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Aug 25, 2023

Daniel Ricciardo to return the F1 roster in upcoming update, and race Max Verstappen in new Pro Challenges feature for F1 23

From Press Release:

Redwood City, Calif. – August 25, 2023 – Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) celebrates the restart of the F1® season with new real-world challenges and game updates in EA SPORTS™ F1® 23. The game will launch its first two ‘Pro Challenges’, where fans can go wheel-to-wheel with EA SPORTS ambassadors Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc in ghost lap time trials. Max Verstappen sets the challenge in a new video and invites players to race against him at Circuit Zandvoort. Daniel Ricciardo also makes a welcome return to the game, alongside the addition of an updated Singapore track and more ‘F1® World’ challenges.

From August 29 to September 4, fans can go head-to-head with back-to-back World Champion Max Verstappen in an intense lap time trial. With Verstappen setting the bar high, players who beat his time of 1:10:621 will earn his special FORMULA 1 DUTCH GRAND PRIX 2023 helmet in-game to recognise their victory. On September 5, players will be beckoned to surpass the lap time set by Charles Leclerc, to win a special Scuderia Ferrari item for the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA 2023.

“We are beyond thrilled with the launch of the new ‘Pro Challenge’ feature in ‘F1® World’. Giving players the opportunity to directly engage and compete against their favourite drivers in game is something we always wanted to deliver,” said Lee Mather, Senior Creative Director at Codemasters. “’F1® World’ will continue to evolve, creating more moments for players to test their virtual racing skills against their real-world heroes.”

The latest update will bring a host of new content for fans to enjoy, including the anticipated return of Daniel Ricciardo to F1® 23. From August 29, players can take the wheel as the Aussie racing legend in-game, as well as enjoy the new layout of the Marina Bay Circuit, which has been updated to reflect the real-world changes to several corners. The third driver ratings update will follow on September 19, updating profiles to match real-life performance.

More ‘F1® World’ challenges will be available throughout September including five ‘F1 Replay’ events, and new studio-curated Scenario Events featuring Valtteri Bottas, Logan Sargeant and Lando Norris to test even the most seasoned veteran. ‘F1® World’ will continue to deliver regular gameplay updates, earning players exclusive team and seasonal rewards, including special edition items like the recently added the Alfa Romeo F1 Team x BOOGIE Art Livery.

Alongside competing on every circuit for the 2023 season with all teams and drivers, players can live the drama of Formula 1® in ‘Braking Point 2’, F1® 23’s enthralling narrative-driven story mode, and create their own legacy via the different single and multiplayer modes including the widely popular ‘My Team’.

For more information on F1® 23, an official game of the FIA Formula One World Championship available across PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC, via EA App, Epic Games Store, and Steam, follow Formula 1 game website and social channels.