Codemasters
, the company behind the racing simulator F1, has announced a new Championship Mode for the 2012 edition of the game. Champions Mode allows platers to take on Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, and Michael Schumacker in specific challenges.

The challenges are in the form of quick races and each champion has a unique scenario under which you compete with him. You must beat the driver to unlock the next challenge against the champions.

For example: If you choose to race Kimi Raikkonen, you are situated at Spa Francorchamps. You, the driver, have just pitted with a fresh set of tires. The rest of the pack is out on the track with worn rubber. You must get back out on the track, overtake the field, and beat Kimi in just three laps. Sounds easy right? They don't call it Campions Mode for nuthin'.

F1 2012 will debut at Gamescom, being held August 15 to 19 in Cologne, Germany. The game will launch over here on September 18, 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the PC.

The game will also feature the Hockenheim Circuit, which returns to the F1 schedule, as well as the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Click below to see the video of the game in action.