4 Tracks That Automobilista 2's F1 Seasons Need Most

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Automobilista 2 is the best bet for Formula One fans who want to recreate races from history without car or track mods: The content in the sim spans several decades for both vehicles and tracks, but no season is complete - so we were wondering which three tracks would benefit the most seasons' calendars in the sim.

Not all F1 seasons represented in AMS2 are obviously covering one specific year, but regardless of year, there are no less than 14 different F1 classes in the sim, spanning from the mid-1960s to modern day Grand Prix machinery. For an overview of what belongs where, check out our Ultimate F1 Season Guide for Automobilista 2.

Most seasons have at least half of their circuits of their calendars accurately represented in the sim, especially if you count those tracks that may not be accurate to how they were raced back then, but are still close - Monaco comes to mind, as there is only a modern-day representation (called Azure Circuit) in AMS2.

With so many seasons being available, we looked at which tracks would make the most sense to add to the sim if Reiza Studios wanted to expand the calendars of as many years of F1 as possible. Here are the top four.

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4th: Zandvoort​

Seasons: 6 (1966/1967 - F-Vintage Gen 1, 1969/1970 - F-Vintage Gen 2, 1974 - F-Retro Gen 1, 1978 - F-Retro Gen 2, 1983 - F-Retro Gen 3, 2022 - F-Ultimate Gen 2)

Zandvoort was part of the very first F1 World Championship in 1950 and hosted the series until 1985 with the exceptions of 1954, 1956-1957, and 1972. It has returned to the calendar in 2021.

The Dutch circuit has been transformed from a high-speed course passing through the dunes to a slower, but safer version after F1 had initially left in 1985. In addition to the modern version, multiple vintage versions would be needed to accurately portray each classic season as chicanes have been added at Bos In and Hondenvlak. A circa-1973 version would likely make the most sense, as the next significant change was only introduced in 1979.

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3rd: Paul Ricard​

Seasons: 7 (1978 - F-Retro Gen 2, 1983 - F-Retro Gen 3, 1986 - F-Classic Gen 1, 1988 F-Classic Gen 2, 1990 - F-Classic Gen 3, 2019 - F-Ultimate 2019, 2022 - F-Ultimate Gen 2)

Paul Ricard first appeared in 1971, then alternated with Charade, then Dijon until 1984 with the exception of 1975 and 1976, when it hosted the French Grand Prix in back-to-back years. From 1985 to 1990, Le Castellet was the exclusive home of the race until Magny-Cours took over. The track returned in 2018, but is absent from the 2023 season.

The track has not seen major layout alterations throughout the years, save for a short version being used from 1986 to 1990 after Elio de Angelis' fatal testing crash. Its surroundings have been altered significantly, though, with the track now featuring generous tarmac runoff areas, so a historic version would still be a good call due to its different nature - going off the track in the 1980s had much different consequences in the 1970s and 1980s.


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2nd: Hermanos Rodriguez - Mexico City​

Seasons: 8 (1966/1967 - F-Vintage Gen 1, 1969/1970 - F-Vintage Gen 2, 1986 - F-Classic Gen 1, 1988 - F-Classic Gen 2, 1990 - F-Classic Gen 3, 1991 - F-Classic Gen 4, 2019 - F-Ultimate 2019, 2022 - F-Ultimate Gen 2

The Mexican Grand Prix has only ever had one home, and it was originally called Magdalena Mixhuca - from 1963 to 1970, the circuit in Mexico City was a staple on the F1 schedule. Financial issues and the death of Mexican start Pedro Rodríguez meant the event took a break until 1986, when F1 returned to a revised circuit now called Hermanos Rodríguez after Pedro and his brother Ricardo, who had died in 1962, also while racing.

The revised circuit held the race until 1992 and was famous for its fearsome final turn called Peraltada, which is now mostly bypassed via the section passing through the stadium on the inside of the corner at the modern track. The Mexican Grand Prix made another return in 2015 with a yet-again upgraded track that still somewhat resembles the classic layout, but is significantly different.

Next to the modern version, the layout used for the track's 1980's return would make the most sense for AMS2, as it would cover the 1986, 1988, 1990 and 1991 seasons.

