Formula One 2003 (video game)

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Formula One 2003
Formula One 2003
Cover art
Developer(s) SCE Studio Liverpool
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
  • EU: July 11, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Formula One 2003 is a video game based on the 2003 season of the Formula One world championship. It is the first of the Formula One video game series with an exclusive licence from Formula One Administration.[1] Developed by Sony Studio Liverpool and published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, it was released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 on 11 July 2003.[2]


The game features all ten teams and twenty drivers competing in the 2003 season (except for mid-season changes), as well as the sixteen circuits and Grands Prix that formed the championship calendar. The game also includes the new one-shot qualifying rules and points system introduced for the season, as well as the alterations to the Hungaroring and Suzuka circuits.[2]

There are eleven game modes available for single and multiplayer, including single player arcade and simulation single race, time trial and championship modes, multiplayer for up to 4 players and a non-interactive spectator option.[2] Online connectivity is not supported.[3]

The game features all the drivers and tracks from the 2003 season, but does not represent the replacement drivers that featured in the real F1 season, therefore Nicolas Kiesa, Zsolt Baumgartner, Marc Gené and Takuma Sato are not featured.


Formula One 2003 was announced in a press release from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on 16 June 2003 with a July release date.[1][4] The game was the first Formula One series to have an exclusive license from the Formula One Administration (FOA), which is responsible for the commercial rights and promotion of the Formula One world championship. The exclusive license granted Sony Computer Entertainment the sole rights to the Formula One series for four years.[1]


The game features 16 official Formula One circuits based on the 2003 Formula One season.


Similar to the FIFA series, Formula One 2003 has different cover art depending on region. David Coulthard's McLaren MP4-17D is used on the European/Global release.[5] Fernando Alonso's Renault R23B was used on the Spanish release.[6] The Ferrari F2003-GA is moved from the second car to the leading car for the Italian release.[7] The Sauber C22 is featured on the Swiss and Dutch releases.[8] Mark Webber's Jaguar R4 is used on the Australian edition.[9]


Formula One 2003 gained mixed to positive reviews upon release, holding an aggregate score of 67.20% on GameRankings.[10]

Kristian Reed of Eurogamer praised the controls and the graphics, stating "every track is packed with detail, down to the individual trackside adverts, yet there is never any hint of pop up or the kind of draw distance issues that have blighted just about every F1 game ever made."[11] He did however have reservations about the game's car damage and crash physics. He gave the game 8 out of 10.[11] Brodie Gibbons of Futuregamez also praised the graphics but criticised the sound and replay value, scoring the game 77%.[12] Writing in The Guardian, Jack Schofield noted that the game did not offer a large improvement over its predecessor outside the rule changes, but concluded that it "offers more than enough to keep casual gamers happy."[3]


  1. ^ a b c Calvert, Justin (16 June 2003). "Sony announces Formula One 2003". Gamespot. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Formula One 2003". Official Playstation website. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Schofield, Jack (12 August 2003). "Formula One 2003". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tom (17 June 2003). "Formula One 2003 due out in July". Eurogamer. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Formula one 2003 Box Shot for Playstation 2". Gamefaqs. July 11, 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Formula One 2003 Front Cover". neoseeker. July 11, 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Formula One 2003 (2003) Playstation 2 Box Cover Art". Moby Games. July 11, 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Formula One 2003 (2003) Playstation 2 Box Cover Art". Moby Games. July 11, 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "F1 2003 PS2 review". Impulse gamer. July 11, 2003. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Formula One 2003". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Reed, Kristian (9 July 2003). "Formula One 2003 Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Gibbons, Brodie (30 September 2004). "Formula One 2003 - Review". Futuregamez. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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