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  1. It's classed as to the end of the Monza race.  Regarding the changes, I.... was not impressed. 

    Russell is still below where he should be. I get it's for driver-car balancing to make sure he's not doing too well in the Williams but it usually means he sucks if/when he moves teams.  For example, he moves to Aston against Vettel and Seb destroys him. That could be a one-user experience and he's good on other peoples saves though. 

    I can only imagine whomever does the ratings has it in for Leclerc.  Either he didn't respond to their fanmail or their partner has a crush on him and they're taking it out on him. He's been undervalued both years and now Sainz is level with him.  A Sainz who, while doing better than people thought he would, still isn't near his level. 

    Ocon was penalised 14 awareness points for moving over into Vettel's path.   How on earth did Russell/Bottas not get worse for Imola then?  Or Lewis for taking out Max at Silverstone or Max on Lewis at Monza.   Why has a small indiscretion like that brought the hammer down on Ocon whereas the others got smaller decreases for more dangerous antics?   Plus Stroll is now a crash-a-race weapon and he wasn't dropped like a stone. 

    Perez has scored like 16 points in 6 races. He's dropped a little but he should be in the toilet for scores if it's actually based on measurable evidence. 

    Mazepin is now alot closer to Schumi than at the start of the seaso, and if anything, he's dropping further back in the scores.


    Tbh, I could pick them all apart but I don't think the scores are particularly remedying anything wrong with the game as it's just someone arbitrarily plucking numbers out their kazoo.   In a criticism of the actual process, it does feel like the scores should generally stay more or less the same but with minor increases and decreases. It's not like a driver wakes up and is suddenly alot less talented than he was the day before. What should change is the focus stat (if that actually does anything) but that seems like it hasn't worked, still doesn't and will continue to not work.    I presume there'll be an overhaul of the scoring system next year so it actually works, and can also make logical sense. 

  2. 51 minutes ago, DAVB12 said:

    Another question that comes to mind is whether the game will remain available to ps4 users or they will already make the definitive jump to ps5. 

    It's quite an important point as you'd not want them to create two different games as that'd take even longer for issues to get fixed if there's another platform to support. So you'd assume they'd keep the game the same between PS4 and PS5 until the next-gen crossover which still looks over a year away tbh.  It's way too early for them to commit to F1 2022 being PS5 only as they'd lose so many sales so we can pretty much rule that out. 

    Therefore the game will be hamstrung to the lowest common denominator (PS4) so won't have all the bells and whistles it would do when it goes to prioritising PS5. 

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  3. On 9/23/2021 at 7:19 AM, ScaredDuck said:

    Also considering w series in the uk is televised and f3 isn’t...  

    I don't think this is overly important.  There are many reasons why W series is on normal tv and F3 is on Sky.   That wouldn't even matter to the millions of people who don't even live in the UK as why would someone in Zimbabwe have any interest in what British people can watch on one of its smaller channels. 

    The W Series is an extremely low level series that is three levels below F3 on the feeder chain. That's a whopping five below F1.  It's only 1 chassis difference (that I remember) but, in terms of prestige, it's bottom of the barrel. I'm all for including diversity and wouldn't be opposed to having the W Series in the games but saying 'because it's on TV' is tantamount to saying you might as well bring in karting because they have that on tv.   It's such a low level that it doesn't cost much to get the rights to host so a smaller channel snapped it up. 

    F3, as an actual FIA product is tied to the coverage of that, and is limited to Sky.  The key difference though is that it belongs to the FIA ladder and therefore makes more sense to be included from a competitive standpoint.  However, there does need to be female representation in the game (as there's nobody since Calderon has gone) but they'd be next to useless as they'd have such a low overall.

    For example, Nissany... sucks and he's 58.  (No idea how Samaia got 62). Yet Nissany would drive rings around the likes Mahaveer who was like 45.  Mahaveer is still better than some of F3 Fodder. Say, Deledda. Who should be about 40-42. (He won't be that low as he'd sue for character defamation).

    So the dregs of F3 when they're included would be mid 30's. Say Sophia Florsch, for example. Not the greatest racer by any means and one who classes herself as way too good for the W Series, and the worst thing is she's not entirely wrong bar one or two drivers.  The women of W series would be in the 20 OVR's at that rate... at best. What would be the point of hiring them. It would take like 5 seasons for them to even be F2 level?  


