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  1. I'd have liked a different way of control in MyTeam as I think the logic of the owner/driver thing just really doesn't work. I know their reasoning they give is that it is a driving game and not a management game but that's not what I mean.

    I'd like to be the created owner, as it is now, as that's the purpose of the mode.  However, i'd not want my fictional created character to be a driver. I'd want to be able to choose two different real drivers, say Piastri and Pourchaire and you hire them both to your team and you can choose which one to be on any given weekend, but you have to drive as one of them, obviously. (or just sim if you don't feel like it).

    I get that some people have more attachment to their created driver so would want to be them still, so by all means, keep the option to be an owner/driver in the original set-up. 

    That way, you could hire Vettel and actually drive as him to the title. I guess that's where the problem lies in that you can pretend to be a real driver in a 'real season'. But.... it's a game, so you know, it doesn't matter. 

  2. Tilke is an interesting character. He's basically monopolised the F1 circuit business so he, and his company, get basically all the contracts.  There are positives and negatives but most people know what they are after seeing about 5 of his tracks as they're generally similar cookie-cuts of each other.  He does have some decent tracks, and then some which are meh.

    I think he's possibly hampered these days by the insistence on more street tracks, more middle-eastern locations and more street tracks in middle eastern locations.  Myself, I've never been a fan of a street track but I can admit a few do produce decent racing but rarely on the level of a fit-for-purpose track.   Also when he creates an idea for a track, I assume he bases the possibilities and capabilities around what cars, and technology, are like at that point.  When he was doing tracks in the 90's and early 00's, I don't imagine he was anticipating the hard-to-follow monsters that we have at the moment so sometimes the tracks can be a damp squib in different eras. 

    That being said, he's done wonders for safety and facilities. Although, sometimes perhaps too much for safety as there's less jeopardy in the excessive run-off areas but none of us want fireballs and death so it's not the biggest compromise to have run-offs everywhere.


    Regarding the poll; I imagine the first flurry is over now and it'll be the occasional odd person here and there who votes but (at the moment it is 38 voters) which is more than enough to see a pattern. 

    • The newer, or more recently appearing, tracks are definitely more popular. 
    • Despite only appearing twice, and i'm not sure with fans either time, Portimao is very popular and joint for the lead with Turkey (which isn't a surprise). Its inclusion this year in the game probably has established it as a favourite for alot of people. 
    • Hockenheim is one vote more popular than Nurburgring but both are quite high so there's still alot of appetite for a German track. I'd definitely like Germany back on the calendar.
    • China only has 14 votes and I thought it'd be more popular than that. If anything, this poll certifies it probably won't be on next years game as a gift. I think it'll be on the real calendar again in a few years anyway though.
    • There were some tracks that started really well and then faded. Sepang being the most evident but I was surprised how well Mugello did, and has done, as it is currently joint fourth. 
    • Kyalami faded quite quickly and is now as popular as Estoril, and less so than Buddh (which I quite liked). 


    Current top 6 -

    1. Istanbul Park - Turkey - 31 Votes

    1. Portimao - Algarve/Portugal - 31 Votes

    3. Hockenheim - Germany - 23 Votes

    4. Mugello - Italy - 22 votes

    4. Nurburgring - Germany - 22 votes

    6. Sepang - Malaysia - 21 votes


    China is down in 7th with 14 votes and that gulf between 6th and 7th, I think, shows that if Codemasters wanted to include new tracks then they'd be the six worth including.  Obviously they can't all come in the same year so it'll have to be spread out over 2/3 years. 

    Miami and a few track amendments for next year mean i'd be happy if they did Portimao (which is mostly there anyway) and two other tracks.

    Then the following year is just Russia currently (Igora Drive). Maybe people will want Sochi to stay?  😂  Otherwise, the other three would be worth looking at.

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  3. 2 minutes ago, ScaredDuck said:

    I’ve clicked brands hatch as it’s my favourite track ever..  but brands can’t host an actual f1 race anymore as pits don’t meet requirements (cough Monaco cough) So shouldn’t really be an option.. but spot on with the rest.. nice selection. And no I didn’t click on all.  About half

    I went with a technicality as extension of belief. For example, in F2, they don't actually park in the pits but they do in the game.

    I presumed, since it's not based on a real track, they could shoehorn the teams into respectively-located garages and make do. 😋

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  4. Just now, ScaredDuck said:

    What he said

    With hindsight, I should probably have put it into the topic header but it's not a mandate as going over isn't the end of the world!   I still think there'll be a general gist anyway of which ones will get the most popularity and then it can be better organised if a further poll is needed.

    This was just to dip a toe in the water and see how the idea would resonate of which ones, if any, people would like to see. I just didn't want 20 tracks all having 20 votes! 

