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Hi Guys,

As a first time player to Codemaster F1 (using my PC and racing wheel) I find F1 2019 to be one of the most frustrating games I have played.

I purchased the game online through steam and have zero instructions.

I played through 2018 F2 just winging it, clueless on how anything works, I managed to win the final race, somehow... (game is set on 20-easy)

Then as I moved to F1 I am totally lost. I figured out how to start the Aussie practice in career mode, figured out how to get into the console to choose the first practice plan... but I don't know how to do anything and there is no driving guides or explanations anywhere that I can find. I saw the tutorials, watched em all, they only tell you about the general concepts.... as an example, in the first practice I am trying to hit the gates, doing ok, sometimes it fails, not sure why.. speed? apex? off course? It doesn't tell me why anywhere... then the other issue is something as simple as DRS, is it automated? do I have to activate? if so how?!! What do the symbols and numbers on top of the screen mean/colors? I have no clue and there is no explanation that I can find anywhere....

Hopefully you get my point, I have very basic questions, and I just started, but I can't find these answers ...

Very Frustrating.

Also, just to get familiar with the driving mechanics and the tracks, is there anywhere that you can just go drive the damn track without it being part of career mode or race, just to figure this **** out?  Any guidance is appreciated, a website or tutorial or something to explain this dang game...

Thanks for reading my rant and not burning this noob too much on your replies, I really am just looking for advice.

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I found one answer... TIME TRIAL MODE... that is the place to just practice with your setup and to learn a track.

How do you activate DRS? It doesn't appear to be automatic.

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Yep, this game makes no sense, it so definitely not intuitive at all.

First practice session, on lap 2 I get the message that I achieved objective (hitting all the gates at speed).

Then when going to garage it says that track fam is a fail?!!

Such a stupid system with no where to go for explanations.

Come on, surely somebody on these forums has some answers... jeez...

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Hello @F15DOC. I'll help you as best as I can. Each practice program has a brief on what your goals are. When you learning the track, going through the gates. Each gate has a goal assigned to it, along with goals sets between each gate pending on the track. Speed and Gear are two of the main goals for each gate. You'll find a DRS or a sector goal. As for the colors and numbers. I believe your refereeing to the timing. Once you start a lap you timing will be in the GREY. Once you complete a lap the timing color will change to one of three colors. Green, meaning that you set a new fast lap, or sector. Red, meaning you set a slower lap or sector. Purple, meaning you set fastest lap or sector. The DRS is only active in the assigned zones. You'll hear a deep when you're able to use DRS. You can look at you control mapping for you wheel to see how to activate the DRS. Time trail is a good place to just go a drive, but you may put pressure on yourself to beat the clock. Find a group of people to drive with and learn. You'll have a great time and get up to speed in no time. You can find some good info on YouTube as well. I hope I answered your questions.   

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Thanks Striker, I think I figured out the colors/numbers, that was in the practice session while I was doing the track Familiarization. The Red is when I miss gates, the green is good in the gates and the purple is great in the gates, the numbers correspond to the gates.

I cannot find the mapping options for my wheel anywhere.... is it somewhere in setup?

I guess I just dont understand how I failed on the fam, when it said I accomplished the goals after lap 2 of hitting the gates... maybe its because I never used DRS because I can't find the activation key for it on my wheel...

 

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well that was part of it, once I got DRS working it added a ton of points to my practice... got through the first 3 missions for the team in practice session 1. The ERS seems a bit confusing on how/when to use it... going to have to watch some you tube on it...

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Hi F15Doc…

Warning, a long post ahead…

As a first time player of any F1 game myself, I can feel your pain.

I fully agree with you in that it can be difficult to figure out at times – there is a lot of details embedded in the game and as an F1 licensed product, I imagine that it stringently sticks to F1 rules for a variety of things (like the number of different power unit components you are allowed to have in a season or how often you can change your gearbox).

So here is a random set of pointers that I’ve been able to figure out...

These will only apply to the solo career mode – at this point, I’m not interested in the multiplayer part of the game at all.

First off, I play on a PS4 with a game controller (i.e. the game pad) as I do not own a wheel.

I’ve also set up the options to play with lots of assists until I get more comfortable with how everything works (like auto ERS, auto shifting etc.).

There are 6 practice components spread out over 3 practice sessions. You can’t do them all in one session but you can do them in any order and, you can repeat them if you want (although you won’t get full points for repeating them, only points for where you improved them).

