Silverstone to the Max

Silverstone to the Max

With the lack of testing, there's only one way to get fully ready for a grand prix – head to a simulator. AUTOSPORT's sister magazine F1 Racing joined Marussia's Max Chilton during preparation for his first British GP

"This is the ultimate experience in motor sports simulation, the absolute challenge to nerves and reflexes. Experience the exhilaration and excitement of driving a high-performance car where your co-ordination will be tested to unbelievable limits."

Thus read the enthusiastic back-of-the-box blurb of the 1987 computer game Out Run, wherein you took the wheel of a Ferrari Testarossa – or, rather, something that vaguely looked like one. For while the author may have had high hopes for the accuracy of his prose, once you had completed the laborious process of loading the game via tape onto your Sinclair ZX Spectrum (a machine whose memory would barely contain a modern email), you'd struggle to correlate the blocky graphics and unresponsive gameplay with the high-flown promise of the box art.

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