    I would love F2 and F3 to be included properly in MyTeam and have made several posts to that effect, but if i'm honest, it's probably not worth it for the narrow selection of people that actually would play those modes. It could easily be restricted to be optional to use F2 and F3 so those that have no interest can exclude it but then you're creating multiple game modes to cover those that do use the additional formulas and those that don't so that's already diverted resource.  

    I get those that say "they should fix the game first" but that's not the point. The game should work as standard and this being included is separate. It's about improving the game.  One thing that definitely needs to happen is more drivers.  At season 9, Hamilton, Sainz, Ricciardo, Kimi, Vettel, Alonso, Bottas, Russell and Perez have all retired. That means 11/22 aren't F1 drivers.  I like F2, I really do.  However, I don't overly think driving against the likes of Deletraz, Samaia, Nissany and Sato in F1 is remotely appealing.   I'm okay with the legends but not massively enthusiastic, yet the fact the AI can't hire them is pants.  So, if they could have the reserve drivers and recent drivers in the market pool then that would be good.  Drivers like KMags, Hulky and Kvyat are F1 quality drivers and feasibly should be on the grid. Hell, I'd even love to take Vandoorne as my teammate. Increasing the market pool is something they really need to do.

    Including Reserve, Recent, F3 AND W Series drivers, and their associated series, would be ideal but is there really much in the way of gain there?  That's the question. 

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  4. 21 minutes ago, KNT2011 said:

    Most reviews I read were supportive of the idea but criticised the story for lacking any edge, which is something I hope they take on board as I'm not against the idea on it's own but what they delivered was boring as hell. 

    I went through it to the end and thought it was okay.  Like, I wasn't expecting to like it so it's not a big disappointment that I found it abit meh but it's always good when new things are at least offered. Hopefully, their next big idea is one that i'd find more exciting but at least they're not just settling for what they've already output and capping it there.

    On the flip side, though. It depends what we had to sacrifice in order to get Braking Point.  Like, classic cars, the smaller tracks and championships have gone.   It doesn't necessarily mean they were curtailed for the inclusion of BP, but if they were, then i'd be more anti-BP than I am at the moment, as it really wasn't worth losing things over. 

  5. Just playing devils advocate, but it's only really been poorly received on here.  I highly doubt this forum was really the target audience for this mode so the feedback from this tiny corner of the internet probably won't deter them from persevering with this mode.  On other forums, and general feedback, people seemed to like it.  It's possible that a fair few people on here liked it but don't comment saying they do as they see the amount of negativity it gets and don't really want to argue against the hordes. 

    People on here seem to have different preferences to the mode but it may be a fools game to think that the opinions on here are indicative of the entire playerbase as a whole. Therefore i'd expect them to continue with the mode in future iterations (i'd say probably next year, but even possible that 2023, will be the next one now).  It's possible it'll be next years but they flick between two teams, I believe and it may be that one team focuses on experience improvements (like this) and the other on gameplay improvements (like MyTeam). 

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  6. Is there any indication of their inclinations towards this?   I am 95% sure it'll be a brush-it-under-the-carpet approach of just having an on/off option which would be pretty pants.  I guess relaxed (where anything goes) / realistic (where they're sensible) / off (nothing happens except driver team and then just a switch between your F2 driver choice and the replacement if you chose a real driver) is probably where people would be hedging their bets.

    I'm still crossing my fingers that they go the extra inch and make the transfers controllable, even if there are acclaim restrictions. (For example, Haas don't have the acclaim to sign Hamilton so you can't just bin the best drivers to the back of the grid). 

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  7. 1 hour ago, Sector4 said:

    Free mod on PC



    Paid DLC



    Even ignoring the odd-looking white part of the actual helmet; it looks awful in comparison to the modded one.  It may be the sponsors that make it look better but the DLC one just looks shiny and kinda cheap and tacky to me. 

    Makes me kinda want to get a PC just for the improved customisation possibilities that look like they fit in the paddock. 

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  8. 2 hours ago, Ultra3142 said:

    how about you have a go at constructively replying to something I've written rather than just giving it a thumbs down? Bear in mind that not liking a fact doesn't make it wrong...

    Please do not feed the trolls was something that I used to see on forums all the time.  I sense it's repetitive fishing so just don't bite, but it's not just you that is a recipient of it. I guess nothing will be done about it as, currently, there's no reason to explain dislikes.  Potentially a way of improving the forum is to have reasons for negative reactions.

    For example; 'this post was disliked for; (and then you have radio buttons) Misinformation, Distasteful, Etc.