Also, each test has a minimum target time that you have to complete your laps for the test to register as successful. The time in the upper right will be green if you are over and red if you are under (and it will show you by how much you are over or under).

Track Acclimatization – drive through the gates as fast as you can and hit the DRS when you cross over the panel on the road – gates are placed around corners and if you miss the first gate of a corner or fail it because you were going too slow, you fail the other gates on the same corner and they will be red before you even get to them. Hitting consecutive corners will get you bonus points. Green is a pass on the gate and purple is the best. They give you 3 laps to do it.

For DRS – you use it when you are in a DRS zone and during the practice sessions it can be used any time you are in a DRS zone. The game will make a ding when you are in a zone – they are the long straight sections and there can be 1 and sometimes 2 on a track.

During an actual race, you have to complete 2 laps before it will be activated and when you are in a DRS zone, you can only use it when you are less than 1 second behind the car ahead (the game won’t allow you to use it if you are more and 1 second behind).

Tire Management – take corners smoothly and accelerate smoothly (i.e. no tire skidding).

Fuel Management – coast into the corners and break later that you normally would and then accelerate smoothly as well. This test is annoying for me because the first lap seems very hard and I sometimes fail but then it improves for the second or third lap. There is also a strategy of just going full out on the lap getting ahead of your designated time by a couple of seconds, not caring about the fuel in the red but then coasting before you get to the finish line and letting the bar slide into the green zone by the time you cross over the line.

ERS Management – I just set it to low and it goes into the purple fairly quickly and after 1 lap I’m done.

Qualifying Pace – just like the description – it’s a practice for the real qualifying.

Race Strategy – you are given 5 laps but after 3, they determine the pit and tire strategy that will be used in the race. Laps 4 and 5 are optional but will get you a more accurate strategy and bonus points.

And don’t forget to check the Team goals, the 7th item at the end of the list – you get bonus points for achieving a set of goals while you run through the different practice sessions (like achieving fast sector times in qualifying, hitting all the DRS spots in track acclimatization etc.)

Research & Development – where you spend your resource points…

Everyone has their own opinions on what they want to spend their points on and when.

There are a number of different strategies like

- Compare your car to where the rest of them are and focus on what needs the improving the most

- Some people will spend on all the nodes that reduce the cost of components so that down the road it costs less to upgrade overall

- Some people will spend on nodes that reduce failure rates

I’m on the Alpha Romeo team for 3 reasons –

Reason 1 - I wanted to pick a team that focused on sportsmanship and was near the bottom so I could build it up over the season to be more competitive

Reason 2 – With them being near the bottom I figured it would be easy to beat the low expectations (qualifying and finishing 18 – really?)

Reason 3 – Kimmy is my partner – nothing more need be said

Alpha Romeo is second worst in aero and chassis and are pretty good on the powertrain side.

(Note: with the 1.5 patch recently released, Alpha Romeo got a big boost in the aero department).

I started by spending points upgrading aero and chassis and during Spain the engineer was giving me messages about my turbo charger and gearbox which I ignored and in Monaco my gearbox completely crapped out during the race.

I suddenly learned the value of the Durability branch of the tree (of which I had spent no points at all).

And I also discovered the following very important F1 rules that the game employs...

- You have to use your event gearbox for 6 consecutive races or suffer grid penalties (you can change your practice gearbox as often as you like)

- For the entire season you are only allowed to use 3 Internal combustion engines, turbo chargers and motor generator unit – heat

- For the entire season you are only allowed to use 2 motor generator unit – kinetic, energy stores and control electronics

In other words, you have to make your stuff last long enough before you are allowed to replace them or you'll end up just watching the final races.

So I decided to actually delete my career save and start again with a proper plan.

I mapped out all 21 races and now I know that...

- after Monaco, Hungary and Mexico I need to change my event gearbox

- after Canada and Italy I need to change my Internal combustion engine, turbo charger and motor generator unit – heat

- after Germany I need to change my motor generator unit – kinetic, energy store and control electronics

So now I’m putting points into Durability for all my components before I start putting points into other 3 categories so that my components will last through to change then time. 

Hope this helps in some way...

