“Not Appropriate”- Charles Leclerc Dismisses Codemasters’ Driver Ratings in the F1 2020 Game

Published 06/14/2020, 2:24 AM EDT

Codemasters recently unveiled a driver rating system for the upcoming F1 2020 game. Suffice it to say, the rating system stirred up a storm, thanks to some questionable points. Fans were not impressed with the points given out for specific parameters to every driver. Charles Leclerc shared his thoughts on the new rating system and like the majority of the fans, was less than inspired.

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Charles Leclerc on the F1 driver ratings

For those unaware, the upcoming F1 2020 game features a rating system for F1 and F2 drivers on the current grid. Codemasters used 4 parameters to rank drivers, namely – Experience, Racecraft, Awareness, and Pace.

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As the name suggests, Experience is how long a driver’s been racing in F1. Naturally, Kimi Raikkonen takes top honors in this category with a high score of 98. The same applies to drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. At the same time, drivers such as Charles Leclerc and George Russell have a lower experience rating.

This was fairly straightforward and isn’t really up for debate. However, it’s the rating system in Racecraft, Awareness, and Pace, that many fans hated. Case in point, Valtteri Bottas.

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According to Codemasters, Bottas has much higher Racecraft and Awareness when compared to both Ferrari drivers. The Finn outscore a 4 times World Champion and arguably one of the fastest drivers on the grid by some margin in terms of Awareness.

Adding everything, Bottas has a higher rating overall than Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel. And fans were rightfully irate and took to social media to point out flaws and troll F1 for its controversial ranking system.

Charles Leclerc also joined in and gave his thoughts on the controversy. Speaking to his fans via Twitch, Leclerc said:

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“I saw some. For me, some are not appropriate, not very well rated. Like, I think George was very low and his quick. If you put him in the right car, he is as quick as the best”

Russell has a low rating of 75, only beating the likes of Antonio Giovinazzi and his teammate Nicholas Latifi. Latifi is yet to start a race in F1, which only raises more questions on the Codemasters ranking system.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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