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4th March 2014, 20:02 at 8:02 pm #250816
It reminds me of this (which is not a good thing)25th February 2014, 9:49 at 9:49 am #249752
Same pitlane as now, though I’d imagine Bernie would put a permanent facility there.
The long straight could be really fun with the new V6 Turbo engines..25th February 2014, 9:28 at 9:28 am #249751
JPM and Villeneuve at Indy? I wonder how they’ll fare, but the comments on that article Keith posted are something else!24th February 2014, 22:38 at 10:38 pm #249713
@jojobudgie We’re certainly the only 3 still posting. Then again, this is the first time I’ve been writing down my races as well. I never contributed to the F1 2010 thread (apart from small rants about being ousted from Ferrari and the AI taking me out a couple of times) despite doing 2.5 seasons in that game.
I’ll keep writing for my second season, look forward to reading more of your races as well.24th February 2014, 16:09 at 4:09 pm #249688
It happened again, but I decided to finish the race anyway, to finish the season.
Here’s the write up of the final 5 races of my first season:
Another track I had a poor record at in F1 2010, but seemingly do very well at in F1 2012. I found a great set up, which had me cruising to pole. During the race I had some trouble keeping Button off me during the first 2 laps and I had a lot of traffic after my early pitstop. I managed to stay in front of Button after his pit stop and drove off. My lead went back from 5 seconds to 1 in the final lap, because my tyres were, once more, gone.
Having only done a few laps around here in quick races, I had a lot of trouble keeping the Toro Rosso pointing in the right direction. I only managed 17th in qualifying (still beating Ricciardo) and kept going off during the race, where I managed to grab 8th at the start. I lacked top speed, ran out of flasbacks, so I decided to torpedo myself into the air at turn 3. Another DNF..
Yet another track I didn’t do well in F1 2010, but I had an amazing weekend here. Pole, managed to keep my tyres working until the target lap, thus leading lights to flag and fastest lap. The cherry on top? Winning the championship! Webber didn’t score, my lead increased to well over 50 points, meaning he could no longer overtake me in the standings.
I was pretty pleased to find my first proper contract offer as well: 2nd driver at Red Bull. The only other offers I had were Toro Rosso and the 3 backmarkers. I took the deal.
Much like India, I only had done a few quick races here and the teammate challenge. I did pretty well around here, even if the lack of top speed meant a lot of broken wings during the race. I had a lot of fun in traffic after an early stop, which included having a front row seat to Maldonado taking himself off and overtaking Raikkonen on the outside of the hairpin.
R: 1 As stated above, I’ve run into trouble with the frame rate before, but never as much as during this weekend. FP3 was fine, with me clocking an impressive 1:13 (to the AI’s 1:15) early in the session. Q 1 and Q 2 were alright visually, which had me clocking 1:14s, putting me in the top 5 for both sessions. Q 3 was messed up, meaning I couldn’t even get near the laptimes I did on hards in Q 1 and 2. I ended a frustrating lap in 3rd, and figured I’d just leave it at that.
The race kept messing up, so today I figured I’d play a quick race first. That went perfect. However, 5 laps into the 18 lap career race, the game decided to screw me over again. Annoyed, but determined, I drove on, taking out Vettel and Alonso due to far too aggressive moves I wouldn’t normally make. My laptime dropped by a second, I had to pit early due to destroying my tyres (missing all the apexes does that) and came out behind Maldonado, Kobayashi and Raikkonen. I passed all 3 of them in less than a lap, but the rest was too far away until they pitted. I came out just in front of Button and he had 11 laps to try and overtake me. He came close, every single lap, in the DRS zone, but I managed to hold him off using my conventional technique: moving slightly in their direction, then gradually moving back to the line. However, he got a great run on me with 2 laps to go and broke his front wing and went off. I was out of flashbacks so I decided to try and slow down a little (my tyres being gone). Perez came close to overtaking me with 2 laps to go, since I went sideways in the first part of the Senna S. I held on and won from Perez and Webber. Alonso, Vettel and Button all outside of the top 10, oops.