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1st: Hungaroring​

Seasons: 10 (1986 - F-Classic Gen 1, 1988 - F-Classic Gen 2, 1990 - F-Classic Gen 3, 1991 F-Classic Gen 4, 1995 - F-V12, 1997 - F-V10 Gen 1, 2001 - F-V10 Gen 2, 2011/2012 - F-Reiza, 2019 - F-Ultimate 2019, 2022 - F-Ultimate Gen 2)

It may be hard to believe, but the Hungaroring has hosted the Hungarian Grand Prix 39 times as of 2023 - it all started in 1986 when Europe was still split by the Iron Curtain. Since then, the track has seen a few modifications, most notably the elimination of the chicane at what is now Turn 3 (which was not supposed to be there in the first place, but an underground spring uncovered during construction required its temporary addition), Turn 1 which is now tighter, and Turn 12.

While most likely not a popular choice within the community, the track would fit on the calendars of ten AMS2 F1 seasons. The modern version would cover three classes as it was last changed in 2003, and a 1989-2002 version (sans the Turn 3 chicane) would cover even more. Since said Turn 3 chicane was the only notable difference of the original version, it would be easy to include this as an alternate layout as well.

Your Thoughts​

Are you surprised by the ranking of circuits? Which track from F1 history would you like to see in AMS2 the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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Glad with the focus on classic Mexico City circuit version. Enjoyed it alot in AC mods but especially racing GTR2 PnG's at the excellent '67 Grand Prix mod work.

A 1966 Magdalena Mixhuca Grand Prix circuit would be heartly welcomed here.

And fully inline with addition of a late sixties Sandevoerde - would be a blast.

Not mentioned, just sticking within scope of 'F1' heritage:
Classic 8K Charade.
Personally was lucky to visit the track a few months before it was discontinued for racing series purposes for good. Apart for some nostalgic visits now and then as here for instance:

Ofcourse with addition of the roundabout not possible for 1:1 experience, apart from the modern nature of road surface not exactly reflecting the hard challenges back in the day going full gas, settled behind the wheel in tiny tin foils armed with engine power not exactly reflecting that.
Until then I'm fully enjoyed racing the AC, rF1 and GTR2 mods of this layout.

Another, maybe not so popular bid is on Belgian soils - in the transition years between old Spa and Zolder: Circuit Nivelles-Baulers - as rF1 track mod workers so respectfully entitled "Unforgotten Nivelles". In prime GTR2 mod years I've had tons of hours of fun in several classes on this track. So a 74' Nivelles would be very nice, too!

Still sticking to F1 and available AMS2 series also the 1970 Circuit Mont-Tremblant would be extremely nice racing authentically.
My personal first sim experiences with this track, however, now long ago were not so good. Couldn't get the right racing flow. But remember a day almost 10 years ago just driving (i.e. near 'cruising') the track while having other every day things on my mind, suddenly I felt 'in the Zone' getting at speed and really felt the flow coming. So racing the AMS2 series reflecting that season I would just love!

Now, have to mention a track raced as a part of the F1 show, but none of the AMS2 series (as I reckon?) reflecting the season:
The 1972 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport.
A 1972 Mosport and an addition of a 1972 F1 series is surely missing in action. Plenty of elephants in the room here!

Should I get back on track again, speaking the 1950ies Grand Prix years, at least one classic F1 season is severely missed:
  • 1957 F1 Grand Prix season
The year with Juan-Manuel Fangio's historical display in his Maserati 250F, breaking grounds showing what was possible with highest driving skills at Nürburgring.

This season opens for the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit. Of which the splendid ProjectCars Modding Team already have made available for AMS2 with the two PC1+2 classic layout.

And the Liverpool visit at Aintree. Racing the motorsports track layout seems on paper 'dull' but I've had just so much quality sim time by AC racing the cars actually racing the circuit. So stimulating.

And speaking the '57 season you automatically get greedy: 1957 Pescara Grand Prix circuit

Luckily Reiza already have gifted us with several layouts of Buenos Aires circuit. But an in-depth work of the 1957 Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, i.e. precise authentical modelling of track surface, tarmac, pits and sourroundings, besides exact historic weather simulation would be an instant blast. Especially if work effort is made for the work of a 1957 F1 season car pack (full grids for every venue, ofcourse).