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  5. 3 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    Maybe i should have read this post before making my vote of half the tracks you put up🤔😂

    I did think to just allow everyone to vote for any they'd like to see, but I thought if 20 people voted and like 10 circuits had 20 votes then that'd not particularly clarify matters 😂

    I could restrict it so only one track is allowed to be chosen but could you narrow it down to just one?  I definitely couldn't!

    I don't mind if people do tick all the ones they like as i'd only want about 10 of them anyway and have no real interest in the others. 

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  6. 29 minutes ago, Marko4455 said:

    somebody should make poll...which tracks we want..I am sure many people would vote 😁😁😁😁

    Seemed like a half-decent idea in terms of at least providing evidence for which ones would seem popular so I chucked one together quickly. I'm not expecting it to 'take off' or anything but i'd certainly be curious to which ones would get the most traction. 

    Hopefully, even if it only gets 20 votes or something, if it highlights a significant comparative volume of which ones are popular then that may be a track(s) they'd look at including if/when they go down the line of further circuits. 


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  7. 6 minutes ago, Ultra3142 said:

    Does your username relate to a premonition about the upcoming festive season?

    In that the Turkey delivery chain is collapsing and people are eyeing up the ducks for a Christmas Dinner replacement?  I'd definitely be a little nervous too!

    12 minutes ago, ScaredDuck said:

    I am all knowing 

    Us mere limited mortals cannot compare to your foreknowledge of track-based matters! 😁


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  8. 27 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    I agree with the last part for sure but i dont think that in the long run the engineers will be that different in skill, not taking Adrian Newey into account that guy is insane lol, but lets take 2009 as an example, you would agree that Ferrari and McLaren and maybe Renault would have the best engineers as they had the best reputation and yet the teams that got the ground breaking idea of double diffuser were Toyota and Brawn. Again im sure it will have an impact (reputation) but its not gonna be as bad as the past, engineers usually stay pretty loyal to their teams but we will see how good it will workout😄

    Can't argue with the Newey praise.  These days you usually get people who are specialists in their field and competent at the other aspects of engineering.  It's rare to find someone with such understanding of so many aspects of a cars development. 

    It's possible you're right.  I'm not saying that the best will all go there and the rest of the teams will have people who suck as all of the people involved are all exceptionally bright, plus you can only have one 'Lead' and you'll probably have a few highly competent people that will end up being exceptional leads for various teams, just that the cream rises to the top usually.    

    With so little information on how well the teams are getting on with development, it's all guesswork as to how close it'll be but i'm, at least, glad it was delayed a year as this has been my favourite season since 2012. 

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  9. 6 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    I think you overplay this lol and biggest costs are not the staff in F1 but the development and as they also limit wind tunnel testing its quite likely to work a lot better than anything in Football.. Of course there will always be gaps because different minds have different ideas but its not gonna be as bad as the past 10 years in the long run

    I'm not really concerning the costs of the staff (such as their wages) but the knowledge they have. The 'better' ones will end up migrating to the bigger teams (as expected) and they'll find ways to discover loopholes faster than the other teams and thats when the gaps will form again. 

    The wind tunnel testing thing is an excellent idea as it balances risk and reward but may result in yo-yo teams. Like Haas have a sensational 2022 and finish, say, 4th. Less development time means they'll struggle in 2023 and finish 8th. Then they'll have more development time and finish 4th or 5th again in 2024. Less development time the following season and return to the back.   The bigger teams will be able to do more with the limited time so won't be as affected. 

    I'm not disagreeing with you, nor what they're doing, as I think it's a step in the right direction. I just don't think it's all going to be sunshine and rainbows forever more before it falls apart because the bigger teams have found exploits. 

    I wouldn't be overly disappointed if a team was dominant for just one season as long as it was someone new.  If, say, McLaren were dominant and it was Norris and Ricciardo then it'd still be fresh to see someone but Merc/Red Bull up there. Like 2009 with Brawn is remembered okayish as it was a one-off (and barely lasted half a season) whereas Merc aren't as popular as they've been consistently good for 8 seasons that it's strangled the sport. 

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  10. 45 minutes ago, pashabotceps said:

    I never got any crazy driver moves in 2020 game and 2021 game as well.I hardly even get driver moves, only when i move teams or when someone is retiring


    Do you play MyTeam or Driver Career, or both?

    I don't get too many odd things happening on my Driver Career but MyTeam really has its moments.

    It does have things that happen across a few saves though. Alonso seems to go to Alpha Tauri alot and Russell frequently ends up at Alpine. Raikkonen has often gone to Aston mid-season 1 before retiring at the end of Season 1.   So I have a definite pattern of events that occur regularly. 

