All the Ferrari-engined cars have been downgraded in F1 2020
Trust me, it's all part of the Ferrari Master Plan...
We all know about how badly Ferrari has been performing in Formula 1 this year. I have no doubt that your social media has been flooded with sBinalla memes and lots of chat about the Ferrari Master Plan. Well, it seems that Codemasters has noticed Ferrari's lack of pace and has downgraded the performance of all the Ferrari-engined cars in the game! This comes in the latest patch for the game, the patch notes of which you can view here.
In case you don't want to wade through a whole load of patch notes, here's a little overview of what's happened. Codemasters has updated the performance of all the teams in the game "based on real-life performance". This has resulted in Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Haas's performance decreasing, whilst Racing Point has received a performance increase. In additionally timely updates, the Ferrari and Red Bull liveries have been updated, as have the designs of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas's helmets. There's also the usual gamut of gameplay-related updates to fix bugs and exploits.
Thankfully for everyone who is putting serious hours into My Team mode, the performance stats in that mode will remain unchanged. Codemasters decided to do this so that it wouldn't "unfairly upset the balance of the players’ experience." Good news for everyone who is hoping that their Ferrari-engined My Team car with our lord and saviour Mahaveer Raghunathan in the drivers' seat wouldn't take a serious dive in performance as a result of the updates!
Why has this happened in the first place? Well, Codemasters didn't have any real-world data from the teams to use when developing the game thanks to the effects of COVID-19. As a result, they had to predict how the teams would perform and, well, those predictions were proven to be a tad off! As a result, Codemasters have had to work on getting an update to reflect the performance of the teams in the game more accurately to how the teams are performing in real life. That's something that probably took a fair amount of late nights and overtime, especially difficult considering we're still very much in the grip of the pandemic that's swept across the world this year.
When WTF1 broke the story earlier, quite a few people pitched in talking about their experiences with racing after the new update. As you might have expected, some of their experiences were a bit too true to life in terms of how the current Formula 1 season is going:
Of course, there were also some good quality jokes and memes: