams may like to see a driver who is a great sportsman: demure and calm in front of the press, even under high-pressure situations, while others may want a driver who is more of a showman who can create buzz.”

The answers made available will develop over time, taking place in new exciting areas like in the Paddock, in front of the team and in the scrutineers garage. But there will also be further improvements and enhancements made to the career in F1 2018, as you get given more control than ever before, shaping your destiny how you see fit. Should that mean approaching a rival team mid-season, then so be it!

F1 2018 will arrive on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 24th 2018, bringing with it all the official teams, drivers and circuits of the 2018 season. Make sure you check out the trailer below and then keep an eye out for the second part of the Developer Diaries series in the weeks ahead.

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