  11. On 10/23/2021 at 9:54 PM, Meza994 said:

    That i can fully agree on, the budget cap is the best way and longterm quite likely to minimize the gap between teams

    It's definitely a first step but these people are some of the best and brightest and it won't be too long and they'll find loopholes and the gaps will increase. 

    To revert back to the football analogies that have been bandied around. Bayern Munchen/Munich (whatever name you prefer).   The rules of the Bundesliga mean they can't massively overspend like the Oil countries but they don't need to. The allure of their name means they get players/staff for less money, if any.   Players seem to run down their contracts and then they sign for Bayern for peanuts.  This doesn't happen every time, obviously, but is a recurring theme that the better people go where there is a higher chance of success. 

    The budget cap will bring things back in line for a while but eventually that too will be circumvented because that's just how the world works.

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  12. A switch to have transfers off just doesn't work with the logic of the game, at least in MyTeam.  MyTeam requires driver changes and if you can't change drivers then there's no point to the mode.

    If you get beyond season 5 with Alonso still knocking around then he has around 75 pace, which if you turn transfers off means Alpine would be pants every race as everyone else is in the 90's so will be faster than him. Merc would have the problem with Lewis and Alfa with Kimi.   If you stop declining stats then you have to simultaneously stop stats increase too which means Russell/Mick/etc will be underperforming the entire time. 

    Driver transfers have to be a thing so turning them off just doesn't work.  It just needs to be sensible, which is subjective, or give control to the player. 

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  13. On 10/22/2021 at 3:12 PM, Nuvolarix said:

    And what about to introduce the Sprint Qualifying format? Once Formula 1 seems oriented towards maintaining the format, and indeed increasing its use. Possibly at the user's choice.


    I do wonder what the general consensus of Sprint Qualifying is amongst the fans.  I like the fact it means there's another session that means something but i'm not a fan of the winner getting 'Pole Position', nor the format in general.   

    I went to Silverstone and, despite what they were saying on the commentary when I rewatched it... it was dull. Alonso was the only bright spark and most of that occurred the other side of the track to me as I was near Abbey.   Italy was better but that was because Hamilton fell backwards and it was him trying to catch up, otherwise again it didn't feel magical but did make the 'normal' qualifying appear alot less important. 

    It's going to be at 8 races next year, I think?   Not a fan of the half-assing it by making random weekends different from each other but I expect there are loads of people that love the idea.  It just feels like a change for changes sake so they can say they're 'freshening things up'. 

  14. It's with the developers. That's all I can say about it really as there's no news on what they intend to do.

    I'm hoping it's to allow control over Driver Transfers to allow it to work as it is supposed to, but people keep asking for them to be turned off completely which seems like the cheap way out so as a quick-fix, they'll probably throw that in and say it's another job done successfully.

    I had the same issue in Driver Career where Larsen (I think. It's a Danish female classic car driver) joined Mercedes and I just lost all enthusiasm.  I was doing 100% races so it was an especially painful kick in the gonads to not want to continue with it, so I feel your pain. 

    Fun fact; in 27 seasons of F1 2021 (mostly simming or 25% to Podium Pass Grind), Leclerc is the only driver on my game who has never moved team nor retired. He's been at Ferrari every season. 

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  15. 11 hours ago, Sector4 said:

    I hope they put the 2021 F2 drivers in the driver market. There's like 5 drivers I'd really like to hire in My Team. 

    Off-topic but I am curious to whom the 5th one would be. It'd have to be someone who wasn't on this iteration of the game.

    Now, Piastri, Pourchaire, Lawson and Vips are pretty much givens, surely?

    I can only assume Deledda isn't top of the wishlist, despite his mercurial talents. 

    Verschoor - Seems fairly handy without being too exciting.

    Zendeli - I think his helmet makes him more appetising. Although I imagine that novelty would wear off and you could just be him in Grand Prix.

    Nannini - Bring the name back to the grid?

    Beckmann - He's driven for two teams so far and I very almost forgot he was on the grid. Means he's not one i'm thinking it'll be.

    Boschung - Was on last years. Maybe hired him on that and had a sentimental attachment?

    Petecof - If he's even in the game then he's the only one statistically worse than Deledda so maybe a bottom-of-the-barrel to the top-of-the-tree story?

    Viscaal - A race to get a Dutch driver to the title before Max?  I would assume Verschoor would be better for that though. 

  16. 16 minutes ago, GoSuarez99 said:

    My dream soundtrack would include Diary of Jane-Breaking Benjamin, This is how I Disappear-My Chemical Romance, Crush-Pendulum, and some more 

    Ah, i'd be all over this.  Late 00's music may be a little outside their preferred time-range but some absolute bangers would be possible.