 

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What a great post! So helpful.

so far I had figured out about half of the things you discussed. After a restart a few days ago I got through my first practice with 3 goals achieved, the track acclimatization - the tires- and the fuel. 2 practices to get the rest figured out. Your info on the upgrades is super helpful as I had no clue and probably would have made the same mistakes. My restart was with a mid pack team, McClaren, we will see how it goes. Thanks so much for helping explain the engine gearbox stuff. I’m a total F1 (real) fan and I’ve learned all those rules, good to know they apply to the sim as well!

awesome help!!!

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Well done. As a longtime series player you sometimes don’t notice how poorly everything is explained. In recent years they had instruction videos on each practice program but I don’t think those are there anymore.

If I could give one tip: don’t expect to make your gearbox last the first 6 races. You’ll provably needs 2 or 3 gearbox durability upgrades before being able to do this. If it hits about 70% wear you may start missing gears temporarily. I usually change the gearbox as soon as this happens and deal with the penalty.

Also, you can always order extra engine parts using the + sign (at a penalty of course), so there’s no danger of not completing the season. Another tip: It could be helpful to switch out to engine part #2 when each one hits about 50% and switch back to the old engine parts for free practice only.

Have fun.

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Andrew, where do I find the specifics on my equipment wear?

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22 minutes ago, F15DOC said:

Andrew, where do I find the specifics on my equipment wear?

In the main career mode: On the vehicle management screen. Below you can find a picture of someone who already used a lot of parts throughout the season. On the top youll see the total average wear of all installed components (40% in this example) but more importantly: on the right youll see the individual component wear % (in this example the ICE is already at 59%, which is probably higher than what you want to use for Qualifying and race as it will be losing peformance)

You can also find it in session in your MFD. Thats the little popup screen on the right side of your screen while driving.

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1 hour ago, TooManyHours said:

 

- after Canada and Italy I need to change my Internal combustion engine, turbo charger and motor generator unit – heat

- after Germany I need to change my motor generator unit – kinetic, energy store and control electronics

 

 

It’s really a well researched post, but the above isn’t actually correct. The engine parts dont work the same as the gearbox. If you change the gearbox before six events completed: automatic penalty.

the engine components can actually be switched freely, even between sessions during an event. Youll only get penalized when you order a new one beyond the 2 or 3 that you’re allowed to use.

If you find yourself needing an additional engine part beyond the ones youre allowed, the best thing to do is just order an extra one of EVERYTHING in 1 go, incl gearbox. Youll get a massive penalty of 65 grid places, but since there are only 20 cars you’ll just start 20th. This way youll take the pain in 1 race only, instead of multiple penalties in multiple races.

this is actually what teams regularly do in the real world as well!

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Glad I could help F15Doc and thanks for the tip on the engine parts Andrew.

In the past the only racing games I've played were in the Gran Turismo and Forza series. 

They were strictly tuning and racing - no car skill trees and no career mode as such.

The only thing I knew about F1 before I got this game was what I learned from watching a Netflix doc a couple of months ago called "Drive to Survive" which covered the 2018 season.

That got me interested and I started watching youtube videos of F1 2018 career mode - different people going through the season - aarava being one of them - as you showed in the screen capture above.

So when 2019 came out I had to buy it. 

I can't actually watch any of the races - where I live in Canada, TSN (The Sports Network) has exclusive rights to broadcast F1 and my TV provider wants to charge me an extra $ 25 a month for the TSN package over and above what I already pay.  

But I'm enjoying the game non the less.

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Drive to survive is totally what got me hooked on F1!!!

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Cool. I’ve seen quite a lot of people who got into it due to that series. I liked it way better than I was expecting.

by the way, F1 has a streaming service  (F1TV) as well. Its not exactly perfect, a bit buggy but has actually worked quite well for me this year. I think Canada has availability but only for race replays, not live, for about $40 for the season or something like that.

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https://realsport101.com/f1/

One of the best websites for track guides and setup. 

If you use the a controller, not a steering wheel, set the linearity to 30 or higher, then the steering ist not so nervous. 

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That one is great, I went with McClaren just to see how it goes, selected my first upgrade which was overall durability... looks like I can only do one upgrade at a time... how low do they take?

Now to see if someone has already gone through the pain of finding the best McClaren upgrade route....

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OMG the race is hard... you need to be perfect for 15 laps?!! Dang... Well I got all of the team goals done by practice 2, so I just simulated 3. Then I got a lucky run and my qualify lap put me into 6th with the McClaren... happy with that... But dang 15 perfect laps?!! Im not a professional racing driver, the races are too damn long...

suggestions so far?

