F1 2013 Game: All you need to know ahead of the October release

Codemasters have released an in-depth FAQ on the next edition of their Formula 1 game – F1 2013 – which is scheduled for global release in early October.

The FAQ addresses various topics, including: comprehensive content list, difference between Standard & Classic Edition, system requirements, release dates, wheels supported. It attempts to answer any pre-launch questions.

When is the F1 2013 releasing?

  • Europe: October 4th
  • Middle East: October 4th
  • Africa: October 4th
  • North America: October 8th
  • South America: October 8th


What content does the F1 2013 Standard Edition include?

  • 2013 season content.
  • 1980s content.
  • Including World Champion drivers Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi & Mario Andretti, as well as Gerhard Berger and many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
  • 5 classic cars.
  • Classic tracks
  • Brands Hatch
  • Jerez

What content does the F1 2013 Classic Edition include?

  • 2013 season content.
  • 1980s content.
  • Including World Champion drivers Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi & Mario Andretti, as well as Gerhard Berger and many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
  • 5 classic cars.
  • 1990s content.
  • Iconic drivers, including World Champions Alain Prost & Jacques Villeneuve, as well as Eddie Irvine, David Coulthard and more to be announced at a future date
  • 6 classic cars
  • Classic tracks
  • Imola
  • Estoril
  • Brands Hatch
  • Jerez

If I buy the Standard Edition will I still be able to purchase the extra content at a later date?

  • Yes. The 1990s content and the classic track pack will be available via DLC a few weeks after launch.


Is the Classic Edition limited?

  • Yes there is a limited supply of Classic Editions. If you miss out on this limited run you’ll be able to gain access to the exclusive content via DLC after launch.

Can you race classic cars and tracks online?

  • Yes.

Can you race classic cars in career?

  • No. Classics Mode allows you to drive classic cars in a Grand Prix, time trial and time attack. We’ll have more to share about other classic game modes at a later date.

Can you make pit-stops with the classic cars?

  • Yes.

What platforms will F1 2013 be releasing on?

  • Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC.

Where can I pre-order the game?

  • We have a Facebook app that lists retailers that are accepting pre-orders. You can find that here.


Why can’t I see F1 2013 Classic Edition for PC?

  • F1 2013 Classic Edition will only be available on PC via digital distribution. You will be able to pre-order the game on Steam around 6 weeks prior to launch (estimated).

When can I pre-order F1 2013 on Steam?

  • We are unable to provide a specific date but we estimate that Steam pre-orders will be available around 6 weeks prior to launch.

What are the minimum PC specifications for F1 2013?

  • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or AMD Athlon X2
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD2600 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard


What are the recommended PC specifications for F1 2013?

  • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7/AMD Bulldozer
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD HD6000 Series/Nvidia GTX500 Series minimum 1GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard

Will F1 2013 have RaceNet support?

  • Yes. We’ll be revealing more specific RaceNet features closer to release.

Will I need a VIP/Online pass to play online?

  • No you do not need a VIP/Online pass to play online.

Will there be a demo for F1 2013?

  • We considered this but eventually decided to not release a demo and focus all our resource on the final game.

Can you turn off the classic screen filters?

  • Yes these are optional.

Can I save mid-race?

  • Yes you can save at any point during practice, qualifying or race day.


What is F1 Classics? And why did you choose the content you did?

  • F1 Classics is a brand new game mode that brings iconic cars, drivers and circuits from the history of F1 into Codemasters F1 2013.
  • We started work on licensing this content a long time ago. Very early on it became apparent that licensing a full season would be almost impossible in terms of actually locating drivers and establishing who owns the rights to the car, sponsors, etc. What would we do if we couldn’t get particular teams and drivers, which has been the case, and what do we do about teams and drivers who sadly are no longer with us? Not having a full replica car & driver grid would seriously jeopardise the quality of that experience, and on top of that, matching all of the tracks to a particular season would incur a huge investment of time (4-5 years) and money, and the appetite for this content is here now.
  • When we were discussing what people actually wanted in terms of mass market appeal, it was only really the ‘big’ teams and the most famous iconic drivers that people really wanted to experience. Therefore we have created a much more flexible game design for F1 Classics, giving us much more freedom to approach a multitude of superstar drivers and enabling us to deliver a truly amazing experience of historical, well known names and brands for this, our first attempt. This added flexibility enabled us to come up with a huge wish list of teams and drivers to approach, and we are hugely excited by our final line-up.
  • Split across two ‘celebration of the decade Goodwood style events’ (F1 Classics: 1980s and 1990s), players will have the chance to race a range of classic F1 cars, against both original and former ‘legendary’ F1 guest drivers, on historical iconic F1 circuits, recreated to the audio and visual style of the television coverage of the day, all of which will be introduced by the most famous voice in motorsport, Murray Walker.
  • Teams have been chosen on their historic significance, with specific cars not simply chosen on performance. Each team will race with at least one of the original drivers piloting their cars (where possible), with a former ‘legendary’ F1 guest driver piloting the second car. Former ‘team legend’ guest drivers have been allocated based on a strong and obvious association with that particular team, and as such F1 Classics reunites 10 legendary F1 World Champions from across the years. For fans of a global sport this is huge as many of the territories have a ‘hero’ driver.
  • Historic circuits have been selected for layout variety, popularity and era association and are ideally matched to the cars on offer; Brand Hatch, Jerez, Imola and Estoril.
  • All of this amazing content is brought to together for the first time in a Codemasters Formula One experience that has innovated and taken a giant leap into the retro field. No other game has matched the number of teams we offer, or as many real Formula One circuits, or offered the amazing driver line-up we have in both a singleplayer and multiplayer experience. Of course we’re always looking to improve our games year on year so we are continuing to negotiate and explore options to further increase the team, car and driver line-up in subsequent years. This is just the beginning.


