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  1. TooManyHours

    Frustrated New Player F1 2019

    Glad I could help F15Doc and thanks for the tip on the engine parts Andrew. In the past the only racing games I've played were in the Gran Turismo and Forza series. They were strictly tuning and racing - no car skill trees and no career mode as such. The only thing I knew about F1 before I got this game was what I learned from watching a Netflix doc a couple of months ago called "Drive to Survive" which covered the 2018 season. That got me interested and I started watching youtube videos of F1 2018 career mode - different people going through the season - aarava being one of them - as you showed in the screen capture above. So when 2019 came out I had to buy it. I can't actually watch any of the races - where I live in Canada, TSN (The Sports Network) has exclusive rights to broadcast F1 and my TV provider wants to charge me an extra $ 25 a month for the TSN package over and above what I already pay. But I'm enjoying the game non the less.
  2. TooManyHours

    Frustrated New Player F1 2019

    Hi F15Doc… Warning, a long post ahead… As a first time player of any F1 game myself, I can feel your pain. I fully agree with you in that it can be difficult to figure out at times – there is a lot of details embedded in the game and as an F1 licensed product, I imagine that it stringently sticks to F1 rules for a variety of things (like the number of different power unit components you are allowed to have in a season or how often you can change your gearbox). So here is a random set of pointers that I’ve been able to figure out... These will only apply to the solo career mode – at this point, I’m not interested in the multiplayer part of the game at all. First off, I play on a PS4 with a game controller (i.e. the game pad) as I do not own a wheel. I’ve also set up the options to play with lots of assists until I get more comfortable with how everything works (like auto ERS, auto shifting etc.). There are 6 practice components spread out over 3 practice sessions. You can’t do them all in one session but you can do them in any order and, you can repeat them if you want (although you won’t get full points for repeating them, only points for where you improved them). Also, each test has a minimum target time that you have to complete your laps for the test to register as successful. The time in the upper right will be green if you are over and red if you are under (and it will show you by how much you are over or under). Track Acclimatization – drive through the gates as fast as you can and hit the DRS when you cross over the panel on the road – gates are placed around corners and if you miss the first gate of a corner or fail it because you were going too slow, you fail the other gates on the same corner and they will be red before you even get to them. Hitting consecutive corners will get you bonus points. Green is a pass on the gate and purple is the best. They give you 3 laps to do it. For DRS – you use it when you are in a DRS zone and during the practice sessions it can be used any time you are in a DRS zone. The game will make a ding when you are in a zone – they are the long straight sections and there can be 1 and sometimes 2 on a track. During an actual race, you have to complete 2 laps before it will be activated and when you are in a DRS zone, you can only use it when you are less than 1 second behind the car ahead (the game won’t allow you to use it if you are more and 1 second behind). Tire Management – take corners smoothly and accelerate smoothly (i.e. no tire skidding). Fuel Management – coast into the corners and break later that you normally would and then accelerate smoothly as well. This test is annoying for me because the first lap seems very hard and I sometimes fail but then it improves for the second or third lap. There is also a strategy of just going full out on the lap getting ahead of your designated time by a couple of seconds, not caring about the fuel in the red but then coasting before you get to the finish line and letting the bar slide into the green zone by the time you cross over the line. ERS Management – I just set it to low and it goes into the purple fairly quickly and after 1 lap I’m done. Qualifying Pace – just like the description – it’s a practice for the real qualifying. Race Strategy – you are given 5 laps but after 3, they determine the pit and tire strategy that will be used in the race. Laps 4 and 5 are optional but will get you a more accurate strategy and bonus points. And don’t forget to check the Team goals, the 7th item at the end of the list – you get bonus points for achieving a set of goals while you run through the different practice sessions (like achieving fast sector times in qualifying, hitting all the DRS spots in track acclimatization etc.) Research & Development – where you spend your resource points… Everyone has their own opinions on what they want to spend their points on and when. There are a number of different strategies like - Compare your car to where the rest of them are and focus on what needs the improving the most - Some people will spend on all the nodes that reduce the cost of components so that down the road it costs less to upgrade overall - Some people will spend on nodes that reduce failure rates I’m on the Alpha Romeo team for 3 reasons – Reason 1 - I wanted to pick a team that focused on sportsmanship and was near the bottom so I could build it up over the season to be more competitive Reason 2 – With them being near the bottom I figured it would be easy to beat the low expectations (qualifying and finishing 18 – really?) Reason 3 – Kimmy is my partner – nothing more need be said Alpha Romeo is second worst in aero and chassis and are pretty good on the powertrain side. (Note: with the 1.5 patch recently released, Alpha Romeo got a big boost in the aero department). I started by spending points upgrading aero and chassis and during Spain the engineer was giving me messages about my turbo charger and gearbox which I ignored and in Monaco my gearbox completely crapped out during the race. I suddenly learned the value of the Durability branch of the tree (of which I had spent no points at all). And I also discovered the following very important F1 rules that the game employs... - You have to use your event gearbox for 6 consecutive races or suffer grid penalties (you can change your practice gearbox as often as you like) - For the entire season you are only allowed to use 3 Internal combustion engines, turbo chargers and motor generator unit – heat - For the entire season you are only allowed to use 2 motor generator unit – kinetic, energy stores and control electronics In other words, you have to make your stuff last long enough before you are allowed to replace them or you'll end up just watching the final races. So I decided to actually delete my career save and start again with a proper plan. I mapped out all 21 races and now I know that... - after Monaco, Hungary and Mexico I need to change my event gearbox - after Canada and Italy I need to change my Internal combustion engine, turbo charger and motor generator unit – heat - after Germany I need to change my motor generator unit – kinetic, energy store and control electronics So now I’m putting points into Durability for all my components before I start putting points into other 3 categories so that my components will last through to change then time. Hope this helps in some way...
  3. TooManyHours

