Personally, I think it's ridiculous we can't pick our teammate. Sure, I get it, if I was just a driver in real F1, I don't have a choice. However, this is a video game, where I get to drive a F1 car in a virtual world. Let me play the game how I want. I get that there's a fine line between the sim community, and the general gaming community, then the arcade community. However with a game that's clearly not trying to be full sim, or full arcade, just give the player the option! If you want it "sim" and you aren't keen on picking your own team mate... dont. If you want to... give me the option to. It's really quite simple.
I can't for the life of me figure out why this hasn't been patched in yet. I get why you can't if you go through F2 first. It would likely just mess with the programming for Weber and the other guy in the story mode. But if I'm skipping that, I can already join whatever team I want, so why not let me have the option to pick a teammate too? Its not breaking any immersion, if I'm skipping F2, Im essentially a "nobody" driver walking straight into F1 and signing with Mercedes or Ferrari as 2nd driver? Unlikely. There's no realism to any of it, so just give the option to the player.