In the graphics field, EA Sports follows the tradition of their Madden, NCAA and NHL series' by offering the absolute best. F1 2001's graphics shine in all departments. First, the cars look fantastic. All of them are officially licensed and are perfectly emulated to mimic their real life counterparts. Every paint job is precise down to the pinstripe, and every sticker is there. All of the details of the cars are in place, but most noteworthy are the wheels which have working brake discs and complex suspension systems. Also all of the metal parts shine and reflect anything that happens to be overhead, be it trees, clouds, birds or flags. Other than the cars, the courses and pit crews also show off the PS2's power. All of the courses are modeled like the cars - after the real life things, and they look great. I've been to Indianapolis, and when I saw it in the game, other than the fact that it was moving at 180 mph, it looked just like I remember it. Unlike Formula One 2001 from 989 Studios, F1 2001 features a full working pit crew. I'm not sure, but I think that the pit crew models are the same ones that are used in Madden, which is to say that they look great, and they are animated fluidly. Also adding to the realism of the game are all of the little special effects that really make F1 2001 stand out. It's especially impressive to see the smoke roll off the tires of 22 cars at the starting line as they try to get the holeshot. You'll also notice other little details like grass and dirt in the tread of the tires, and motion blur when you hit a bumble strip.
One of the trademarks of Formula 1 racing is the high pitch whining of the car's engine, and that's just what you'll find in F1 2001. All of the sounds are there, and they are great. Car shifting, skids, crowd noise and even the pit crew's tools and everything else you would expect are fantastic. While you won't find music during the races, (and you shouldn't) what you will find is terrific headset chatter. Having your pit crew talk to you works a lot better than having a race commentator, because they can give you real time updates of what's happening. It's common to hear who is in the lead, where there have been crashes, and what the weather will be like in the next few laps.