At some point later this afternoon in Abu Dhabi, history will be made. Whether Lewis Hamilton clinches his eighth title and pulls clear of the record seven crowns claimed by Michael Schumacher or Max Verstappen takes his first remains to be seen, but whatever the result we’re about to witness the end of an era. With a new ruleset designed to bunch the pack up and slow them down – temporarily, at least – we’re about to say farewell to the fastest racing cars to have ever graced the planet.
So it’s somewhat timely we’ve just received what I’m certain is the most advanced F1 sim commercially available, thanks to the partnership between iRacing and the Mercedes AMG Team that saw the W12 E arrive to the service earlier this week. I can’t pretend to have much by way of first-hand experience of this most muscular iteration of the hybrid era, but I’ve been lucky enough to be trackside a few times and this certainly brings the supernatural speed and performance of the fastest F1 cars ever to life more vividly than any other title.