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Lando Norris

Norris delivers F1 23 video game verdict

The McLaren driver has cast his opinion on the new EA Sports game.

Norris Mc Laren Spanish GP 2023 Thursday
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Lando Norris has conceded the F1 23 video game remains "so far from" the real-life experience of racing in the sport.

The McLaren driver is more outward with his gaming than many on the F1 grid, with his Twitch streaming through lockdown leading to the formation of Quadrant.

F1's new game based on the 2023 season, released by EA Sports through Codemasters, hit consoles ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix with major reprofiling of the handling system following criticism last year.

But Norris, who took to the new Las Vegas street circuit in a preview last week, told media, including RacingNews365.com: "They are still very different, like an actual simulator to a game.

"Even the new game, it's honestly nothing like it, it's so far from it. The game is just so easy and nice, there are no bumps, kerbs you can just drive over.

"Generally, on the game, it is like five seconds quicker than we ever do on the track, which makes no sense."

Big differences

"I have not driven the new one that much, I just did Vegas on it the other day, which was cool," added Norris. "It is still getting there but you have games and you have actual simulation programmes.

"There's a big difference between these two. One is a game at the end of the day, it manages to make you happy and you are meant to enjoy it.

"It is not often you enjoy driving on the simulator because it's a very different experience, you are actually driving than just playing.

"I guess it is getting better little bits by little bits, but if you look at the programmes that are designed to be a simulation, like iRacing or RFactor, they're way better than the F1 game because it is a game, it is not designed to be exactly like F1, I think."

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