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F1 2018 - tell us about your career

Hey all, hope this is allowed. If not, please move/delete this thread as appropriate.

There's a great topic on the forums at GT Planet where people discuss their career modes, but it's not very active anymore (not a lot of F1 2018 players on the forum - more GT Sport and Project Cars 2 players).

So, I thought it might be good to set one up on the Codies forum, given there's many more players of F1!

Feel free to share what's happened in your career, whatever R&D decisions you've made and how it's turned out. 

In terms of my career, I started off at Toro Rosso on 95% AI with a view of doing one season with them and then moving to Red Bull in season 2 to hopefully challenge for the championship.

I finished 9th (I think) in season one in the Toro Rosso and achieved one podium (second at Austria). Not really sure how I managed it, but I was just rapid at Austria for some reason.

With the amount of upgrades I did, Toro are now the fourth best team in my second season and actually out-qualified me and my Red Bull at Bahrain in season 2.

And that's as far as I've gone, I'm in China now, about 6th in the championship.

I'll post a video with commentary later with my last episode. 
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  • MrCosta96MrCosta96 Member Wheel Nut
    Stopped playing at Spa season 1 with Sauber because just after a patch, my expected finishing position went from 12th to 2nd and just cant be bothered with it...
  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell
    edited December 3
    MrCosta96 said:
    Stopped playing at Spa season 1 with Sauber because just after a patch, my expected finishing position went from 12th to 2nd and just cant be bothered with it...

    Sorry to hear that dude. Shame there are so many bugs in-game.

    Here's my latest episode, with commentary, at Bahrain. A race of real highs and lows. Will seriously need to improve if I'm to win the title this year.


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  • sjsharp2010sjsharp2010 Member Champion
    I'm about half way through my first season. but I've not played it in a while been to busy with other things frankly. It's not that I dislike the game it's more I've been too busy and not really enough hours in the day. I'll get back to it eventually just don't know when yet

    In war victory, In peace vigilance, In death sacrifice -grey warden motto

  • sebasdenbsebasdenb Member Wheel Nut
    I've just about wrapped up season 2 on 110 AI, started and stayed with McLaren all throughout. We had such rapid development pace that the car was already near the front at the end of S1, but then the performance patch hit and we got knocked down a lot.
    Managed to wrap up the title in season 2 though, in Russia actually. The car's been one of the best of the bunch along with Merc, with Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault in a close fight for third best team.
    Anyway I got lucky with how inconsistent all of the AI were, which kind of sucks as it's been a way too easy victory and I wish I would've had to work harder to achieve it, a) with a 'slow' team at the start like mclaren and b) on the highest AI level. I guess it's mostly the stupid AI strategy calls of 50% races that ruined any chance of consistent competition, yet it's cool to have won in my second season.
    Will probably move to Alfa Romeo next season, as they are the one team in between the front pack (top 5 cars) and the bottom four. Will be a challenge to out-develop the teams above as I'm looking at not completing as many practice programmes as before. That's just because I'm kind of getting bored of them (and their inconsistency between circuits on the same AI level) and because it's otherwise too easy to develop quickly and become a front-runner.
  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell
    sebasdenb said:
    I've just about wrapped up season 2 on 110 AI, started and stayed with McLaren all throughout. We had such rapid development pace that the car was already near the front at the end of S1, but then the performance patch hit and we got knocked down a lot.
    Managed to wrap up the title in season 2 though, in Russia actually. The car's been one of the best of the bunch along with Merc, with Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault in a close fight for third best team.
    Anyway I got lucky with how inconsistent all of the AI were, which kind of sucks as it's been a way too easy victory and I wish I would've had to work harder to achieve it, a) with a 'slow' team at the start like mclaren and b) on the highest AI level. I guess it's mostly the stupid AI strategy calls of 50% races that ruined any chance of consistent competition, yet it's cool to have won in my second season.
    Will probably move to Alfa Romeo next season, as they are the one team in between the front pack (top 5 cars) and the bottom four. Will be a challenge to out-develop the teams above as I'm looking at not completing as many practice programmes as before. That's just because I'm kind of getting bored of them (and their inconsistency between circuits on the same AI level) and because it's otherwise too easy to develop quickly and become a front-runner.
    Yeah, the practice programmes are soooo dull. Also agree that the AI are too inconsistent as well.

