CRL Group PLC
1985
Sport: Management
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
None

52
Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Arcade addicts expecting all the thrills 'n' spills of the race track, read no further. This is a management game. You're in control of a Formula One racing car team for a complete season, with the aim of winning the championship.

Before the season starts you choose your sponsor who will generously dish out large dollops of cash to spend on the little necessities of life, like drivers and cars. The drivers are all listed according to their price tags, with the top notch names like Prost, Piquet and Lauda fetching fortunes of £150,000. Then you have to get your team in race trim which means splashing out more money on car engines and pit crew.

On the big day you just have to make the critical tyre choice according to the weather reports. There's no qualifying and you'll automatically be allotted a grid position. The race display shows a section of the track, a time board and the stands at the start and finish line. And then they're off. The bottom two lines of the screen take the role of Murray Walker and James Hunt offering the low-down on the race. At the end of the race your sponsor will lash out more lolly.

This isn't quite the pits, but you'd have to be a Formula One fanatic to find it fascinating for long. 2/5 MISS

Roger: A classic case of missing a creative gear makes sure that this game fails to get off my starting grid. 1/5 MISS

Dave: I found it tricky getting started but once I'd got the hang of it, I hung around for a lap or two. 2/5 HIT

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