Now speaking historic eras, we've had quite some non-championship events.
If I should pick a single here: The 1966 Longford event.

And now we're at it, now leaving the pure F1 POV for a while: For years I've been in hunger for this track:
The open road historic version of Watkins Glen
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I.e. before the introduction of the closed circuit version).
AFAIR never used by F1 circus, but I know the SCCA series used it alot.

*edit, getting further off-topic*
And since I used the word "greedy" before and now fully into the gravel related to the topic, a wish to the genie:
Full 1971 WSC series with full track list of this very season. You do the math ;)
(Pardon in advance for the off-topic blabbing but can't help who I am, being a life long track hunter, taking the liberty of getting through with silent wishes I have - now the above was just an example of a burning wish, i'll save the readers of this thread for my full wish list as far as historic motorsports tracks goes :D)

Simracing have so many opportunities to preserve motorsports history in a very pleasant way and as a classic petrol head I'm delighted Reiza taking a look on that part :inlove:
 
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Why would anyone like to race at Paul Richard if you can do the same at great tracks like Charade or Montjuic Park? :p Zandvoort and Hermanoz Rodriguez (the old one) are kind of the only tracks from that list that are fun tracks. Also why not keep expanding the niche and offer mid 90s version of the Nurburgring, Suzuka, Monaco or Barcelona with higher curbs and appropriate advertizing. This is the kind of stuff that AMS2 does very well and seeing the bugfest that the offroad stuff is I don't understand why they don't focus more on the stuff that they do very well.
 
Why would anyone like to race at Paul Richard if you can do the same at great tracks like Charade or Montjuic Park? :p Zandvoort and Hermanoz Rodriguez (the old one) are kind of the only tracks from that list that are fun tracks. Also why not keep expanding the niche and offer mid 90s version of the Nurburgring, Suzuka, Monaco or Barcelona with higher curbs and appropriate advertizing. This is the kind of stuff that AMS2 does very well and seeing the bugfest that the offroad stuff is I don't understand why they don't focus more on the stuff that they do very well.
Well, I can follow you to some extent regarding Paul Richard in direct comparison to other more exciting tracks.

However, I've been fully enjoyed GTR2 racing a 1985 Paul Richard F1 layout track mod with a blast of a full grid F1 1985 season pack mod.

Why?

Because racing a full GP distance was almost an impossible task racing those very fragile early gen Turbo engines and always a compromise between pure racing and nursing, just to get the car to the checkered flag.
The Mistral Straight really took its toll under those circumstances, even with as much fresh air to the engine and gracious low levels of boost pressure and the like you could ever setup the single seater to with heavy garage work, besides short shifting and everything in the discipline of 'nursing', it was a pure victory just to get the car home, and near impossible with medium speed tracks not letting the engine possibilities to breathe - but just doable at Paul Richard, and such a joy when all coming together and even being competitive to the checkered flag, but after a racing distance just on the edge, being on a thin line, the driver doing the difference.

So, with 'right' car-track combo even Paul Richard can be heavily fuel of enjoyment.

And since I especially, speaking classic simracing, is keen to the extra dimension of balancing between pure racing and nursing just to get the car home, a challenge which can quickly become exhausting, adding fatigue in the body and mind, then it becomes in itself a really good and fun challenge, even on a seemingly more 'dull' track layout.
 
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A shot I took in 1983 of Senna, Rosberg, and Brundle. First time I had ever used a SRL camera. Shows.

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Great pic. The Toleman was crap, but it looked good. (You meant 1984, I guess.)

First year I saw F1 cars "in person" at the Canadian GP. Can you believe general admission was *free* on Friday? Back then you could walk right behind the pitlane and I came upon Alain Prost, walking in my direction, still in his racing suit. I was too star struck to say anything! A few minutes later, I saw Niki Lauda chatting with 2 guys. It was amazing for an 18 year old kid like me to see these living legends so up close.

And on track, there was a certain young driver named Senna who a few weeks before had almost won Monaco in a sh*tbox called Toleman...
 
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Glad with the focus on classic Mexico City circuit version. Enjoyed it alot in AC mods but especially racing GTR2 PnG's at the excellent '67 Grand Prix mod work.

A 1966 Magdalena Mixhuca Grand Prix circuit would be heartly welcomed here.

