In the round-up: The company behind the official Formula 1 game series has been taken over by Electronic Arts.

Codemasters purchased by Electronic Arts

EA has spent $1.2 billion (£860 million) to acquire Codemasters, which has held the rights to the official Formula 1 game since 2009.

The deal puts the F1 game franchise in the same hands as the company which produces official titles for FIFA (football), NFL (American football), NHL (ice hockey) and others. Codemasters is contracted to produce the official F1 game until 2025, with a further two-year option.

“We’re thrilled by this new opportunity to bring you even more racing games, more often,” said EA in a statement. “The union also unlocks the potential for us to create new innovative ways to interact with each other and enjoy our passion for racing games together.”

Historic Monaco Grand Prix entry list

Pastor Maldonado will compete in the Historic Monaco Grand Prix at the wheel of a pre-war Maserati.

Maldonado, who received a lengthy ban after his involvement in a serious crash during a Formula Renault 3.5 race at Monte-Carlo in 2005, is among those on the entry list for the 12th running of the Historic Monaco Grand Prix in April.

The 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner, who left F1 five years ago, will drive a 1937 Maserati 4CM in the A Series class.

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On this day in F1

  • 15 years ago today Rubens Barrichello hinted at Ferrari’s potential for the upcoming season by breaking the Mugello track record in testing with a lap of 1’22.139 in his F2001. For comparison, last year’s pole position time was around seven seconds quicker.

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