  9. Again, having control over whom is going where is infinitely better than turning them off.  Please stop giving them a half-baked resolution of just turning them off as it just creates a new problem instead of fixing the first one. 

    Shwartzman is pants on my game. He usually ends up at Aston but never really gets many points. Although none of my f2 drivers ever do.

    I've had lower level drivers binned off mid-season?   Like at Williams, Drugovich was replaced by Ticktum who had better acclaim.  Seeing Bottas replaced by a lower acclaim is surprising though. 

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  10. Half-expecting a few comments to say that they empathise more with what Norris was doing at Eau Rouge than he was doing than what he was doing at the bus stop.  Spinning more than the Haas drivers will probably be a trophy in F1 2022 and poor Norris did it in one corner, but at least he's okay.  

    Watching this qualifying session does highlight the level of skill the drivers have, which the game will always find it hard to replicate. 

  11. There's a mystical, magical cut-off date somewhere in what seems to be January.

    Providing the race hasn't been postponed/cancelled by that point then it's in the game!   That standpoint exists for any track on the original calendar for 2022, with the possible exception of an overriding circumstance like;

    Hypothetically, the cutoff date is 20th January and there will be 23 races that season. On the 18th Jan, Miami backs out but the FIA insist that it will still be 23 tracks with a replacement announced shortly.

    It would be up to the discretion of the designers to say whether they'll keep Miami, replace it with the new one or include both. I imagine it would be conditional on how much work they'd have to do to bring the track in. Say it was replaced by Imola/Portimao then it wouldn't be too difficult to replace it. However, if it's a track like Kyalami then they don't have that so that's a tight schedule, particularly for release date in July so they may say we're leaving in Miami (as they'd have done alot of work on it anyway by that point) and then bringing Kyalami as free DLC.


    Regardless, at this point, any track confirmed to the 2022 calendar will be in the game. 

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  12. 4 hours ago, ScaredDuck said:

    Patches/updates are never fully baked... as rebalancing one bit.  They never bother to fix the bit that gets knocked out of balance as a result   Fifa biggest culprit oh and cricket19... as I said I’m old love me some test cricket 

    Love me some Cricket19.  I'm terrible at choosing shots so I hope you're better than me at it. I'm usually skittled out quicker than India at Headingly in their first innings. 😂

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  13. 2 hours ago, DRTApophis said:

    Haven't gotten that far myself since I've already migrated back to F1 2020, I'm just a bit tired of the current inferior calendar.

    But based on some personal experience in 2020, some F2 drivers are actually quite competitive despite their stats shown onscreen were no where near the F1 drivers. One example was Jordan King in Mercedes after Lewis retired, he literally made Super-Bottas wiped the floor in his first season despite the past 3 seasons was completely dominated by the Flying Finn.

    I'm not entirely sure what was the cause of it, but it probably shows just how unreliable and meaningless those numbers really are.

    I am literally just coasting until the three new tracks come out.  I think most of the little bugs will be resolved by that time and it'll be good to go.   I tried going back to F1 2020 but it felt like a betrayal like i'd lost faith. 😕

    I did have some competitive drivers in F1 2020. De Vries was always pretty handy, Aitken could do it on a good day and Hubert really shone.  I've not seen that level so far as in season 10, Zhou is the only F2 driver to score points... and he got 12... in a Merc which is still the fastest car. 

    The other 8 F2 drivers (and Mazepin) haven't scored one solitary point.   In the interest of fairness Mick has 207 points this season in a Red Bull and Perez has 83 points. So, he's got it...  but he is an F1 driver.

    I think, for a change, the numbers actually do mean something this year, and despite (last year) saying I wanted them to actually mean something important, I actually wish they didn't this time around!   Be careful what you wish for, I guess.  

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  14. 2 hours ago, diderooy said:

    I've been wondering about this myself; I'm not very far along still but it's hard to motivate myself to play these days.

    82 for the highest rated F2 guy is ridiculous. Lack of growth by the F2 guys is ridiculous. The best F2 guy never racing in F1 seems a little funny but it's honestly not that unrealistic.

    De Vries may get his shot 3 years late! (I still think that's unlikely but the poor guy can't do much else!)

    I don't know if Aitken would have been higher if he'd actually competed in some seasons?  I progressed from the end of Brazil to the start of Australia and they've dropped again. Aitken leads with 81, Drugo second on 75 and Shwarty third on 72.  No idea why they've all dropped a point.  Mazepin is 79 rated as an F1 driver, Schumi is now 90 and Tsunoda is 91.