And fully inline with addition of a late sixties Sandevoerde - would be a blast.

Not mentioned, just sticking within scope of 'F1' heritage:
Classic 8K Charade.
Personally was lucky to visit the track a few months before it was discontinued for racing series purposes for good. Apart for some nostalgic visits now and then as here for instance:

Ofcourse with addition of the roundabout not possible for 1:1 experience, apart from the modern nature of road surface not exactly reflecting the hard challenges back in the day going full gas, settled behind the wheel in tiny tin foils armed with engine power not exactly reflecting that.
Until then I'm fully enjoyed racing the AC, rF1 and GTR2 mods of this layout.

Another, maybe not so popular bid is on Belgian soils - in the transition years between old Spa and Zolder: Circuit Nivelles-Baulers - as rF1 track mod workers so respectfully entitled "Unforgotten Nivelles". In prime GTR2 mod years I've had tons of hours of fun in several classes on this track. So a 74' Nivelles would be very nice, too!

Still sticking to F1 and available AMS2 series also the 1970 Circuit Mont-Tremblant would be extremely nice racing authentically.
My personal first sim experiences with this track, however, now long ago were not so good. Couldn't get the right racing flow. But remember a day almost 10 years ago just driving (i.e. near 'cruising') the track while having other every day things on my mind, suddenly I felt 'in the Zone' getting at speed and really felt the flow coming. So racing the AMS2 series reflecting that season I would just love!

Now, have to mention a track raced as a part of the F1 show, but none of the AMS2 series (as I reckon?) reflecting the season:
The 1972 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport.
A 1972 Mosport and an addition of a 1972 F1 series is surely missing in action. Plenty of elephants in the room here!

Should I get back on track again, speaking the 1950ies Grand Prix years, at least one classic F1 series is missing:
  • 1957 F1 Grand Prix season
The year with Juan-Manuel Fangio's historical display in his Maserati 250F, breaking grounds showing what was possible with highest driving skills at Nürburgring.

This season opens for the Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit. Of which the splendid ProjectCars Modding Team already have made available for AMS2 with the two PC1+2 classic layout.

And the Liverpool visit at Aintree. Racing the motorsports track layout seems on paper 'dull' but I've had just so much quality sim time by AC racing the cars actually racing the circuit. So stimulating.

And now we're at it, now leaving the pure F1 POV for a while: For years I've been in hunger for this track:
The open road historic version of Watkins Glen
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This looks like an insanely dangerous track and a really fun one for simracing!
 
Why would anyone like to race at Paul Richard if you can do the same at great tracks like Charade or Montjuic Park? :p Zandvoort and Hermanoz Rodriguez (the old one) are kind of the only tracks from that list that are fun tracks. Also why not keep expanding the niche and offer mid 90s version of the Nurburgring, Suzuka, Monaco or Barcelona with higher curbs and appropriate advertizing. This is the kind of stuff that AMS2 does very well and seeing the bugfest that the offroad stuff is I don't understand why they don't focus more on the stuff that they do very well.
You had me at "Why would anyone like to race at Paul Richard..."
 
Zandvoort! Best track in glorious “Grand Prix Legends” times…
Rollercoaster through the dunes!
I love Zandvoord, beautiful circuit, but it's not very hilly, excuse me... But maybe you're Dutch? Is it true that in the Netherlands there is not much leveling and that the banked turns of Zandvoord seem to you like roller coasters?
It's a joke, don't take it the wrong way.
 
I love Zandvoord, beautiful circuit, but it's not very hilly, excuse me... But maybe you're Dutch? Is it true that in the Netherlands there is not much leveling and that the banked turns of Zandvoord seem to you like roller coasters?
It's a joke, don't take it the wrong way.
Haha, no I’m not Dutch. In my country the hills are really hills… ;-)
But everything is a rollercoaster compared to Paul Ricard :roflmao:
Up and down the dunes with those banked corners was such a lot of fun in Grand Prix Legends…
 
Rallycross wise, I would like to see the Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard (NL). Next to it being my "home" RX track, it was the first permanent build rallycross track in the world. I have connections so probably i can arrange the license probably for free. I tried contact with the Reiza team, but no reaction I got so far :(
 

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