Codemasters says that the possibility of historic or retro DLC for their F1 titles is something that they would like to do, but it isn’t coming for the 2012 release. When it happens, they want to include drivers, cars, and tracks of the past.
While players continue to tell the company that they want to race as Ayrton Senna or Nigel Mansell, from a licensing perspective it isn’t as easy as one might think to make it happen. With multiple additional license holders beyond the F1 rights that they own to develop, talks are still ongoing; there is currently no ETA on when this might happen, but talks with license holders are said to be ongoing.
The chance for a stand-alone Vintage F1 title is something that apparently isn’t on the Codemasters radar. It has been done (not very well), but it was previously done. A better value and way to go would be to build upon what we already have in F1 by offering a Retro/Historic DLC package; but don’t look for it to be cheap when it does finally arrive.
F1 2012 is slated for release in North America on September 18th with the European release slated for September 21st. A demo for F1 2012 is slated for release around September 14th, but that date isn’t set in stone.