In the build up to this weekends Austrian Grand Prix, Codemasters have taken the opportunity to showcase a lap of the Red Bull Ring circuit using the yet to be released F1 2016 game. With a rather lacklustre F1 2015 entry into the series now firmly behind Codemasters, the team have put much effort into addressing some of the key concerns from fans as they attempt to bring the game back up to the levels of popularity once enjoyed by the franchise. F1 2016 will feature a new, comprehensive, single player career mode curiously missing for the 2015 edition, and welcomes back both the virtual safety car and the Bernd Maylander piloted Mercedes Benz GT S seen so often in recent years. With Codemasters now in their second year using the new Ego game engine for their Formula One releases, fans should expect a more visually polished product. Crucially the game needs to have far better optimisation than was previously possible with F1 2015 in order to not leave fans dis-chanted with a title suffering from game braking low FPS, an issue that plagued the release of the 2015 version of the game. The newly returned career mode will be expanded to a fully playable 10 seasons including a raft of car upgrades. Thee can be accessed by performing a number of testing duties for your current team in order to unlock R&D enhancements and new parts for your team. Many new interactive cut scenes and hospitality areas have been added to the single player experience as well, no doubt in an attempt to liven up the often bland feel of the previous coupe of releases. We are yet to find out if F1 2016 is a noticeable step closer to the more serious racing simulations available in todays marketplace, however the recent preview images and words from the studio suggest it will at least be a step in the right direction from the less than well received recent F1 releases from the studio. The full on board lap with Daniel Riccardo at Austria's Red Bull Ring can be viewed below: F1 2016 is due for release on PC, Playstation 4 & Xbox One later this summer. Check out the RaceDepartment F1 series forum for events, news, discussions and mods for all the Codemasters F1 games. Looking forward to F1 2016? Do you think it will be a step in the right direction? What do you think of the immersive single player career proposed? Benefit or just gimmick? Let us know in the comments section below!