    It can make a game memorable. For example, there was a game called Driven to Destruction and I still remember it now simply because it had Hoobastank - Same Direction on it.  That's like 15 years since I played that so music can make a game stand the test of time.

    Would be interesting to know what kinda music people would be interested in having but I imagine there'll be wide variety of genres. 

  17. 5 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    Its not the driver ratings that make Bottas OP.. Its the stats bonuses.. the make him exactly the same as Hamilton stats wise..

    The facility bonuses are an issue. There was a period a few months ago where they were turned off and it was kinda working in terms of balancing (except your F2 MyTeam teammate was pants and wouldn't grow).

    Whenever they're active, every driver gets a 10+ or 15+ and it's like they're all 99 rated for the most part.   It's a particular scenario where you could have a 4m Gasly and he'd have the same stats as £20m Lewis... so nobody would ever choose Lewis for 5x the money. It seemed to affect second drivers more than first drivers and it was most evident with Bottas as he's the most obvious barometer of comparison. 

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  18. 23 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    2020 Merc was not only statistically the fastest car, it is the fastest car by a lot, even in Monza it was 0.7s faster than the best time of 2004 which is quite much considering its the track most suiting 2004 cars (lightweight through the slow corners, highest top speeds and acceleration) and on the opposite kinda track -> Hungary 2020 cars were 5s faster and 2s quicker in Nürburgring quali which was after the engine mode ban so probably at least another second if they were using party mode.. so if they would go for a time trial version of the W11 that has party mode going it would be possibly even 7-8s quicker than 2022 cars, i doubt it will happen but it would be cool

    I have absolutely nothing against the idea and it has a purpose of including the fastest car ever, rather than it just being a classic car that people generally like! 

    I know nothing about how next years F1 car is going to actually feel when driving but I imagine it's going to feel like a slightly more stable (and quicker) F2 car in comparison to the current F1 cars.  Going from the 2022 Haas (assuming they're still backmarkers) to 2020 Merc would be a hell of a contrast! 

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  19. 2 minutes ago, Meza994 said:

    Well yeah China is off which is why i suggested it as a DLC track which players need to pay for, its a leagues classic and a good version in the games so IF they should decide to do more than just the official calendar for a DLC it would be a good pick, same with Portimao.. The goal behind such a DLC is to get more tracks then only the calendar but especially for 2023 im aware that there is quite a lot of work with already 2 new tracks they need to make so tracks already done (Portimao, China, Sepang) are a more easy way to achieve this.

    I dont think theyd keep a track in the game thats not on the calendar (needs extra licence) without extra pay..

    I'm aware that you were aware about China!  I merely meant that if China is coming back the following year then they'll probably think about keeping it on a retainer (such as DLC). You know, make sure that the track works with the current iteration of cars, plan AI lines and behaviour for the different car. So they'd only have to cover one year of performance changing 2021 -> 2022 -> 2023 instead of hopping two 2021 -> 2023. 

    I'd like them to include China (as it's there) and Portimao and Turkey as the most likely replacements anyway. That's three tracks and only one that requires any work! 

    Sepang was last used in 2017, I think. That'd be 5 years by the time 2022 comes around so I don't know how much has changed in terms of their game since then so it might not be the quick fix we'd expect.  It might be a little tricky but it's definitely less work than starting one from scratch!

    I'm pretty sure there'll be nothing 'extra' next year. There'll be a calendar cut-off date around February and that'll be the 23 tracks. If Portimao is switched in after that cut-off date then it can be shoe-horned in but anything they'd have to put in any work, I don't think they'd do it. 

  20. I see, so it's just a time-trial based thing!   That does make sense as people do like speed and it is interesting to note just how fast a car can go around certain tracks.  Like in 2020, the Mercedes is the fastest car there has ever been statistically (although 2004 still holds some records, I think) and it only went around 14 tracks. I'd personally be curious to how fast it could go around tracks that it didn't in real life. 

    Personally, i'm not as fast as Lewis Hamilton so i'll probably never know if I was to try and do it myself but i'd see it on Time Trial as some people are that fast.  

    I wouldn't expect to see it, but I never complain about getting more stuff so not aggrieved if it is included! 

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  21. I've not used it personally, but I did get sent a link a few weeks ago from a friend who said they use the following webpage for all their setup needs.  I'm not sure if it is time-trial based or race-based but I cannot view the page while at work as it is blocked under game-based filters so I can't say.

    Hopefully you find something useful to you on there, but if not, hopefully someone will! 

    F2 Setups - F1 Car Setups 2021

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