    I guess that's why online is so important these days - AI will never be as good to battle against.
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  • sjsharp2010sjsharp2010 Member Champion
    sebasdenb said:
    I've just about wrapped up season 2 on 110 AI, started and stayed with McLaren all throughout. We had such rapid development pace that the car was already near the front at the end of S1, but then the performance patch hit and we got knocked down a lot.
    Managed to wrap up the title in season 2 though, in Russia actually. The car's been one of the best of the bunch along with Merc, with Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault in a close fight for third best team.
    Anyway I got lucky with how inconsistent all of the AI were, which kind of sucks as it's been a way too easy victory and I wish I would've had to work harder to achieve it, a) with a 'slow' team at the start like mclaren and b) on the highest AI level. I guess it's mostly the stupid AI strategy calls of 50% races that ruined any chance of consistent competition, yet it's cool to have won in my second season.
    Will probably move to Alfa Romeo next season, as they are the one team in between the front pack (top 5 cars) and the bottom four. Will be a challenge to out-develop the teams above as I'm looking at not completing as many practice programmes as before. That's just because I'm kind of getting bored of them (and their inconsistency between circuits on the same AI level) and because it's otherwise too easy to develop quickly and become a front-runner.
    Yeah, the practice programmes are soooo dull. Also agree that the AI are too inconsistent as well.

    I guess that's why online is so important these days - AI will never be as good to battle against.
    Personally I enjoy the practice programs I find them an interesting challenge though tbh I don' t play on a high difficulty as I'm mainly a casual player. Although it's taken me a while I've started to get to grips with the tyre and fuel consumption ones as up until recently I've always struggled with those even on the previous games. I still struggle with the track acclimitisation from time to time but I think that's more due to the fact that I have my own lines I take through corners and I have to kind of force myself to slow down and adjust my line to the way the game wants almost like a slalom skier. Still an interesting challenge though.

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  • MikeV27MikeV27 Member New Car Smell
    edited November 16
    Playing 50% races at 100 AI with no tc or abs, cockpit view and no hud. On my second season with McLaren right now, I did a lot of upgrades in season 1 and made up quite a bit of ground but I'm still pretty far behind the top teams. Now on my 3rd race of season 2 and the car is really slow on the straights, slowly trying to unlock the drag upgrades but they keep failing lol.
  • Cobalt765Cobalt765 Member New Car Smell
    Very new to F1 and driving games.  Started career at 20% AI and despite playing 18 hours all up on the game, I'm only up to qualifying in Bahrain, season 1.  I've been focusing on just getting better at driving in general and trying to get PB's at Melbourne in TT mode.

    As a newcomer that doesn't know that many tracks, I quite like the Practice modes whereas in the PS1/2 days, I hated practice and qualifying. 

    First race I qualified 3rd but came 12th.  Will see how I go in Bahrain but if I get a good position, I'll bump up the AI level.
  • Sn0beastSn0beast Member New Car Smell
    I started out with Sauber at 65 difficulty and have moved up to 85. My only problem I am facing is at 65 I end up bringing the Sauber home in 4th and on 85 I am sitting in 12th, but as I am a social player I end up causing a massive backlog and when I do get passed I am not able to keep up with them. The last three weeks I have been playing single races to try find my sweet spot and also working on feathering the controller.

    I love 2018 and think it's a fantastic game and a much better version of 2017 although 2017 is almost perfect.

    To extend my career I have bought Project Cars 2. 
    I plan to finish my first F1 2018 season soon and then will start PC2 in carting and move up the formulas then start a new career in F1 in a Williams.


