I've just spent an hour playing about with the PC sim 'Automobilista', which has, amongst other cars available, a modern F3 car and 1975/76 F1 cars (one model based on the Brabham BT44 and one licensed model of the Copersucar). The physics in Automobilista are generally regarded in the sim world as pretty accurate. I hotlapped round the modern Montreal circuit in the F3 and the Brabham, and I can lap around about two seconds a lap faster in the BT44 than the F3 car at the most. I reckon someone with a bit more talent behind the virtual wheel could probably lap with both cars a second or so faster, and reduce the gap between them as well. Both are hard to lap on the limit, but in different ways. The F3 car is all about using the downforce and late braking, and the BT44 is all about smooth corner exits (not my forte!) to maximise its speed advantage. As a comparison, I was touching 155mph before braking into the final chicane in the F3 car, and 175mph in the BT44 at the same point.
They were both fun to drive in the sim, but the BT44 was much more entertaining, and the DFV screaming toward 10,500 sounds a lot better than the F3's motor!
If you are into sim racing, I highly recommend Automobilista. There are GP cars based on the modern hybrid era, the 2.4L V8 era, the 3.0 V10 era, a mid 90's V12 Ferrari, the '88 McLaren MP4/4, and soon there will be a DFV V8 / V12 versions of late 60's GP cars available. There are also period versions of the original Kyalami, the Österreichring, Jacarepagua, and Interlagos we well as the full Buenos Aires circuits 12 and 15. Not to mention modern and classic Brazilian Stock Cars, V8 supercars, Karts, Stadium trucks and more!
Back on topic, I've had Motorsport on subscription only in it's modern era, since about '99. The only bit I usually skim read, or come back to last, is Andrew Frankel's road car reviews - I get the impression he has driven so many fast road cars (and sampled quick racing cars as well) that he has become blasé about anything other than hypercars, which the average to fairly wealthy reader will probably never experience. Maybe that's a trait amongst car journalists?
Edited by nmansellfan, 06 August 2016 - 16:18.