How’s your F1 2011 career going?
23rd September 2011, 16:17 at 4:17 pm #178687
Geoffrey M. Nificent – Virgin Racing
(Expert difficulty – no assists – pad – 20% distance)
Having played around for a bit on the Grand Prix practice sessions, I figured it was time to jump into Career for my first actual racing experience. I chose Virgin due to my close relationship with the team through the Collantine Cup and after a tricky Practice session went into Qualy without experience with the Options.
I stuck some sexy Softs on and the grip improvement was intense. Instantly put in a PB which put me 21st, 6 seconds behind Vettel in P1 and 0.8 seconds behind Trulli in 19th. So I came in, put some fresh new Options on, fiddled about with the set-up and put in an even better lap of 1:27.831, putting me P19 and the fastest of the newer teams. I was three seconds behind di Resta in P18, meaning I had no chance of going any better and so was ‘best of the rest’. That’s why this game is awesome. I put in my best lap so far and it only put me P19, just like it would in reality. Very satisfied with that.
About to have my very first race start on F1 2011. Going for Options first and Priming it out for the 2nd stint. Cannot wait to experience racing with DRS, knowing that I’m only likely to finish where I started. If there’s a Safety Car during this race, I think I might explode. Let’s see how I go!
Grand Prix Debut – Round 1: Australian Grand Prix
Woah. What a race.
Got a decent start and passed a Force India and a Toro Rosso into Turn 1, then a Williams into Turn 2, putting me P16. Decided to start the race on Primes instead and it turned out to be the right decision. End of Lap 1 Barrichello passed me and then disappeared into the distance while I held up Sutil and Buemi behind me. I was pushing as hard as I could and managed to hold Sutil off until the End of Lap 3, putting me into within DRS range of him. Heard a exciting little ‘bleep’ in my ear as I crossed the DRS detection point but Sutil peeled off into the pits so I was able to DRS down the straight with no one in front of me. The cars ahead of me were all pitting and I tried to push as hard as I could before my scheduled stop on Lap 7.
On Lap 6, disaster. I got a tankslapper in the middle of the fast chicane and spun, putting me behind Kovalainen and my teammate Glock. I decided to pit straight away and put on the Options. Immediately went 2 seconds a lap faster. I was worried about how long the Softs would last so I was going as fast and smooth as I possibly could, nursing the tyres as much as possible. I was down in 21st now and was resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to complete my objective of finishing P18. Then, Glock and Heikki ahead both pitted, putting me back into P18 once more. I knew the only chance I had to hold onto this position was to make these options last half a race distance, so I was praying that they would hold on for me. Eventually, I realised I was 3 laps from the end with the tyres slowly going away and with an 11 second lead over P19. With two laps to go, I was still in P18 but with a 7 second lead, but my tyres were holding on. I had 1 lap of fuel in reserve so at the start of the final lap I turned the fuel mixture up and prepared for a sprint to the line, but then as I entered Turn 1, Vettel crossed the line to take the victory – which could only mean that Heikki had been lapped and thus had no chance of passing me! My (personal) victory was assured! I turned the fuel mixture down to ‘Lean’ and cruised around the rest of the lap to finish in P18, cementing my position as best of the newer guys and achieving my team’s objective. Never has an 18th place finish been so satisfying! What a race. Can’t wait for Malaysia now!23rd September 2011, 16:21 at 4:21 pm #178688
Picking a copy (hopefully) of the game up after work this eve, so my career starts then. Reading about everyone elses whilst im working is major annoying!!23rd September 2011, 17:52 at 5:52 pm #178689
The handling is better, you can attack the kerbs harder and so on.. but for me it feels too “soft” to drive.. a bit floaty.
I really like the twitchy feeling you get from deploying the DRS.
Also I like seeing all the helicopters over the circuit23rd September 2011, 17:57 at 5:57 pm #178690
I started my career at Force India alongside Sutil.
Championship position: 8th
Points: 1723rd September 2011, 18:04 at 6:04 pm #178691
Just had a go on expert for my 1st season and got nailed! Was 6 seconds off the pace so shall go down a level and start again. Cant decide between manual or automatic gears. gamepad is very busy with gears, DRS and kers23rd September 2011, 18:27 at 6:27 pm #178692
42 points (2nd in the championship)
Difficulty: expert, with a few modifications.
I found the car really soft and bouncy in Melbourne, but when I got to China I figured that I should just go 11/11 DF and with some really hard suspension and big fat anti-roll bars. Worked wonders.
I must say I love that DF actually gives you more grip. In the 2010 version it gave you just a little more grip and a huge load of drag. So even at high downforce circuits I was driving around with a 3/1 DF level.
Also the start takes much more skill then before. In the 2010 version the fastest way off the line was just to floor it right from the start with huge wheel-spin. This time you have to deploy the throttle carefully and make sure you get the gear changes right and give it a load of KERS power down to the first corner. A really great feeling when you get it hooked up.
