I’m driving on level 79 and my story until now with the game is good.
Often drive McLaren on Grand Prix mode and career mode, so I’m aware that the car shouldn’t be winning, but fighting to be the best of the rest.
On FPs, Qualis and Races it is the same, always fighting to get a 7th place, with luck I get a 6th or a 5th on race with strategy and some luck (accidents or drivers ahead getting punished on race grid).
Just raced last night a whole weekend in Spain in Career Mode. Drive the FP2, FP3 Quali and Race, one after the other. Took me some good hours. Results: 7th place FP2. Best time 1:18,700. 6th place FP3. Best time 1:18,300. Quali 7th Place. Best time 1:18,100. Pole time: 1:17,100
All times ahead were from Mercedes - generally 1s ahead, on FP2 the difference was 0.6s (low difference); Red Bull with Verstappen 0.2/0.4s behind Mercedes.. The Ferraris.. 0.5/0.7s Behind Mercedes.. and Albon 0.9s behind Mercedes.
All times behind were really close.. Sainz always 0.1/0.2 tenths behind.. Racing Points and Ricciardo were floating from 0.1 through 0.4 behind. The Alpha Tauri’s was just behind with Ocon Renault in the middle of them.
I was ahead Vettel on FP3, since seems he had some issues and solely drove few laps with hard compound.
Started Race in 6th (Bottas punished 10 grid places). Was so lucky on the race start, that I found myself at 1st place after second turn. From this point, Verstappen, which turn to be 2nd begins to fight with me so hard that he ran into the back of my car on the hairpin at Turn 10 and got some damage in his front wing. Lucky again, he went to the pit. Now I got leclerc behind and also furious driving. His car is super fast and I can’t defend myself too much. Just heroic two laps after, lose position just before Turn 1. Hamilton came and we fight also 2 laps.. I knew that it was matter of time, but box called just before. Back in the back of the grid (17th), now with medium compound. Russell ahead, Latifi behind and Verstappen after. Easy overtakes of me and Verstappen, and we were fighting with all cars ahead that did not stop yet (Giovinazzi, Both Alpha Tauri and Renault, Raikkonen and Pérez). After something around 10 laps, we passed all them and with the box strategies concluded for the first stint we were now in third (Behind Hamilton and Leclerc), just ahead Vettel. Vettel was 5s behind and begins to cut this difference by almost half second per lap. We was way faster, but we share the first and second turn, I was outside of Turn 1 and inside Turn 2, but now we have the long Turn 3 and I’m bit ahead but outside again. Full throttle, in my line, giving all inside space, and Vettel lose some grip and go a little bit outside. His left front tyre touch my right rear one and we lost control, my car had shaken a lot, almost spin but could save. Vettel, spinned and slightly touch at the wall losing Part of the front wing.
He had to pit to change and after some laps retired with mechanical issues.
Sainz was behind me (5s) followed by Stroll. Verstappen and Bottas lost so much time trying to pass the middle tier cars and are behind them. I could easily open 2/4 tenths per lap from Sainz.. open almost 10s. Then Verstappen and Bottas passed Sainz and Stroll. But now, with only 6 laps remaining I was way ahead and 3rd place was achievable. They finished 9s behind me.
So, my opinion is that, apart of Ferrari over strength, I could fight to be the best of the rest with McLaren. However Mercedes, Red Bull, especially Verstappen and the Ferraris are faster than me. Albon is racing just like as real life, sandbagging. Haahhaha
My teammate always are close Behind or a little ahead, and Racing Point’s and Renault are the cars that used to fight with me. Alpha Tauri, Haas, Williams and Alfa Romeo are always behind and I could easily handle with them on races.