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On 7/16/2019 at 12:31 PM, F15DOC said:

Hi Guys,

As a first time player to Codemaster F1 (using my PC and racing wheel) I find F1 2019 to be one of the most frustrating games I have played.

I purchased the game online through steam and have zero instructions.

I played through 2018 F2 just winging it, clueless on how anything works, I managed to win the final race, somehow... (game is set on 20-easy)

Then as I moved to F1 I am totally lost. I figured out how to start the Aussie practice in career mode, figured out how to get into the console to choose the first practice plan... but I don't know how to do anything and there is no driving guides or explanations anywhere that I can find. I saw the tutorials, watched em all, they only tell you about the general concepts.... as an example, in the first practice I am trying to hit the gates, doing ok, sometimes it fails, not sure why.. speed? apex? off course? It doesn't tell me why anywhere... then the other issue is something as simple as DRS, is it automated? do I have to activate? if so how?!! What do the symbols and numbers on top of the screen mean/colors? I have no clue and there is no explanation that I can find anywhere....

Hopefully you get my point, I have very basic questions, and I just started, but I can't find these answers ...

Very Frustrating.

Also, just to get familiar with the driving mechanics and the tracks, is there anywhere that you can just go drive the damn track without it being part of career mode or race, just to figure this **** out?  Any guidance is appreciated, a website or tutorial or something to explain this dang game...

Thanks for reading my rant and not burning this noob too much on your replies, I really am just looking for advice.

I realize this post is about a month old. I hope you're having more success and figuring out how to navigate the different activities in the game, and the basic rules to F1 racing. This is also my first F1 game. I've played all the other racing games, but I was a little intimidated of it, tbh. I used to watch Indy Racing. I grew up a mile away from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but I never really got into F1. Learning the rules and strategies are vital. I struggle with pit strategies and managing components in Career. I found F12017 on PS Now and played it for a week or so for free. I was so impressed, that I bought the latest installment. And I struggled. I still have a hard time on certain tracks. But, I'm having so much fun that it's the only game I've been played for weeks.ê The first thing I would say is to stay away from the career mode until you have some laps under your belt and are proficient to do just enough to keep a ride for the first half or so of your rookie year. Other than that, what I did was searched for all the good F1 YouTubers and subscribed. A couple of good examples are "Tiametmarduk" and "TRL Limitless." Both of them have outstanding content, including a ton of tutorials. I watch as many their vids as I can. When I have a question I type it in Google, and because of my YouTube subscriptions, I usually get offered nearly exact content I was asking about. Sometimes it's based off of F12018 or 2017, but not all questions are necessarily specific to the generation. The biggest part though is a lot of practicing. It's just like anything else you want to succeed at, you have to put the time in.

If you have the means, get a wheel. You can get a decent wheel and pedals for under $200. I put my wheel on a $30 portable workbench and it worked fine for me.  It's definitely not a necessity, there are some very fast YouTubers that use a paddle/joystick. But, I like the force feedback and being able to map the ERS, brake bias, and fuel mix to buttons so I don't have to take my eyes off the screen. I will attach a photo of my Logitech G29. I bought it refurbished for $150. You will also notice what I have it attached to now. I got a very good deal on that too. My boss got married and his new wife told him there wasn't any room for it. I basically got it for free for going to remove it from the front yard. It's less than a month old. Nice to have, but I enjoyed my old workbench setup just the same.

I've only been playing for maybe 2 - 3 months now and I finally graduated to turning off the last assist I had turned on -- Flashback. It gets uncomfortable after turning one off, but you will learn how to upshift to keep wheel spin down, find your own braking points based off signs or shadows on the track, etc. Every video or article I read said that turning off assists as soon as you can is vital to being good at the game. Change to med TCS and other mid-level assist aids before turning them off completely if you want. But, you can easily turn off an assist and practice for an hour or so in Time Trial, and you'll be good to go. An hour in time trial is a ton of practice laps. But, leave assists on too long and you'll end up depending on them. Plus some of them are just distracting on the screen. It's a fantastic game and very rewarding when you turn your first lap in manual gears with no TCS and are able to keep pace.

Sorry if this was rambly, but I was searching for something else and saw your post. I felt your pain, so to say. I got so frustrated with F1 2019 that I was about to just give up. But, I am not a quitter. Good luck, cheers, and all that. 

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