The verdict on Codemasters’ new F1 2020 driver ratings

published on July 2, 2020

when the upcoming f1 2020 games driver

ratings were revealed on social media

ahead of next month's release they were

met with spirited discussion even

Charlotte clerk got in on the act

describing summers not appropriate not

very well rated specifically

highlighting Williams driver George

Russell's modest overall rating I think

George was very low and he's quick I

mean if you put him in the right garb

and he's as quick as though as the

westin he was a criminal each driver is

given a rating out of 99 per four

attributes experienced race craft

awareness and pace as well as an overall

rating these will help shape the

evolving driver market and also

influence how drivers perform on track

and behave in battle they will also

regularly be modified while within each

safe the ratings can also evolve so

there's a particularly big potential

upside to the younger drivers

Codemasters did not create these ratings

as a rigorous and in-depth evaluation of

the relative abilities of drivers they

were generated with a data-driven system

that left no room for the necessarily

subjective modifications needed to best

reflect reality so the success should be

judged only by how well they drive the

goings-on when playing f1 2020 but that

doesn't stop us taking them seriously

and scrutinizing them as if they were to

be applied to the real world and it also

doesn't stop you letting us know what

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logically the most experienced driver on

the grid can be räikkönen with 312

starts is rated 98th and the least

experienced Latifi at 32 the rest are in

between and rank broadly in order of

number of f1 starts between räikkönen

and Latifi the rating figures drop as a

number of starts reduces the

relationship between starts and

experience rating is not directly linear

but as you'd expect the ratio of starts

to experience rating points is at its

highest for the most experienced around

three to one those at the other end of

the scale are a ratio of just under 1 to

25 as the slope of improvement is

steeper earlier on in a drivers career

räikkönen isn't going to learn a gray

deal from starts 313 to 322 while Alex

Alban will get a lot from his next 10

there are some inconsistencies Carlos

Sainz jr and max with Stefan started

their f1 careers at the same time yet

there is a three point difference in

favor of the redbull driver that can be

justified as reflecting the Stefan's

experience at the front something signed

lacks experience must reflect the range

of their careers not just the number of

starts so it's fair to bump up the

rating of a race winner but it's among

those who have contested three seasons

or less that things get erratic the

three drivers who made their debuts last

year Alban Lando Norris and George

Russell are all rated at 52 yet antonio

g / nazi who had his first full season

in 2019 but also had a couple of starts

with salver in 2017 gets a rating of 47

a real rating for him should therefore

be just north of the 52 for the 2019

rookies Leclerc has a boost to 56 for

his two seasons putting him ahead of

esteban Okan with two-and-a-half seasons

of experience this is fair given

O'Connor's coming back after a year out

and the clerk's experience as a winner

with Ferrari probably the most out of

wack driver in this area is Pierre Gaz

Lee he has started 47 Grand Prix

including a spell in a top team it has a

rating of 53 just one higher than the

2019 rookies given Lance stroll with

three full seasons is rated 57 and the

one season drivers just 52 to reflect

the real world experience the ratings in

this area should perhaps be a little

more spread out

a Racecraft figure would ideally apply

to a driver's all-round game in its

hackin defense and all of the other

factors that go into managing a race

however

Codemasters sets at this specifically

boost to drivers capacity to unleash

more overtakes best is worse tapping

with a rating of 90 for one better than

that of Hamilton with Leclerc at 92

putting the staff and then Hamilton at

the top is inarguable much as you might

quibble about the odd points in favor of

one or the other probably the strongest

quartet of drivers on race craft are all

ranked in the top five with Sergio Perez

91 and Daniel Ricciardo 90 fourth and

fifth best among that group Leclerc

rating of 92 is perhaps slightly

generous given he's still improving in

this area last year in Singapore for

example he lost 53 seconds to Sebastian

Vettel while the two Ferrari drivers

were clearing the yet to stop

midfielders after their pit stops and he

still has a few rough edges to round off

the race craft writing gets muddier as

you work your way down

Vettel's capacity for mishaps over the

past couple of seasons means 89 is high

while it's premature for Aachen to be

rated at 90 along with vulture he bought

us you can make a case for them all

being ranked below Carlos sights junior

ranked 10th on race craft on 88

räikkönen's 84 is also low he doesn't

have the edge of pace he once had and

there are times when he struggles to

force the issue in battle and pull off a

pass but he executes races well and

should be rated higher on this aspect of

his game but with most of the field

ranks from 94 down to Kevin Magnussen 79

there are not huge differences between

