As far as F-1 Spirit goes; well, it's not Night Driver and it's certainly not Gran Turismo 5... it's more like Thrash Rally for the Neo-Geo. F-1 Spirit: The Way to Formula-1 is one of Konami's late 80's racers that was released only on the MSX. The game is presented in a top-down perspective. Your car is located in the lower center of the screen and as you steer, the world rotates around you. This was a fairly standard presentation style for racers back in the day, but it does take some getting used to.
This remake was created by Brain Games as part of a RetroRemakes coding competition. Considering they only had three months to create the game, I think they did a bang up job. Controls work fairly well as far as the keyboard goes. The game does contain an option to use gamepads but I wasn't able to get it to work... your millage may vary (damn these puns).
If you were a fan of early top-down perspective racers, be sure to give this one a try.