Final championship standings of Season 1
1. Me (345 points)
2. Webber (205)
3. Hamilton (193)
4. Button (174)
5. Alonso (162)
6. Vettel (160)
7. Rosberg (138)
8. Schumacher (128)
9. Perez (126)
10. Grosjean (118)
11. Raikkonen (70)
12. Kobayashi (46)
13. Massa (42)
14. Senna (25)
15. Di Resta (24)
16. Vergne (21)
17. Hulkenberg (19)
18. Maldonado (18)
19. Ricciardo (5)
20. Kovalainen (1)
21. Pic (no points)
25. de la Rosa
1. McLaren (367 points)
2. Red Bull (365)
3. Mercedes (266)
4. Ferrari (204)
5. Caterham (196) (My first 9 races + 1 point from Kovalainen)
6. Lotus (188)
7. Toro Rosso (176) (Last 11 races + 21 Vergne + 5 Ricciardo)
8. Sauber (172)
9. Williams (43)
10. Force India (43)
12. HRT22nd February 2014, 23:20 at 11:20 pm #249567
Does anyone else have a problem with the game suddenly dropping in frame rate and the gameplay being different? It’s happened to me sometimes during a race, lasting for around 5 minutes, but it’s annoying the living hell out of me. The drop in frame rate makes it hard to ‘feel’ the car, while the gameplay somehow also changes. Tyres squal in every corner, the brakes are much better, the steering is off.. It ruined Q1 and Q2 for me, but it was fine in Q3, but the race starts off like this which means I end up going off everywhere..18th February 2014, 20:24 at 8:24 pm #249008
@jojobudgie I usually just pick my favorite teams out of the ones available. Typically Caterham, who have KERS as well which helps a lot at the starts. Getting an offer from Force India or Sauber is totally up to your results, though.
After my race in Germany I moved to Toro Rosso, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne, despite him scoring 25 points to Ricciardo’s 5.
In practice I noticed the Toro Rosso and my driving style don’t really align for some reason. I was blasting through my options, but did very good times. In qualifying I got pole by a much wider margin than usual (which is around 0.4 seconds, now I was up to 1.2!) and things were looking good. Except that I set my pole time on used Options. Which were gone going into lap 2. I held onto the lead, but lost my front wing in a battle with Vettel, which dropped me back to 7th after my pitstop. I somehow was overtaken with ease by Massa, dropping me back to 8th. I kept making mistakes and the car in general did not go where I wanted it to. After running out of flashbacks, I messed up the final corner pretty badly and crashed out. Not too happy about that one.
I had an abysmal qualifying session, even though I ended up having Raikkonen and Alonso directly in front of me and Hulkenberg right behind me. I had a decent start, but once again I couldn’t even remotely break where I had on fresh tyres and suffered massive understeer. I hardly thought the game was that accurate. I kept getting punctures and after being shunted by Di Resta coming out of Les Combes retired outside of the points. Had I made a mistake?
Utterly frustrated by the behavior of the car at the Hungaroring and Spa, I figured I needed to account for the natural understeer in the set ups I use. This helped a lot and I put my car on pole by a wide margin, followed by Alonso, who had a wide margin over 3rd placed Webber. I had a hard time shaking those two off on my options, but once I got the primes (and actually made the target lap) I ran away from them and won by over 7 seconds. My lead in the championship had shrunk a little, but only Webber could still take me down, with Hamilton in 3rd, Vettel 4th and Alonso getting a boost in the standings. Raikkonen was still nowhere, though. I got only my 3rd fastest lap in this race as well.
I didn’t have a good time around this track in F1 2010 and imagined that my driving style, the Toro Rosso and the nature of the track would probably lead to another DNF. Vettel, Alonso, Schumacher, Button and Hamilton outclassed me in Q3, despite Webber oddly falling off in Q2, who I had selected as my rival after Hungary. I had a great start, passing all but Vettel, who I got on the boulevard. Once my options ran out, Alonso was giving me a hard time, but went off at some point, which gave me some space. I had a very poor pitstop (not making my target lap again) and was dropped back to 7th, but got the lead back after a small fight with Vettel. I stayed there for the rest of the race. Despite fierce competition, I managed to get another fastest lap as well. Maybe the Toro Rosso isn’t so bad.