  • patronaspatronas Member Wheel Nut
    Im loving mine at min apart from the bugs which came in thd last patch basicly everything it said it was going to fix has actualy broke it but apart from that loving it . Started with force india done 3 seasons with them won both titles then switched over to redbull for season 4 and its the best season im having so far honestly any one of the drivers from 8 of the teams can win the race its how close every one is on performance apart from hass and torroso but the rest any one can win . Im up to canada and so far had 4 diffrent teams win quali is super close the was only 5 thousands of asec between the top 6 cars for the Canadian quali I quali 8th a tenth down from pole it was a sec down to 16th and a sec znd a half to last havent been any lapped cars so  faf this ssaxon apaert from bottas in baku when was racing him for p 11 and he just teleported to back and 2 laps down that only started happening after last patch never seen it before  patch 14 when the difficulty is right the racing is intense and even getting onto the podium is a hard enough challenge im in p5 in standings 10 points behind 1st and I think the is 8 drivers in the title fight at the 6th round so  yea im loving it at min until the bugs come into play any way 
  • coolieboycoolieboy Member, Drivers Race Engineer
    I like reading these threads...
    So far I haven't touched career mode, but I've started GP series with the tier 3 classic.  I'm using it as GP2 before I jump into career moder with Haas.  Nevertheless I'm having fun with the game...I play this game casual, ps4 with ds4, TC med and abs on, no HUD, sim damage tire carcass and 90 AI.   Fun game..my only gripe with it as a casual gamer is the opponent vehicle sounds is too low even with the slider set to max.
  • BULLDOZORBULLDOZOR Member Unleaded
    I started my career mode with Renault with Hulkenberg as my teammate. We got our 1st double podium at the French GP (only 7 cars finished the race lol), and I got a second podium at Singapore. At the end Renault was just behind Red Bull in the R&D tree, and we finished 6th and 7th in the championship, 4th in the constructor.  (Vettel won the championship as well as Ferrari) Got a regulation change at the end, placed Renault 3rd in the R&D tree.
    The following season I joined Red Bull with Ricciardo as my teammate, I struggled a lot in my first 5 races of the season (finished no higher than 7th) then got a podium at Monaco, won the French GP, then got a 8 consecutive podiums finish. At the Japan GP we were at the same performance level as Ferrari, and I won the last 5 races of the season (Vettel won all other races) I finished 3rd in the championship and 2nd in the constructor. Got another reglulation change, was very benefit for McLaren and Sauber  At the end R&D tree was : Ferrari  - Renault - McLaren - Sauber. 
    3rd season I joined Ferrari with Vettel as my teammate, Ferrari was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead in the R&D tree, got a total of 19 1-2 finish, and I lost the championship by 10 points (fun fact : all races were won by a Ferrari). At the end the R&D tree was : Ferrari - Renault - McLaren- Sauber.
    My 4th season was one of the worst I ever had (since 2016),  constantly outqualifed and outpaced by Vettel, and me constantly fighting with Leclerc (who was overpowered that season). I got only 6 podiums, and got my only win and pole of the season at the French GP. The worst was that I got 3 DNF, all of them was caused by stupid AI and spoiled me a victory at the Sinagpore GP while leading, Stroll litteraly crashed in me while I lapped him (lap 27/31)... All others races were won by Vettel  (13 consecutive wins lmao) and I finished 90 points behind him. Got a regulation change, that overpowered the Sauber. At the end the order was : Ferrari - Sauber - McLaren - Renault  (fun fact : Mercedes and Red Bull were both last in the R&D tree - Ferrari had all possible upgrade)
    5th season started very well, won the first 8 races of the season, got 15 poduims, Vettel won more races than me but got 2 DNF at Baku and Singapore which I won. Singapore GP was (maybe) the best GP I ever had, started 15th after a crash in qualifying, gaining 7 positions in the opening lap, and got the lead in lap 24/31 after Vettel's DNF and won the race. After 5 seasons, I finally won the championship by (only ) 10 points.
    I didn't started my 6th season, and here my stat after 5 seasons : 
    wins : 41 ; poles : 27 ; fastest lap : 56 ; average race position : 3rd ; average qualifying position : 5th ; worst position (without DNF) : 17  best comeback during a race : 15th > 1nd (singapore 5th season)
  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell
    coolieboy said:
    I like reading these threads...
    So far I haven't touched career mode, but I've started GP series with the tier 3 classic.  I'm using it as GP2 before I jump into career moder with Haas.  Nevertheless I'm having fun with the game...I play this game casual, ps4 with ds4, TC med and abs on, no HUD, sim damage tire carcass and 90 AI.   Fun game..my only gripe with it as a casual gamer is the opponent vehicle sounds is too low even with the slider set to max.
    Let us know how you get on. I've been tempted to start a classic championship once I've done my standard career mode.
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  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell
    Ok, I don't wanna give too much away here, but fair to say, China was a pretty special race for me here in season 2 cheerscheerscheers