the drivers Russell's 73 is harsh but

reflects the fact he hasn't been able to

showcase his race craft in a season off

the back of the pack with Williams

this could be taken to mean awareness of

track position relative to rivals with

Codemasters saying a higher score here

will mean the driver is less likely to

lose control of their car when the going

gets tough it seems fair to call this a

blunder assess rating unsurprisingly the

drivers who rightly or wrongly have a

reputation for mishaps struggle in this

category Haas pairing Romain Grosjean 77

and Magnussen 73 along with Alfa Terry's

Daniel Viet 74 who ranked in the lower

reaches crow Jones occasional capacity

for mishaps means he can't feel too hard

done by but it seems odd that he's rated

higher than Magnussen the Dane has no

lack of scrapes but that tends to be

driven by belligerents rather than

outright mistakes and he's never had the

kind of run of blunders grow John has

occasionally been struck by on the

evidence of the past two seasons it

would be fair to rank Vettel 81 in the

mid 70s as he's had so many errors and

mistakes although Albin 78 is arguably a

fair reflection of the fact he crashed a

little too often last year oddly Bottas

comes out top on this with the highest

individual rating of any driver in any

category with 99 this is four better

than Hamilton who clashed with Alberta

Interlagos last year aside it's usually

unimpeachable on that score in the

matchup of the top guns for Stefan

losses out in this area with 84 which is

harsh but perhaps reflects the fact he

still has the odd mistake in him because

he occasionally doesn't play the

percentages this is the simplest of all

the writings speed Codemasters

specifically states that the higher the

pay score the more rapid a driver will

be throughout the race but we can also

take this to factor in qualifying pace

Hamilton for Stephanie rated as fastest

level on 96 that's fair

although Vettel's 94 one ahead of

Leclerc is perhaps influenced more by

historic success as at best based on

last season they should be level those

four are part of an elite group of six

drivers rated 90 or more completed by

POTUS 91 and Ricardo 90 with a four

point gap separating them from a very

congested group of 13 drivers from

Perez's 86 down to given at C 79 how you

judge this order depends on how much you

want to factor in qualifying pace on

race speed parish should surely be

higher although his qualifying pace is

less spectacular grow John at 83 also

stands out on his day he's capable of

being as fast as anyone and he could

justifiably be rated among the group of

drivers in the 90s while Alban similar

rating seems low although is influenced

by the sizable gap to Verstappen

in the second half of last season but

perhaps the most hard done by in this

group with the 3 rate at 80 gas elite

Norris and Russell Cassie outperformed

caveat on pace in the second half of

last season yet his rated 5 worse off

than his teammates which partly reflects

his struggles against Verstappen gas Lee

is capable of being seriously fast he

just struggled to work with a car when a

redbull Norris – showed prodigious pace

last year and his underlying speed is

worth more than 80 while Russell's

isolated twenty20 season again means he

hasn't had the chance to push his rating

up to a more representative number poor

old Kevin as he also takes a beating

here on 79 given his underlying pace was

very similar and often better to

räikkönen last year being four points

behind his teammate is harsh räikkönen's

outright pace after all is now the

weakest part of his game

the overall rating reflects the place of

the 20 drivers in the grand scheme of

things in f1 Hamilton is on top with a

rating of 94 the gaps are 90 rated for

staff and is a little big while it

reflects the fact Hamilton is one of the

greatest drivers of all time with six

world titles to his name most believe

the Red Bull driver could give him a run

for his money

in a straight title fight bata should

also have a slightly lower rating under

staffing given it places him on equal

footing as the second best driver in the

game while bought us is a superb

performer he doesn't quite have that

edge that the Red Bull driver has but

his second place in the 2019

championship perhaps explains this

rating Vettel and Riccardo complete the

top five although it is astonishing to

see räikkönen coming out six and at 87

one mark ahead of LeClair while the

clerk's relative inexperience means he

can justifiably be rated lower than

Vettel although based on the last year

he should probably be ranked the same or

better my canons rating feels more 2013

than 2020 what is accurate about the

ratings is that there is a relatively

tight spread of numbers ignoring the TV

the rest are covered by 21 points from

Hamilton down to Javon at sea the audio

is not perfect by any means but of

course it's not meant to be there are

drivers lumbered with lesser cars who

suffer while the less experienced racers

can feel hard done by but by definition

they all have a bigger upside to come

with just four criteria to evaluate in a

strictly data-driven system of

calculation the codemasters ratings will

always be limited if you take them too

seriously what really matters is that

they make playing f1 2020 a better

experience which they surely will

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