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Formula 1 Championship Edition (PlayStation)

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Title Screen

Formula 1 Championship Edition

Also known as: Formula 1 '97 (JP, EU)
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publishers: Psygnosis (US, EU), SCEI (JP)
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: January 15, 1998
Released in US: September 30, 1997
Released in EU: September 26, 1997

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

To do:
  • Title screen, Unused Arcade Commentator examples
  • Differences between PAL 1.0 and 1.1 - SCES-00859 is original 1.0, SCES-00859# and Platinums should be 1.1 - # sign can be seen on the outer edge of the disc
  • A proto build has surfaced as part of Project Deluge, document it.
  • The Japanese version has a bonus music track, "Truth 1997" by T-Square.

Formula 1 Championship Edition is the sequel to the massively popular original, with better crashes!

The North American title is not to be confused with the similarly named PlayStation 3 game that was effectively an HD port of F1 06 to that system.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Unused Graphics

It should be noted that some of these graphics are used in the prototype build.


Early menu screen.


Possibly a menu screen background. Note the clearly visible tobacco sponsorship on the Ferrari and the Williams.


Unused loading screen. Note the lack of Arcade or Grand Prix designation.


Another unused loading screen, Marlboro sponsorship clearly visible.


Early version of the Grand Prix Split Screen loading screen. In the final version, the overlays are different, the top of the McLaren has been cropped out, and the Mild Seven sponsorship on the Benetton has been censored.


Psygnosis loading screen.

Leftovers from original Formula 1


The summary screens from the demo version of the original Formula 1 game are also included on the Formula 1 '97 disc, although they are of course never seen.


The loading screen from the original Formula 1 remains on the Formula 1 '97 disc.


The menu screen background from Formula 1 also remains.

Odd Pictures



The two images above are on the disc for reasons unknown!

Commentary for Removed Drivers

Commentary for Ricardo Rosset, whose Lola Ford team folded after the 1st race of the 1997 season and was not included in the game.

Commentary for Rosset's teammate Vincenzo Sospiri.

Commentary referring to the Lola Ford team.

Some commentary for Jacques Villeneuve is on the disc.

The video shown at this link reveals that at one point in development, all 3 drivers (and the Lola team, using the McLaren model as a placeholder) were in the game. Rosset and Sospiri were removed, while Villeneuve was changed to Driverone Williams for licensing reasons not resolved until 1999 season.

Curiously, all these are mentioned explicitly in the European instruction manual, although the Lola does not have a car render in it. Villeneuve was removed from the Nordic version of the manual, however.