The French GP is back and to celebrate the fact, Codemasters have got together with a number of the home F1 drivers to talk about what it means to finally get the chance to race once more in France. Seems like a decent reason to show off a bit of gameplay footage from round Circuit Paul Ricard too eh!?

The latest trailer for F1 2018 can be seen below and it features none other than French nationals, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Carlos Sainz, as they talked to Codemasters about the new Circuit Paul Ricard and their experience with the game.

“Of course the French Grand Prix is the one I am most looking forward to in the year,” said Haas F1 Team driver, Grosjean. “It will be my first time racing in my home Grand Prix and a lot of French fans are coming to support us.”

Gasly added: “I am massively excited. To have a home Grand Prix is a special feeling. You can really feel the support.”

“I have been playing games since I was a kid… and I haven’t stopped,” said Ocon. “The games have evolved massively and are getting more and more realistic. It is still my routine to go training during the day and I play for one or two hours in the evening… and I find it very useful. When we don’t have a race weekend I keep racing on my own.”

“This is my first try on F1 2018 and I am super impressed. I am a big fan of the games and have played them since I was a kid”, added Gasly. “Every year it keeps getting better.”

Sainz commented: “I spend my time at home practising in the Formula 1 game and on the simulator at Renault. You can be sure that we do this kind of practice.”

Reflecting on the feedback of the drivers, Lee Mather, Game Director, F1 2018 said: “It is fantastic for us to get time with the real drivers. These are the guys who know what it is really like to drive these incredible cars and to have them give honest feedback is always extremely valuable. The fact that they were all positive about the game and the direction in which we are taking it is great to hear.”

With F1 2018 releasing on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come 24th August 2018 to deliver us all the official teams, drivers and circuits from the current season, it won’t be long before us gamers also get the chance to speed along the straights and hit the apexs of Paul Ricard. Don’t forget, should you wish to pre-order the game (or purchase it on Day One) than you will get access to the iconic 2009 Brawn BGP-001 and the 2003 Williams FW25, as DLC content of the F1 2018 Headline Edition.

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