Why no historic McLaren?

  • There’s no doubting McLaren’s pedigree in F1 over the two eras which we are featuring. Sadly for us, they have exclusive development rights with another game which we weren’t able to overcome in the timeframe we needed. Discussions are ongoing and we would love to feature McLaren, and other F1 Teams, in the future. This is very much our first step into the ‘Classic Arena’.

Will Senna Feature in the game?

  • Unfortunately not in F1 2013 for a couple of reasons; 1) his name and license is already tied up to an existing game and 2) the concept of F1 classics is that it is a ‘celebration of the decade Goodwood style event’ for each of the eras. When exploring the driver line-up there were several drivers who are sadly no longer with us and a decision was made that it wasn’t fitting to include them in the game design as it was at that time. Whilst we appreciate that this will be a disappointment to some of you, we are confident that the driver line up will contain a very exciting & competitive line up of former world champions. We would very much like F1 Classics to be a staple of our future F1 games so as long as the demand is high enough, we feel that a future game mode could be tuned specifically to certain historic teams & drivers – with Senna being one of them.vvvvv

The list of supported PC wheels leaves little to be desired as all major models from Fanatec, Thrustmaster & Logitech are supported alongside more professional gear such as the ECCI Trackstar 6000 and even the SimRaceWay SRW-S1 steering wheel.


PC Supported Wheels

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
  • Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel with Force Feedback
  • ECCI Trackstar 6000
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 RS2
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Fanatec ClubSport
  • Fanatec CSR Elite
  • Fanatec ClubSport Pedals
  • Logitech Driving Force GT
  • Logitech Driving Force Pro
  • Logitech Formula Force EX/RX
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel K
  • Logitech MOMO Racing Force (Racing)
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari 430 Force Feedback Racing Wheel
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari GT F430 Wireless Cockpit
  • Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Clutch Edition
  • Thrustmaster Universal Challenge 5-in-1 Racing Wheel
  • Thrustmaster T500RS Racing Wheel
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 wheel Integral T500
  • Logitech WingMan Formula Force GP Racing Wheel
  • Atomic Super Sport Evo Steering Wheel
  • Logic3 Tri Format Topdrive GT
  • Logic3 Tri Format Topdrive RF
  • SimRaceWay SRW-S1 Steering Wheel (NEW)
  • Atomic TVR Sagaris Sport Racing Steering Wheel

PlayStation 3 Supported Wheels

  • Atomic Super Sport
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 RS2
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Fanatec ClubSport (NEW)
  • Fanatec CSR Elite (NEW)
  • Logic 3 TopDrive GT
  • Logic 3 TopDrive RF
  • Logitech Driving Force
  • Logitech Driving Force EX/RX
  • Logitech Driving Force GT
  • Logitech Driving Force Pro
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 Force Feedback
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience
  • Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Pro Clutch
  • Thrustmaster T500RS Racing Wheel

Xbox 360 Supported Wheels

  • Microsoft 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
  • Logitech Drive FX Wheel
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 GT2
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • Fanatec CSR Elite (NEW)
  • Joytech Nitro Racing Wheel
  • MadCatz Wireless Racing Wheel
  • For more on F1 2013, the different versions and content included, please check out this FAQ. F1 2013 is coming to the PC, Playstation 3 & Xbox 360 in early October.

  • khan

    Whats the point of having all this when u cant even change race strategy during race as weather changes it says on the radio what strategy to use but doesn’t apply it on its own
    I hope they added this feature in this one

  • Kimi4WDC

    Why am I going to download this game, rather than purchase.

    You choose purchasable content, you loose. How about finally make a great final game that is worth buying.

    It’s not even revolutionary technology any more, just a clone of past three games. Thanks for milking our wallets, but will be fine.

  • Faceman

    Is it still running the antique Dirt2 engine?


    Is it still going to be realeased far too late in the season?


    Will it still ship with countless bugs and flaws?


    Will it still be weak game compared to previous generation console F1 games?


    Should Codemasters divert some profits into releasing a game that equals the appeal of the sport it’s trying to mimic?


    Is the game designed and marketed to children who have never even driven a car, much less understand F1?


    Will it have the driving dynamics of Pole Position for the Atrai 2600?


    Will I pay for this game? Or it’s sister game?


  • Telecaster

    F1 Games just weren’t made for long time. This is definitely better than nothing. I would love damage mode, I’d lover better driving physics and more dynamic road pick-up. But compared to going back into the wilderness I will continue to support this until something better comes along.

  • gmd

    codemasters please no classic crap i just want a realistic damage mode better penalty mode and a create a team mode with paint and sponsorships like forza

  • Tom Schimmel

    I get that McLaren will not be present in this game. But what are the games that havy copywriter the team? Also. What is the game with Senna

  • Mikeyboy49

    I’ve been buying F1 Games for many years probably 20 years, the last 3-4 releases have been clones with some updates, since when does someone using a joypad / stick do better than a steering wheel, I’ve yet to find an F1 driver using a pad, when is code masters going to change the handling to support better use of the steering wheel over the joystick. I love F1 as a game but come on joysticks are 5-6 seconds a lap quicker and therefore more forgiving on errors….Come on codemasters update the whole game and give us something more than a replica of previous versions…

  • vodkar227

    Why can’t the game favor more of even equal to the controller it is to hard if u can’t buy a desent wheel aggh but still love the game bought is 2-3 days ago!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon D

    Is the Classic Edition content actually on a physical disc, or is it downloadable-only content?!

  • matthew

    Holy hell graphics are good! Still though, who in their right mind would pick this over gran turismo 5? or 6 which is coming dec 6th?

  • AE500

    Buying this for my son – does he need a steering wheel for standard PS3 version?