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F1 2015 Team tier system?

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Tier 1: Mercedes
Tier 5: Ferrari, Williams
Tier 6: Red Bull, Sauber
Tier 7: Lotus, Toro Rosso, Force India
Tier 8: McLaren, possibly Manor if they can run

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This year there's multi-class racing.
There's Mercedes competing in Formula Mercedes and everybody else competing in Formula One.

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Even though it´s nice in F1 2014 to challenge for the title in a Ferrari, but I´d prefer the real championship order replicated in career and single races for F1 2015. For the second season in career it could be closer together, but first season Mercedes should be 1 and 2 with a huge gap, just as Manor should be dead last.

It´s hard to tell an exact tier level yet though, as for example Toro Rosso seemed quite able to compete with Sauber, but because of the bad pitstops and Verstappen´s retirement, Sauber looked better in the final results.

I'd also have to assume once Honda gets to grips with their engine that McLaren won't be in the same tier as Manor. In Melbourne it was suggested Honda engine were tuned down in order to put less strain on the engines. So their real pace is yet unknown.

Temporary suggestion based on the first weekend (taking into account retirements and other misfortunes):
1: Mercedes
2: Williams, Ferrari
3: Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber
4: Lotus, Force India, McLaren
5: Manor

Lotus and Red Bull are the most difficult ones to place, in both cases you could argue they need to go up one tier. We'll need more races to see where they are.

Once F1 is back in Europe we should be able to see a more clear direction for a tier system. Of course it would be even better to have no tier system, but more accurately replicate the car / driver performances. Meaning that top speed / corner ability / tyre degradation / fuel management / downforce / etc is defined per car and that determines the eventual performance, rather then tiers.

Career goals also need to be managed off this. In a Manor the only goal can be to beat your team mate. Makes no sense to try and beat the others as the car simply isn't good enough.

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It's impossible to make a tier list after only one race. Especially in a race where several teams didn't show their potential. Manor didn't even race, we never saw Lotus' pace, Mclaren weren't at full power, Force India aren't at their best yet and Red Bull seemingly didn't turn up.
It's better to get a clearer tier list when we hit the European part of the season.

Although this has usually been the case, I personally hope they don't go with the same tier system again for career mode as it makes the races too predictable. It should mix up a bit each race or tiers should change mid season and at the end of season depending on R&D. For instance one race Williams might be a car that could battle for the podium and another race battling for 7th with another team. It would make each race that bit more interesting.

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It's impossible to make a tier list after only one race. Especially in a race where several teams didn't show their potential. Manor didn't even race, we never saw Lotus' pace, Mclaren weren't at full power, Force India aren't at their best yet and Red Bull seemingly didn't turn up.
It's better to get a clearer tier list when we hit the European part of the season.

Although this has usually been the case, I personally hope they don't go with the same tier system again for career mode as it makes the races too predictable. It should mix up a bit each race or tiers should change mid season and at the end of season depending on R&D. For instance one race Williams might be a car that could battle for the podium and another race battling for 7th with another team. It would make each race that bit more interesting.
No that would turn it into Formula Lottery. Look at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Kimi went from last to 4th, you cant argue with the pace. More often than not in recent times its been noah's arc among team mates.

the pecking order should be decided entirely on real world data, it can be patched after each GP to keep it accurate as possible. Everything should be factored from numbers, figures, percentages to make it as realistic as possible.

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