The first in this series of Formula 1 simulators was released by Microprose on the PC, Amiga and Atari ST in 1992.
The first game in the series used fake names for teams and drivers, but subsequent games were produced under an FIA licence which allowed real names to be used.
The series was characterised by a high degree of realism with the ability for the player to adjust detailed car settings. Difficulty level was adjusted by enabling or disabling 'driver aids' such as Automatic Gears, Automatic Brakes, and even Steering Help.
The series also included an innovative hotseat multiplayer system where each player took turns driving their car for portions of the game. At intervals, the game would ask the players to switch over. The car of the non-active player was controlled by the computer.