Recently, we had the pleasure of welcoming none other than Sahara Force India Formula One team’s Nico Hϋlkenberg to the Codemasters offices.
Nico stopped by to give F1 2012 a whirl and we gave him the VIP treatment by strapping him into this awesome triple-screened Vesaro modular simulation system, kindly provided by our friends at Vesaro.
After a quick warm up to familiarise himself with the kit, Nico then enjoyed what was technically his first ever drive on the brand new Circuit of the Americas, new home of the USA GRAND PRIX, which makes its debut in the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship™ on November 18th this year.
Unsurprisingly, Nico soon got to grips with the circuit and was flying around shaving valuable seconds off each lap. As he settled into his rhythm, soon he was knocking off those last few tenths of a second. Despite not being a hardcore gamer, Nico said that having a setup like this and the chance to hop on and put in some laps on a new track was certainly an attractive prospect!
Here's a snippet of "Satine-cam" video too:
After F1 2012, we took Nico to see F1 RACE STARS. Obviously we set him up to drive as himself (how cool is that?) then hit the start button. As soon as he saw his likeness on screen we snapped a photo:
Balloons exploding with confetti, enormous jumps and cars that transform into flying bottles isn’t what Nico normally sees when he’s behind the wheel, so his usual race strategy had to be altered somewhat to take on our in-house Codies champ. A fierce battle was fought literally right up to the finish line when unbelievably it was a dead heat!
SFI TV was also filming on the day for one of their upcoming shows to be broadcast in the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
We can also give you the exclusive news that there will be a major contest coming up in November, based on something Nico did whilst he was here! We’ll reveal more soon, but in the meantime you can check out the official Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s website at www.forceindiaf1.com/.
If you like the look of the Vesaro simulator that Nico tried out, you can gorge yourself on all the details about these amazing machines over at the Vesaro website at www.vesaro.com.