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EA SPORTS' F1 series roars onto the Xbox with 17 authentic tracks, 11 teams, and 22 drivers, including Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve, from the FIA 2001 Formula One World Championship. Modes of play include Quick Race, where players race to earn points needed to unlock new circuits; Challenge Mode, a series of four challenges designed to test a player's driving ability under a variety of conditions; Grand Prix Mode, where players embark on a full 17-race season, a single weekend, or fulfill specific objectives, such a placing first on every track or beating a series of teammates during the course of a grueling season.
Five multiplayer modes are also available: Split Screen, Time Challenge, Tag Team, Advantage, and Last Man Standing. Split Screen is a race against up to three players on one of the available circuits, while Time Challenge has up to 22 players alternating turns to determine who can drive the fastest lap. Tag Team supports two teams of up to four players as they take turns completing laps, and Advantage is a race to see how many laps (from one to five) can be won against an opponent. Last Man Standing removes the car in last place after each lap until only one is left. Up to four players can participate in this mode.
The racing action in F1 2001 can be customized in a number of ways. Assists are available to help adjust a vehicle's speed when approaching corners, improve traction, and prevent skidding during hard braking. An optional corner indicator warns players of approaching turns and their degree. Players can decide to have automatic pit stops, where the computer takes control of the car once it enters the pit line, or interactive pit stops, where the player controls the entrance and exit (tire changes, damage repair, and refueling are still automatic, however). Individual car adjustments in the areas of tires, aerodynamics, suspension, and gearbox are also available. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide