Hi all, I am part of the admin team at Front Row Racing where we do live broadcasts and commentary of our league races on PS4, on F1 2015 the only downside to this was not being able to capture the start of the race, we had hoped for F1 2016 there would be a new feature, perhaps being able to select a "spectate only" slot in the lobby or being able to retire at any point on the formation lap so we can capture the start of the race, from what we have tested so far, yes you can retire on the formation lap, in a 2-3 second window just before the race starts, however this brings out yellow flags every time and on some occasions brings out a VSC or SC, not what we really need to be honest.
Being able to retire during the formation lap although i have said it can be done, it is intermittent, some times you can retire, some times you tell it to retire but you have to start the race and retire again, you miss the start of the race and bring out a yellow flag. We have narrowed this down to situations like "a driver leaves the session, a driver joins the session" when this happens we have never been able to retire on the formation lap, on the other hand we still have times where this has not been the case and we still cannot retire, we are still testing this to see if there is a pattern to get it to work but at this time some guidance would be useful?
On these points i have a few questions i would like to ask or points i would like to make;
1, Will it be possible to introduce a retire at anytime during the formation lap for the benefit of live broadcasts? This would avoid a yellow flag, VSC or SC and would remove the broadcast teams cars from the track.
2,Would it not be better to allow the lobby host to assign "spectate" to some in the lobby, if there was to be a maximum, 1 is not enough, i would advise at least 3 possible "spectates"
3, Would it be even better to allow the drivers to select "spectate"
4.Championship mode although a good idea, is not practical in any way shape or form, ill start with just one comment on that, on first setting up the championship, you cannot select "invite only" so you end up with people in the lobby who should not be there,can this be changed please? Also it needs a "penalties added, time penalties to be added and a replace as a reserve driver who scores points for the team but no driver points and the driver he replaced for a race can return at the following race" options as a host.
5.When spectating a driver, if they crash resulting in terminal damage, we here the sound of the impact and then the audio drops to diluted sound no matter who you watch, can this be fixed please?
6..Drivers who disconnect from the race, there cars stay on the track unghosted and cause major issues, i here this is due an update, do we have any news or confirmation on this?
7.The host of a session, cannot rejoin that session even if they have been sent invites when they have left the session for whatever reason, this has only been tested during qualifying and the race, is there a reason or fix due on this?
On our facebook page we also have a pinned post where our drivers or followers can report bugs or issues they find, there have been a few already so far, some we have been able to solve, some, well would be worth taking a look at if you don't mind, just one i will mention is drivers getting a jump start penalty but a safety car comes out and cancels there penalty, and the time the safety car stopped on track suddenly and caused damage to the lead car.
Here is a link to our pinned bugs report post https://m.facebook.com/#!/story.php?story_fbid=1091841957559214&id=471178849625531
Thank you for taking the time to read this, Being negative is not my intention, we want to be able to put on a great show of what is looking like the best F1 game by Codemasters so far, with these situations mentioned, it will be difficult for anyone to be able to put on a great showing of there league. For Front Row Racing we do not feel we can start our league season until most of these items are resolved.
Dave Paling (FrontRowRacin_DP)