Valtteri Bottas better than Fernando Alonso and at the level of Ayrton Senna? In ‘F1 2021’, the Formula 1 video game, it is possible

Codemasters ‘F1 2021’ is right around the corner. Next week will occur the launch of the Formula 1 video game for this season 2021, but as an advance they have already released the assessment of the pilots. It has not left anyone indifferent, especially for the curious case of Valtteri Bottas.

Based on the ‘F1 2021’ scores, Bottas is the third best driver in Formula 1, behind only Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, although really close to them. The most curious thing is the comparison against historical pilots who also appear in the game: Bottas is ahead of almost everyone.

Schumacher and Senna, worse than Hamilton and Verstappen according to Codemasters

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To determine the virtual performance of each pilot Codemasters has been based on four parameters: experience, which is determined by the number of races contested by each pilot, skill, based on positions gained and lost, reflexes and rhythm, which is based on how close each driver is to the fastest lap in the race.

Well, it seems that they will have to fine-tune the parameters quite a bit, because the results have been surprising. Hamilton and Verstappen are tied for the lead with an average of 95 points each, but Bottas is third with 92. Fourth appears Lando Norris with 91 and in fifth position are tied Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly with 90.

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It is striking, for example, that two multiple champions like Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso appear with an average of 89. We might think that youth prevails, but this is not the case when we see Charles Leclerc with 88 and Carlos Sainz with 87. The Ferrari couple, who have solidly beaten their teammates in the last two seasons, come out badly in front of them .

According to Codemasters, the worst drivers on the grid are Nikita Mazepin with 69 and Nicholas Latifi with 71. Between Kimi Raikkonen, with 87, and Antonio Giovinazzi, with 79, they open a huge difference despite the fact that they have a fairly similar performance since they share team at Alfa Romeo. That Sergio Pérez, with 87, is ahead of Bottas in the World Cup does not seem to matter too much.

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When classic drivers come into play, comparisons get completely out of hand. Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna, the best two, appear with an average of 94, that is, worse than Hamilton and Verstappen and just two points above Bottas. According to ‘F1 2021′, the Finn is closer to Senna’s performance than Alonso’s to Bottas’.

Alain Prost appears with 93 points, while two champions like Jenson Button or Nico Rosberg come out with 90 and 89 respectively, that is, equal to or worse than Gasly. It is only a video game, but the peculiar valuations of ‘F1 2021’ are generating a lot of buzz on the networks. We’ll see if they improve the algorithm by 2022.

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