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  • sjsharp2010sjsharp2010 Member Champion
    coolieboy said:
    I like reading these threads...
    So far I haven't touched career mode, but I've started GP series with the tier 3 classic.  I'm using it as GP2 before I jump into career moder with Haas.  Nevertheless I'm having fun with the game...I play this game casual, ps4 with ds4, TC med and abs on, no HUD, sim damage tire carcass and 90 AI.   Fun game..my only gripe with it as a casual gamer is the opponent vehicle sounds is too low even with the slider set to max.
    Let us know how you get on. I've been tempted to start a classic championship once I've done my standard career mode.

    I tend to mix in a few classic championships alongside my careers although I've not done one yet.

    In war victory, In peace vigilance, In death sacrifice -grey warden motto

  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell
    edited December 3
    Here's my latest career mode episode.

    After my first win on career mode at China, I fully expected to walk away with the race at Baku.

    In reality, it was a lot harder than I expected. Maybe the Red Bull is just OP at China?!


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  • ChironTheseusChironTheseus Member Co-Driver
    edited November 23
    General discussion is what this is, so good putting this up.

    My career began prepatch, day 1! McLaren with Alonso as team mate. Began minimal assists on 85 difficulty and had an amazing time fighting the AI! The handling (controller at the time) was much better than 2017, much more responsive and smooth, the feel for the car was greater too, to the point I lost assists faster than any racing game previously and gained the benefits well. The AI wouldn't let you dive bomb, they stuck with you through the entire corners only giving you your cars width, sometimes you could race 2 or 3 others in corners! Made my adrenaline pump! When you won a corner they could easily be right by your side again the next, you really had to earn a single position which made fighting for places so much more rewarding, it punished poor moves and made you learn from them, using flashbacks was the best way to tell who was at fault and why. I progressed through career more realistically to how you would in a poor car but R&D made it so you could put maximum effort in to make it a winner, I did just that, McLaren had max upgrades when I moved on, they were unbeatable! Moved to RB with Danny Ric as the updates started coming in, difficulty and handling were changing with the updates and so were the AI it seemed. The AI started backing out when you overtook them and I just wasn't having those pre patch McLaren back of the grid fights I did before, even starting from the back of the grid. I decided to move to the bottom team, Williams who were at the bottom the entire career, I thought a much harder challenge and maybe better AI fighting again due to a much slower car as the RB was between 3rd and 4th in R&D areas and Williams were dead last in all areas bar power where they were only ahead of the Honda powered TR by a whisker. Alas the fights were minimal and they were still backing out and not following through in counter attacks as well. Still I kept my head down and got them up high though at best they were struggling to get a podium and my team mate was never anywhere to be seen in points, so I moved on to a new team, this time Ferrari (at this point I wasn't sure where to go so I used time trial to find the best looking and sounding car), by far the Ferrari engine was a delight to hear and the halo looks less out of place compared to the other teams bar McLaren whos halo also looks less a sore sight. Ferrari were a mid team when I joined and most patching had taken place. Fighting still wasn't as pleasing but as the power unit was very poor I did have to fight hard, gaining in corners but loosing big on straights caused so very hard to win positions which were rewarding to gain. I have now got the Ferrari up top just a little ahead of the McLaren and fighting hard for wins vs the great Alonso who now has a car he deserves for his abilities! Williams went downhill too fast after leaving but have become a team who get the odd point here and there and RB continue to be a top team, Merc went rock bottom as early as season 2 but are rising nicely, Renault were getting strong then fell and are rising once more for the odd podium and Racing Point (formerly FI) are consistently in the mid to top points scoring. R&D regulations help to mix the grid but patches had caused the R&D to often become redundant as well as the strange qualifying times ruining a few races like Monaco where the top 3 cars were fighting for the win well but the rest of the field were nowhere to be seen because of a slow car qualifying 3rd and only 1 car getting the jump on them at the start lights causing a huge gap. Most cars got lapped several times!
    McLaren and Williams were a struggle for Monaco and Singapore core tyres but RB and Ferrari were just fine. The AI were always unaffected. Rather than changing difficulty per race I simply chose just to have the odd struggle and hope I still made the team goals.
    Prepatch weather racing was amazing too, even on little 25% races the end results were so unpredictable, they would no longer all pit together, some stayed out battling the changing conditions and other pitted for safe choice tyres, sometimes it works out others it didn't, the weather is much more dynamic, you could have a whole race with a damp track but not raining, the rain could come in very slowly or fast and be much harder to predict and this also helped with the safety car, it now had a purpose instead of just generically popping out with a small crash and having always the same laps behind the SC even when everything was cleared, this time if you had a SC in changing weather it was a total race changer.. Do I pit or stay out? It had a much bigger impact on the race! I loved this new change! (I normally turn SC off as their really is no purpose for it sorry to say for those who demand it be in the game) Rather than visual changes this was a real racing game changing addition. Top marks for Codies for this.
    Worth noting also the individual R&D departments, power, aero and chassis make even more difference on certain circuits making for better challenges such as a faster car can do well in Monza but then struggle in Austria. This also added to the importance of R&D and for more challenging racing.