Or maybe it is. I had no grip, no top speed around here, no matter what I did with my set up. I had a terrible qualifying, my worst result since my 2nd race for Caterham. I had a great start, but a ton of incidents in lap 1 meant I had no flashbacks left by lap 2. Of course, I made a nasty shunt exiting Degner 2, ran into the wall and my race was over.16th February 2014, 21:12 at 9:12 pm #248886
I had a very poor track record around Monaco in F1 2010, which had me expecting very little for this weekend. For some reason I do really well around here in F1 2012 though, despite writing off a few cars in practice. I easily managed the fastest times in Qualifying due to my ‘go out at the last second’ strategy. Had a good start, but the pitstops saw me falling behind a group of cars that did a longer first stint and I had a hard time getting past Vergne and Perez, until they pitted. My primes were already gone with 5 laps to go and I had Rosberg and Hamilton catching up on me, but managed to keep them off and win my second race.
I did a quick race in a Caterham with the AI set to Legend, but decided to remain at Pro in career mode.
My ‘strategy’ meant I had another easy qualifying, though I sacrificed my gear ratios for a good laptime, meaning I didn’t even hit max. RPM on the long straight during the race. Once more I fended off Button (who lost his front wing), Hamilton (who went off behind me again) and Vettel (who also lost his front wing on me) during my first stint, but Alonso managed to pass me during pit stops. I put in an amazing lap to overtake him at the hairpin, had him pass me on the straight, but I anticipated his pitstop, so kept the lead. With Alonso 20+ seconds behind and the rest even further, I imagined I’d have a walk in the park, but Alonso, Webber and Grosjean all had a go at me in the DRS zone and damaged their front wings on me. I cannot believe I didn’t get a penalty, even if none of them were alongside me when they lost their wings. With Hamilton and Webber not being that high up, I ended up leading the championship as well.
Valencia was kind to me in F1 2010, but not so much in F1 2012. I had a lot of trouble with the kerbs and track limits, meaning I used up all 4 flashbacks in my fastest lap even. Not having that kind of luxury during the race, plus a major top speed disadvantage, meant I couldn’t keep Webber and Alonso behind me after my pitstop. I think I broke both McLaren’s front wings again, as well as Schumacher’s. I started to think it might be the AI, rather than my defensive driving at this point. Still, 3rd was a good finish, as I ended up over 15 seconds behind winner Webber (which is bad at 25% distance).
Despite my best efforts, I had a hard time progressing in qualifying and had to re-do some sessions. Ultimately decided after my first Q3 there wasn’t much more I could do and started 9th. I had a great start and managed to sneak into the lead before we even reached the old Start/Finish line. Hamilton (once again) kept charging at me and cost me a flashback when he pulled alongside into Copse, didn’t leave me any room and took me off. I used a flashback to close the gap, which resulted in him somehow going off in Copse all by himself, not touching me (I watched the replay a dozen times trying to figure out why he went off..) Alonso, Vettel and Webber all had a go at me during the middle of the race, but kept hitting eachother and fell back. Suddenly, Raikkonen was 2nd and came very close to me during the final lap, but I kept clear of him and won my 4th race, leading the championship over Webber and Hamilton.
A fairly straightforward affair, once again suffering from the low top speed and the AI breaking their front wings on me. Webber and Hamilton were still close to me in the standings, but I had a lead over Vettel, Button, while Alonso and Raikkonen were nowhere in the standings. I was getting close to leading the Constructor’s championship with Caterham too, but then I got an offer from Toro Rosso to finish the season with them. I figured it’d be a good idea, I really did..16th February 2014, 16:29 at 4:29 pm #248810
After falling out of love with F1 2010, I spent some time ‘getting to know’ F1 2012 before starting my career. Initially I started at Force India on Easy, but after a poor Qualifying I realized it was going far too easy when I finished in 2nd. So I re-started my career at Caterham. I use TC on full (using a game pad) and racing line in corners, AI on professional, 25% race distance. I use Flashbacks, but on average only use 1 per race.
Having never been a strong qualifier it’s where I expected to be: above the limits of the car (due to the AI difficulty) but not where I really wanted to be, never standing a chance in Q2. I got off to a great start, but having played F1 2010 in easy most of the time, I tripped over the field a couple of times before I managed a start without crashing. When I did, I left T1 as 6th, but managed to catch up on Schumacher and Alonso during the first half of the lap, leaving me in 4th. The Top 3 ran away from me and a slow pitstop left me behind Alonso in 5th. I had to pull some risky driving to maintain 5th over Schumacher, but got no warnings or penalties.
I did a nice lap, but the limited top speed ruined my lap. I got an amazing start and managed to pull some nice overtakes throughout the first lap. I ran 3rd for most of the race, also due to having a great pit stop. Nice and strong race, although my options fell off pretty hard. Webber won.