    Newb questions about replacing a gearbox

    Thanks
  4. First time playing an F1 game and my first exposure to a racing game with a career mode where you have to do all of this car maintenance. Up until this point, I've only used resource points for Chassis, Powertrain and Aerodynamics upgrades and ignored whatever was happening in the Vehicle Maintenance section. During the Monaco race my gearbox crapped out (77% wear). Now I suddenly see the use of the durability branch of the skill tree. So since it was the 6th race, apparently I'm allowed to replace my gearbox with no grid penalty. So I ordered one and I ordered a practice one too. They are listed as pending - how long does it take to get them and once I get them, do I simply just "fit" them to replace them? In other words, since I didn't order the gearbox until after Monaco, am I screwed for Canada or other races if it takes 2 weeks or more to get one? Also, the game says that you have to use your main gearbox for Practice 3, qualifying and the race itself and you use the practice gearbox for Practice 1 and 2. Does the game just automatically assign the proper gearbox to the session you need to use them for or do you actually have to tell it which gearbox you want to use for each session? And if you have to manually assign gearboxes to different sessions, how do you do that? I find the game doesn't really have any tutorials about how all this maintenance is supposed to work.
  5. I still don't really understand the green. Here is an example of lap times for Sector 3 in one of my races and the color the sector box was when I crossed the start / finish line: Lap 1 -> 47.932 Lap 2 -> 48.138 -> Green (slower than the first lap so why green and not red?) Lap 3 -> 47.292 -> Purple (fastest time in this sector - makes sense) Lap 4 -> 48.048 -> Green (again why is this green and not red?) Lap 5 -> 47.145 -> Purple (new fastest time in this sector - makes sense) Lap 6 -> 48.005 -> Red (why is this one red when it is actually faster than the 2 green laps?) The only laps that make sense are the 2 purple ones.
  6. I'm racing the solo F2 championship and can someone please explain the 3 sector colors - purple, red, green. I can figure out that purple is my personal best for that sector and red & green are slower times. I've been recording the colors after each lap and then comparing all the lap sector times after the race. But I can't figure out how green is determined. For example, when I look at the lap times for my driver, I'll have a sector time of 21.718 for lap 3 that was listed as red but on lap 7 for the same sector a time 21.976 was green. Are those times for only my driver or are they compared to all other drivers in the race. Thanks
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