    So even in the space of a fortnight, they're going weird and dropping. 

  15. With news that Qatar will potentially be coming, Brazil potentially being moved to mid November and Turkey potentially dropping out;.. I hope Codemasters have prepared accordingly for all of these changes to be included by the end of the month or I will have no choice but to be outraged they didn't see it coming back in March 2020 as everyone could predict that this exact scenario was going to happen ever since that first McLaren employee spluttered his first cough in Australia.

    I'm sure we'll be receiving confirmation that it'll all be in place ready to go by the end of the week. Personally, i'm excited to drive around the Diabolica this time on the 1st of September! No excuses as it takes someone decent at coding no longer than a Bank Holiday Weekend to whip up a track. I saw it on the internet, so it must be true. 

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  16. 13 minutes ago, QuickH said:

    I always have the feeling i'm driving on eggs. If i drive over the ideal line over die curbs, my car fly off. 

    At some point you get so frustrated, that you lose interest. 

    Maybe the Experts here with a super steering wheel have more fun with this game.

    That's Ok. 

    A friend of mine has the game forza motorsport 6 and the drive feeling is much better there.  

    I use a controller. Always have, and probably always will.   I'm far from an expert neither but i've no intention of being one though. 

    Tbh, you can just use the balanced set-up that you're assigned at the start of every race and that'll be okay for virtually all the tracks on the game even on controller. 

    You can keep trying to find excuses in peripherals but you have to accept, at some point, that the issue may be more internal if you're wanting it to be easy immediately. 

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  17. It's probably going to be an unintentional side effect but start a MyTeam and just sim everything. I'd recommend changing the Career sliders so your stuff is at maximum and the AI is at the lowest but this isn't essential.  For your main sponsor, just say "complete a full season" for the first one or two. Then change to "earn this amount of points" beyond then as your car will be the best after that. For the weekly sponsors, just choose the two that say 'have no DNFs' as you'll get the payout probably 18/19 times out of the 20 race season. Then you can max out your car so the last two sponsor things can be "finish above this place".

    Literally just start a race weekend and hover over Race and click simulate. You'll only get 300XP each for the first few races but once you've upgraded your car (as you still earn money and resource points whether you do anything or not) then you get 650XP for just finishing on the podium. You'll quickly fly through the podium pass without ever having done an actual race.

    You also get the trophies for winning a race, even if you didn't drive it.   Totally unethical and not as much fun as actually driving but you can do a season in a few hours hours if you fly through so if you need to harvest points at the end of the podium pass and are low on time then easy money.

    But don't let the powers that be in Codemasters notice this happens, it's our secret. 

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  18. I know most people won't have got that far by now but i'm two races from the end of Season 10.  (i'm just simming every race to show how 10 seasons of 100% races would pan out while waiting for the game to be at the level for starting a proper MyTeam... Spoiler alert, Mercedes dominate still until year 10).

    Now, I thought i'd have a look at the driver market to see how drivers are getting on as I noticed Alonso was getting trounced by Italian ***** at McLaren every race. His pace stat was only 75 so there is decline in there, as well as Hamilton still being at Merc (still the best team) and being a midfield driver.  So I like that. I mean, it sucks to be those drivers as they decline as soon as you start MyTeam so they won't win anything unless they're Lewis.

    However at this point 198 races in, Aitken is rated 82 which is the highest of the F2 drivers. Drugovich is second with 76.   This would be okay but Aitken has completed zero races and Drugo has done 18.

    Armstrong has done 198 races and hasn't grown. Markelov, Shwartzman, Ticktum, Lundgaard, Piquet... all drivers who been there for years and I think they've grown by 3 OVR at most.

    F1 drivers, on the other hand, all of them are late 90's. Max made it to 96EXP, 99PAC, 100RCR, 97AWA and 98OVR to be the best there has ever been but he retired after the most dominant period in F1 history.  Norris is currently the best but he's been trapped in Alfa Romeo hell since season 2/3 so never really got any points despite being second best statistically every year.  Giovinazzi is our current world champion-in-waiting and he's in the 90/91s. I think Schumacher is 92 rated despite never being anywhere near a challenge in a Red Bull. 

    Basically, this is all leading to something needing to be done about F2 growth. All the F1 drivers are mid 90's and the F2 drivers are early 70's so the gulf in performance is far too big, especially after 10 seasons. Teams that have two F2 drivers are doomed, no matter how good the car. Teams that have two F1 drivers are near the front, even if the car is a dog. Teams that have 1 F1 driver and 1 F2 driver have one driver on 160-odd points and the other on 0. 

