You guys need to turn the AI difficulty up! It’s way more rewarding to struggle to 15th than win nearly every race for one of the new teams.
Just finished my first season with HRT. I’m on Xbox, gamepad and play with med traction control, 50% races and legendary AI.
Started pretty slowly, but after 3 or 4 races I was on the pace and had found my preferred set up (I only really varied the aero and gear ratios after that, except for the extreme tracks and wet sessions). Managed to qualify in front of the other slow cars except on a few tracks, but was quite far back from the next team (Williams, who I’ve signed for next season!).
Races are usually a different story as I’ve found it really hard to keep my pace consistent. I try not to banzai the first lap, tempting though it is, and usually I find myself racing with the rest of the slow cars throughout the race. There’s only been a couple of races which I’ve found myself racing by myself, most of them I found myself under pressure for some or even all the race.
I have to admit I almost threw my controller out of the window a few times – the first in China, where I was on my way to (at the time) my personal best finish of 18th but managed to harpoon Heidfeld, who’d just lapped me, and got a 20 second time penalty to put me last.
The other two involved tyre strategies. One, at Monza, was just me getting greedy and trying to do one less stop than everyone else and falling off the cliff on the last couple of laps (again managing to go from 18th to last, this time thanks to a spin in between the Lesmos). The other was unfortunately because of one the numerous bugs in the game – I had to make an extra stop after the team fitted me with an already destroyed set at Singapore, which cost me a 14th place after a huge first lap tangle between most of the midfield cars :( I’ve tended to stick with the recommended pit stop strategies after these incidents and haven’t had any problems.
My best finish was 13th at South Korea, after a lot of retirements. I’ll take it though, as I gave me 18th place in the championship and otherwise I think I would have finished the season in 21st!
Really enjoyed the season overall, looking forward to getting started on the next one might hunt down a steering wheel in the January sales too.