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New F1 22 ratings see Leclerc fall behind Russell

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In the roundup: George Russell is ranked higher than Charles Leclerc in the latest patch of the official F1 racing game.

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Russell edges Leclerc in latest F1 22 driver ratings

Two months after the original driver ratings for F1 22 were revealed, the game makers have updated the values ​​for the 20 drivers. Among the notable changes in version 1.09, George Russell is now rated higher than Charles Leclerc while Max Verstappen has become the highest rated driver in the field.

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Developers Codemasters lowered Leclerc’s overall rating from 92 to 91, with a one-point reduction in his notoriety following his accident at the French Grand Prix and a three-point drop in his pace rating.

Russell moved up two in his rating to 92 overall, which puts him third among the drivers in the field behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, who is now rated at 95 overall.

The latest F1 Patch 22 includes fixes for an automatic gearbox issue that was introduced in a previous patch and a fix for excessively cold tire temperatures for players skipping the formation lap. F1 22 will also officially launch the cross-play feature – allowing players to compete against each other across different platforms – later this week.

Ecclestone pleads not guilty in UK fraud case

Former FOM leader Bernie Ecclestone has declared himself not guilty in a Westminster Magistrates’ Court on charges of fraud following an investigation by the UK government’s tax office, the Guardian reports.

Ecclestone is accused of failing to declare a trust in Singapore worth £549m between 2013 and 2016, when he was still head of Formula 1 management. He was released on bail. unconditional bail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 19.

Zendeli replaces banned Caldwell

Campos Racing has confirmed that Lirim Zendeli will replace Oliver Caldwell for the Formula 2 round at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend.

Caldwell was banned from taking part in this weekend’s event after racking up 12 penalty points on his license over the first ten rounds of the championship. He will be replaced by 22-year-old German driver Zendeli, who competed in the F2 championship last year, before Caldwell returns the following weekend to Zandvoort.

“I’m very excited and happy to be driving a Formula 2 again,” said Zendeli. “It’s now been a year since my last time in F2 and I’m looking forward to the experience.”

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On this day in motorsport

  • 35 years ago to the day, Didier Pironi died in a motorboat accident with crew members Bernard Giroux and Jean-Claude Guenard. Pironi’s F1 career ended five years early after suffering serious leg injuries in an accident at the Hockenheimring.

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