    I can provide pictures when i'm back home to demonstrate this phenomenon, if necessary.  Just seeing if anyone has had similar issues if they've progressed a decent way into the game?

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  19. 1 minute ago, QuickH said:

    Maybe I'm just not talented enough for this game, i've had it for a while, and there is simply no progress. 

    I'd say that scenario is highly unlikely.

    If monkeys can write Shakespeare then I daresay that humans can do well on F1 2021 with 0 AI and full assists. Now somewhere between 0 AI and Full Assists and 110 AI and no assists is your playing level and you just have to find it.

    You're definitely talented enough for the game, just probably not at the level you're thinking you could... yet.   Nobody goes from Newbie to 110AI immediately. It takes time, practice and a few aggressive retorts to people saying "it's just a game" when you know it's more than that. Then you get to the level you want to play at, and possibly beyond. 

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  20. I did have a similar issue and I had the option to either lose 50k or like 937 resource points.   I had like 120,000 resource points and 200m in the bank so neither choice really mattered but I had the one to lose 50k greyed out and it wasn't because I couldn't afford it. 

    To me, didn't matter too much as I was waaaay beyond needing them at that point but early on in a game save might be more annoying. 

  21. 14 hours ago, QuickH said:

    i can't handle it, i can't get a smooth race. In wet conditions can't even make 2 corners. Not only Monaco, the other circuits too. I don't want that anymore, because i'm getting more and more aggressiv during the game. I was about to break my gamepad. That would have been a disaster. 

    Thanks for everyone who helped me here, but it's just too hard for me. It's a shame about the money, but nothing helps. 

    It's a shame as you did get alot of advice that would be helpful to most gamers so it was nice to see everyone pull together to try and help, even if it was futile.

    I would only recommend the having assists on and then removing one-by-one when you're thinking you're nailing it.  I know you think it's like 'watching F1 on TV' but only if you do that all the time for the rest of the game-year. It's only a short-term investment until you get the hang of it so you don't feel like you've wasted your money. By the end of September at the latest, you could have them all off and still be competitive but it's not something that happens overnight. 

    Unfortunately however, if you can't get past the second corner anyway and still don't want to try something to help yourself, then nobody else can help you. 

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  22. They do say that you need to be two seconds a lap faster than the other driver in order to overtake.  In identical machinery, that's extremely unlikely as it's purely down to driver ratings, which F2 doesn't lend itself to as Racecraft and Pace stats are pants so they don't really go for moves. 

    If they had alternate strategies then you'd see it as the tyre offset would account for the pace difference but everyone does the same thing really regarding the tyres so it's a procession. 

    One thing to consider is that there isn't always that much overtaking in F2 anyway. It's exciting and close paced but I went to Silverstone and exempting the usual pit stop cold-tyre vs warm tyre out-lap issue, there really wasn't much going on til Verschoor tried taking Piastri at the end.  Next race is at Monza so guess slipstreaming will be a bigger thing there so try to see if much happens there as the average speeds are higher than at Bahrain. 

  23. Just now, ScaredDuck said:

    I get your point... but I noticed some off these stories were in the last week... meaning more it’s reported no matter how developers try and spin it they won’t stop the noose from tightening.

    I expect they'll be every other week or so that it happens.  The fact that kids mistakenly abuse loot boxes isn't the bad PR but if there are stories where they flatly refused to refund hundreds, or thousands, of pounds, then that's where the stories are damaging.

    They'll never stop utilising microtransactions in games that big but people generally accept it. The metaphorical noose isn't something they'll concern themselves with.  Although, F1 isn't as big as football, so it's possible they don't have the swing room to leverage consumers with pay-to-win things like they do in other games. 

  24. 26 minutes ago, Ultra3142 said:

    Arguably the prestige badges are an added something. At launch these didn't exist in F1 2020, and then absolutely nothing happened in terms of tracking XP progression beyond Tier 30.

    Yes, but having something for the sake of having something isn't always worthwhile.   If it helps with tracking past tier 30 then sure it's doing something but what happens when they max out Prestige level 5?  Back to being pointless and all you've done is move the goalpost and done so without giving them a desirable reward to make it seem the effort had a end purpose. Might as well have had up to Tier 35 and had more unlockables as that's all it is, but you've made sure the last 5 things you unlock just aren't interesting.

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