And I like the KERS a lot. I think it is good when you find yourself in the wrong gear out of a corner, you just push the KERS and it instantly picks up the revs.
Sadly I have yet to see the SC deployed. Next time out I am going to work on that : )23rd September 2011, 21:00 at 9:00 pm #178693
I had only been playing F1 2010 for a few days before starting with F1 2011, so I’m fairly inexperienced. PC, steering wheel, no assists (except for pitlane) and Legend difficulty for AI drivers. Started career with Virgin Racing, as I like it more starting career as a backmarker, and it’s also great that it doesn’t have KERS, as it allows me to focus on the driving more.
Had a crash in qualy which left me 24th on the grid, though I don’t think I’d be able to beat anyone anyway. Outbraked a few drivers into turn 3, I was around 18th but went off the track later in the lap which put me in 22th. I fought hard with Liuzzi and Kovalainen and managed to keep them behind for a long time.
I had started on primes so I was driving slowly and saving tyres, as I had a strategy that involved going on primes longer than they’re supposed to last. Spun a lap before the pit stop, which damaged my front wing which had to be changed. Then I managed to put in a few good laps on options and it was looking good for 22nd. But then it all went wrong.
It’s really annoying being lapped all the time and I managed to get 4(!) drive through penalties in the second half of the race. Also had two spins, then another wing damage and finally, after my 2nd and last pit stop, spun and crashed with Alguersuari, ending his race, which brought out the safety car. A lap later I caught the queue but it was race over already. 24th and 7 laps behind, I wasn’t even a classified finisher because of the 90% rule, but I’m satisfied with it as it was my first long race and I’m still not able to push the car to the limits anyway.
It’s also very exhausting, my back hurts as I have to have steering wheel positioned very high, and I was just overall exhausted. Takes a lot of concentracion as well and I began to lose that as well towards the end.
It’ll take some races to get to grips with it, but I can surely say that F1 2011 is awesome!
Season 1 – Virgin Racing
Race 1 – Australian GP
100%, highest difficulty
Finished: DNF (not within 90%!)23rd September 2011, 21:27 at 9:27 pm #178694
Started my career yesterday. Choose to go with Williams. Playing on 20% distance
Decided to race on Intermediate, as it was my first race on the game. Wasn’t paying attention in Quali, so started 15th & on primes, but easily won. Quite a dull race, nothing spectacular.
Q = 15th
F = 1st
Moved the difficulty up to Professional, and still qualified 1st. When it came to the race, it was heavy rain. Lead Button for around 8 laps, but he got past eventually. Finished 2nd
Q = 1st
F = 2nd
Once again, I put the difficulty up, so it was on Legend now. Found this difficulty more fun, and was a challenge. Could only mange to qualify 18th. Started on primes and after the first few turns I found myself up in 9th. Had to fend off Petrov’s DRS attacks, both before and after pitting, and finished 9th.
Q = 18th
F = 9th
Good qualifying session saw me start 11th. Started on primes, and by end of lap 1, was 7th. End of lap 3, used DRS to overtake Button & Massa in one corner. Others pitted round lap 4, so I came up to 2nd, and as Alonso came out the pits, contact was made and he spun. I pitted on lap 7 for softs, and came out in 8th. Used DRS over the coming laps and finished 6th. If I had 1 more lap, I probably would’ve got 5th.
Q = 11th
F = 6th
After 4 races:
3rd – 53 points24th September 2011, 8:59 at 8:59 am #178695
I use to struggle on Spain quite often on F1 2010, but AI are more realistic on 2011, so I was able to qualify my Williams in 12th. Start of the race I stayed between 11th and 12th. Pitted on lap 8 for Options and came out 8th. Chased down Alguesari in the final laps, and on lap 13, overtook him on the main straight with DRS to achieve 7th
Q = 12th
F = 7th
After 5 Races:
1st – Alonso – 74pts
2nd – Button – 62pts
3rd – Webber – 59pts
4th – Tomson – 59pts
5th – Hanilton – 50pts
1st – Ferrari – 114pts
2nd – McLaren – 112pts
3rd – Red Bull – 102pts
4th – Williams – 59pts
5th – Mercedes – 57pts24th September 2011, 15:21 at 3:21 pm #178696
This game’s AI is kinda strange. In my career, Kobayashi got pole and Buemi won at Nurburgring. :O24th September 2011, 22:11 at 10:11 pm #178697
Season 1 – Virgin Racing
Race 2 – Malaysian GP
100%, highest difficulty
Qualified: 19th (started 24th)
Finished: 24th, +5 laps
I’m much faster now, with some more experience, so I’m starting to be able to push the car to the limits, though I’m yet to be consistent. I managed 19th in qualifyng, which was fantastic, though I had to start last because of a penalty.
