Codemasters has released the first footage for F1 2018, with Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles Leclerc driving a lap of his home track, the iconic Circuit de Monaco.

The driver was filmed playing a work in progress build at the Baku race this year, and had the following to say about the title “I love playing the F1 games!” Leclerc said “As soon as I get out of the car, I miss racing. So, when I’m back home, I play for fun. This is the closest thing I can get to driving a Formula 1 car outside of the track, so it’s always very enjoyable to play.”

Reacting to the recreation of Monaco in F1 2018, Leclerc said “I was amazed by how realistic the scenery was. Being born in monaco, I know the circuit very well. Well done for visualising the track so nicely in the game. My Favourite part is the last sector because there’s a great rhythm to the drive there.”

The game is set to boast several improvements over last year’s title, one of which being the inclusion of player managed ERS. Game Director Lee Mather explains “The inclusion of a player-managed Energy Recovery System (ERS) has been added to the vehicle physics for F1 2018 as we always strive to give as authentic recreation of the sport as possible. AUgmenting the powerful combustion engine, the player will have multiple deployment modes to choose from. THe inclusion of the ERS will not only give the player an even more authentic Formula 1 experience, but will serve to create even more varied and exciting races.”

It certainly seems that Codemasters are putting a lot of effort into improving this years title, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. You can view Leclerc’s lap in full bellow:

F1 2018 is set to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC August 24.

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