Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and five other famous F1 figures can be hired as team mates in F1 2021’s updated My Team mode, Codemasters and EA Sports announced today.
In a first for the official F1 game series series, players who purchase the Digital Deluxe edition of F1 2021 will have the ability to hire seven famous names from the last 30 years.
The seven “icons” that Digital Deluxe edition owners will be able to select are Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg.
The classic drivers will be locked behind a three-tier system, with players given the opportunity to hire a single icon of their choosing at the start of the game. Details of which icons will be locked behind each tier or which drivers will be available from the start of the game are yet to be revealed.
With the return of My Team, each driver available will again have an ability rating attached. While the ratings for the 2021 field will be revealed at a later date, the ratings for the ‘icons’ have been announced.
Schumacher and Senna have been given an equal rating of 94, just one more than Prost (93). Button will have a driver rating of 90, higher than Rosberg (89). The only two non-champions in the selection will have the lowest rating among the ‘icons’: Coulthard (87) and Massa (86).
Codemasters and EA Sports also revealed Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc will also feature on the game’s cover art.
F1 2021 will by released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC through Steam on Friday 16 July. The Digital Deluxe edition is available for £74.99 on the official PlayStation store, while the standard edition of the game will retail for £59.99
‘Icon’ driver ratings
F1 2021 Deluxe Edition trailer
This article will be updated.