    Overall its the best career mode to date, the R&D has increased in ability without being so damning to poor teams maxed out as the end gap seems less which I like. After all there is no point maxing out a low team if they end up just being back of the grid again when you leave. The handling and AI strength are easily the best yet, but although there has been denial of any AI changes, it seems clear something has changed their ability to stay with you throughout a corner and their return to backing out sometimes even when they have plenty of space to keep going tell me otherwise. The patching bugs like qualifying madness have been race killers where the AI no longer race hard and do their yellow flag following again cause races to be rather boring and unchallenging. Pre patching the AI would fight one another without the human player interaction making a good overall unique race not one dictated soley by the player themselves.
    -Prepatch career mode 11/10 (yes you read that right, they outdone themselves, at least for PS4 where I saw and experienced no game breaking bugs)
    -Post patch career mode 8/10 (after all the quali time fixing (for the most part as the odd single AI still post one sector impossibly from time to time) but still lacks that first time fighting feeling making it easy to put the game down and play something else without much thought).
    Carystus PS4 Pro
    "The fact is I don't drive just to get from A to B. I enjoy feeling the car's reactions, becoming part of it." ~Enzo Ferrari
  • BrakeCheck101BrakeCheck101 Member New Car Smell

    Amazing really. It took me 26 races, yes TWENTY SIX! to get my first wet race. What's that about? Anyone else struggled to get rain on career mode? All I had up to now is wet practice sessions. Not even a wet quali.

    Anyway, here's the highlights:



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  • Cloister56Cloister56 Member New Car Smell
    I started with Williams as I wanted to see them at the front. Put all my development points into reliability and efficiency.
    Was so far behind by the end of the 1st season but then overtook everyone by 2/3 of the way through season 2.
    Won the driver's but missed out on the constructors by 1 point to Mercedes.
    Decided to move to McLaren and elevate them, so made up this storyline that Stroll took my seat in a preexisting agreement if certain performance levels were met. 
    Had to go to Renault first and wait for Alonso to switch to 2nd driver so I could then race alongside him.
    Coming to the end of my 3rd season, efficiency maxing out and managed to preserve all of the 26 obsolete upgrades in aero and chassis. So think next season should be good. Will probably give the game a rest for a few months and come back to it.

    I've created a monster in Williams they are 150 points clear of the field in performance score. Though with one race to go they are 31 points adrift of Ferrari for constructors.
  • ChironTheseusChironTheseus Member Co-Driver
    I do love the McLaren handling, possibly the most comfortable car in career for me at least it was a great joy doing those up with the legend Alonso.
    Carystus PS4 Pro
    "The fact is I don't drive just to get from A to B. I enjoy feeling the car's reactions, becoming part of it." ~Enzo Ferrari
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