A very surprising result in qualifying, especially since I lacked top speed. The race went well, I got the lead in the opening lap, but came out behind the later winner and he had a much better stop than I did. I had to pull some pretty dangerous moves to hold off the AI in the DRS zones, but once again got no warnings or penalties.
Qualifying grounded me after finishing on the podium twice. I did a good lap, but simply lacked top speed and some cornering speed, which I noticed when Hamilton did his pole lap even though he had to overtake me in T4. I had another great start and managed to squeeze in behind Hamilton, Alonso and Schumacher, all 3 then proceeded to walk away from me and leave me with Raikkonen in my back. At some point he fell back and I was never really troubled again until the final laps, when Webber kept passing me on the main straight and I kept overtaking him into T1. Good fun, even though I lost my front wing with 2 laps to go and my tyres were gone.
I had a lot of trouble getting out of Q1 and destroyed a set of the options. I figured I’d wait around a little longer in Q2 and noticed the AI was doing slower laptimes than mine in Q1. This basically repeated throughout the season and left me unimpressed with the AI and simply going out at the final minute ever since this weekend. I easily did the fastest lap in Q2, but in Q3 I went out too early, as Button was still on track and suddenly did a lap 2 seconds faster than his previous. Hamilton then set the best time, leaving me in 3rd. I had a good start, but a lack of top speed meant I entered T1 in 3rd still. I managed to get Button in T2 and Hamilton coming out of T5. Hamilton never left my gearbox and once again I did some things that would have gotten me disqualified in real life, resulting in a number of warnings. I decided to let Hamilton through, only to find he spun behind me. I took my first win, which I really didn’t expect. I was also 2nd in the championship behind Hamilton somehow.
I’ll write up more races later.15th February 2014, 15:44 at 3:44 pm #248701
@full-throttle-f1 Model cars’ worth are often determined by external factors. If you look at sites such as eBay, a model in 1/18 scale of the 1998 Williams driven by Frentzen will go for considerably less than a 1998 Ferrari driven by Schumacher. This even goes for their ‘limited’ editions, if it’s a limited edition Verstappen 1/43 it has lost a lot more value than a limited edition WDC model.
I don’t think they make good investments. I’ve been buying a fair share of ‘used’ models recently and looking back on my finances last year I realized I spent less than 200 euros on 12 1/18 models (most of which Hot Wheels, though) and 2 1/43 models (by Onyx). The models ranged from 1991 to 2006, where the most expensive of the bunch was the 2006 Schumacher Ferrari (although Hot Wheels models have even less fixity) which I bought for 25 euros.
Of course, there are exceptions. The Minichamps (or Paul’s Model Art) 1/18 models that come in closed boxes (as opposed to the ‘showroom’ boxes) often hold their value, if the box is included. They’ve had a range of 1992/3 models in 1/18 with removable engine covers and noses which are still very expensive, or implicit limited models like the 1998 Ferrari with Towerwings. Models of ‘famous’ drivers often do well too; Senna, Schumacher, Prost, as well as famous teams; Ferrari, Lotus, McLaren.
If you want to invest in model cars, F1 might not be the right way to go. Models by Kyosho or AutoArt are more likely to really retain their value.4th February 2014, 8:29 at 8:29 am #213486
It usually is, but not all tracks that are modified here are Tilke tracks, plus, there’s little point in making third thread for track designs, imo.4th February 2014, 7:17 at 7:17 am #248417
Did the spirit if the rules come before or after the ghost of the future?3rd February 2014, 20:04 at 8:04 pm #213484
I got bored the other day, zoomed in on a random part of the map and made this. http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6194357
It sort of looks like something Tilke would do, at the same time, it lacks some vitals, like a mile long straight.1st February 2014, 14:04 at 2:04 pm #220658
Yet again a couple of hours late, I’d like to announce that @vmaxmuffin has won this round. His track combines fun roads with plenty of overtaking opportunities. @pezlo2013, @philereid were close behind. I really liked the ‘middle sector’ of @qingwa‘s track and @andae23‘s straighforward design, so it was a hard one.31st January 2014, 1:03 at 1:03 am #220656
I’ve decided to move the deadline to Saturday 10:00 GMT, as I won’t be likely to be able to judge before then.