I realize this post is about a month old. I hope you're having more success and figuring out how to navigate the different activities in the game, and the basic rules to F1 racing. This is also my first F1 game. I've played all the other racing games, but I was a little intimidated of it, tbh. I used to watch Indy Racing. I grew up a mile away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but I never really got into F1. Learning the rules and strategies are vital. I struggle with pit strategies and managing components in Career. I found F12017 on PS Now and played it for a week or so for free. I was so impressed, that I bought the latest installment. And I struggled. I still have a hard time on certain tracks. But, I'm having so much fun that it's the only game I've been played for weeks.ê The first thing I would say is to stay away from the career mode until you have some laps under your belt and are proficient to do just enough to keep a ride for the first half or so of your rookie year. Other than that, what I did was searched for all the good F1 YouTubers and subscribed. A couple of good examples are "Tiametmarduk" and "TRL Limitless." Both of them have outstanding content, including a ton of tutorials. I watch as many their vids as I can. When I have a question I type it in Google, and because of my YouTube subscriptions, I usually get offered nearly exact content I was asking about. Sometimes it's based off of F12018 or 2017, but not all questions are necessarily specific to the generation. The biggest part though is a lot of practicing. It's just like anything else you want to succeed at, you have to put the time in.
If you have the means, get a wheel. You can get a decent wheel and pedals for under $200. I put my wheel on a $30 portable workbench and it worked fine for me. It's definitely not a necessity, there are some very fast YouTubers that use a paddle/joystick. But, I like the force feedback and being able to map the ERS, brake bias, and fuel mix to buttons so I don't have to take my eyes off the screen. I will attach a photo of my Logitech G29. I bought it refurbished for $150. You will also notice what I have it attached to now. I got a very good deal on that too. My boss got married and his new wife told him there wasn't any room for it. I basically got it for free for going to remove it from the front yard. It's less than a month old. Nice to have, but I enjoyed my old workbench setup just the same.
I've only been playing for maybe 2 - 3 months now and I finally graduated to turning off the last assist I had turned on -- Flashback. It gets uncomfortable after turning one off, but you will learn how to upshift to keep wheel spin down, find your own braking points based off signs or shadows on the track, etc. Every video or article I read said that turning off assists as soon as you can is vital to being good at the game. Change to med TCS and other mid-level assist aids before turning them off completely if you want. But, you can easily turn off an assist and practice for an hour or so in Time Trial, and you'll be good to go. An hour in time trial is a ton of practice laps. But, leave assists on too long and you'll end up depending on them. Plus some of them are just distracting on the screen. It's a fantastic game and very rewarding when you turn your first lap in manual gears with no TCS and are able to keep pace.
Sorry if this was rambly, but I was searching for something else and saw your post. I felt your pain, so to say. I got so frustrated with F1 2019 that I was about to just give up. But, I am not a quitter. Good luck, cheers, and all that.