I was last a few laps into the GP when a fairly unusual bug ended my race: http://twitter.com/EnigmaF1/status/117686091229839360
So I restarted the race. I crashed on lap one and thought I’d restart again :P
Then I got a better start, moving up to 19th, and I managed to keep a few guys behind for many laps. I was overtaken a couple of times but managed to repass and outbreak immediately. I was on primes so I was slower then those around me. Glock managed to pass me on the lap he pitted. I was on prime tyres, full tank of fuel, in a Virgin car and with more rear wing to reduce oversteer, so you can imagine how much time I spent on full lock into turn one on each lap.
The race got a bit quiet, apart from cars lapping me quite often. I did quite a few mistakes, had around 10 spins throughout the race and I probably went on grass/gravel every other lap or so, so I need to improve on consistency a lot, though I’m happy with my progress in terms of speed.
I also realised I can make strategy for less laps then the race is long, as I won’t do them all as a backmarker anyway.
I pitted on lap 32 I think, and the difference in speed between used primes and fresh options was immense. I could get much more aggresive with steering which helped with understeer a lot.
I started catching the guys in front, being on options, and I managed to get from 24th to 21th in three corners – I used traffic to great advantage, as we were being lapped by around 5 cars at the time. It was looking good, just like in Melbourne, but it all went wrong again – I managed to spin thrice (!) within two corners, still not sure how I did that but it cost me massively. I also got a drive-through for colliding with Maldonado, as I lost traction when I was accelerating alongside him.
I finished within a lap of Kovalainen, with 21st fastest lap and 5 laps behind the winner, meaning I was a classified finisher this time! Again, there were no retirements which I find rather strange.
So, I’m happy with my speed, I’m a lot more confident with the car and I can push it more, though I can still improve on that, and I need to improve massively on consistency. It’s very exhausting, I got all sweaty and actually drank a litre and a half of water right after the race, so it’s actually a good workout I reckon.25th September 2011, 10:24 at 10:24 am #178698
Season 1 – AT&T Williams
20%, Legend AI
I am terrible at Monaco on this game. Before my career race, I always spun, every single lap. Did about 20-30 laps in practice, and done terrible. Qualified in P18, around 1.5secs of 17th, and only 0,5 in front of a Lotus. Unsurprisingly, I crashed out on Lap 2 at Tabac.
Q = 18th
F = DNF
Topped the practice times in P1 on prime running. Qualifying sessions were wet, and I got into Q2. I set a strong time during it, but when I returned to pits, everyone went faster, by a couple of seconds. Therefore, I went out on intermediates, which my engineer suggested & what all the other cars were on, but yet I had no grip, couldn’t beat the time I set on Wet tyres, and qualified 17th. Starting on primes as normal, I moved up to 11th after the Toro Rosso’s took each other out. I pit on lap 8 for Options, and by the end of the race, I worked my way up to finish 8th.
Q = 17th
F = 8th
Qualified in 15th for Europe, and started on the primes. By the 2nd corner, I was in 11th after Massa went into the wall. Over the coming laps, I got myself up into 9th. Pitted on lap 7 for options, and came out in 7th. Got myself past Heidfeld & Alonso, and was in 5th. Was closing down Button, and on the final lap, missed out on the DRS zones by a tenth. Despite that, I closed him down, setting purple sectors, and made a bold overtake in the last corner, and finished 4th.
Q = 15th
F = 4th
After 8 Races:
1st – Button – 112pts
2nd – Webber – 102pts
3rd – Vettel – 88pts
4th – Hamilton – 87pts
5th – Alonso – 85pts
6th – Tomson – 75pts
1st – McLaren – 199pts
2nd – Red Bull – 190pts
3rd – Ferrari – 143pts
6th – Williams – 75pts25th September 2011, 10:41 at 10:41 am #17869925th September 2011, 15:56 at 3:56 pm #178700
I’ve been generally finishing in the low points for Williams, and I’m now at Monaco where I got fastest in practice! I don’t tend to use ABS, and I’m weening down to no TCS but it’s going to take some time.
What settings has everyone been using then? TCS or not TCS? ABS on/off? It’s alright saying you’re in a HRT and you’ve won 5 WCC already but what difficulties/aids has everyone been using and what do you think of them? I know Magnificent Geoffrey is a fast driver, so I love how he finished 18th as that really shows the game is challenging – and realistic!
Again, like F1 2010, the difference between medium and no TCS is hardly anything compared to full/medium difference.25th September 2011, 17:50 at 5:50 pm #178701
I have racing line, ABS & Brake assist off. I still use full TCS. Have considering turning it off, but when I played without it on the last few days on f1 2010, I was constantly spinning, and can’t be bothered to practice without it :)
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