Tell us about your Career...

Discussion in 'F1 2010-2016' started by Tom, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. GTPskills

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    You're welcome!
     
  2. ChloeSMV

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    I just had an interesting and thrilling race this weekend, at Suzuka. The qualifying was under heavy rain, blue wet tyres, but unfortunately, I did not find any good setups for this condition on the internet, so I had to search dry setups and rain setups alike, and draw my conclusions as to what would be best for that track condition, as I don't understand anything about mechanical setups other than aerodynamics. The only part of the setup I had to completely go blind were the gear ratios. I put all the gears all the way to the left (lower), as that was giving me the best lap times, which were still horrible (1:51, 1:52...while the A.I. were at 1:48, 1:47... Di Resta, my TM, was lapping at 1:48).

    Then came the race. The first four laps were again, under rain, but not under such heavy conditions, as the tyres were intermediate for the start of the competition. When lap four was ending, everyone went into the pits for slicks, so I followed, but the lollipop guy held me in position and I lost touch with the drivers I was competing with. So I restarted the race, thinking to pit by the end of lap three (instead of four). I jumped from 18th to 9th during the start, in the first corner, but that was a mess, as there's not much space for twenty-four cars there. Then, from 9th to 5th during the rest of the first lap. Pitted on lap three, did the fourth lap with the "wrong tyres" (as everyone would still do intermediates during lap four), and when I crossed the line to open the fifth lap, I jumped to second place, with only Hamilton being the one I wasn't able to catch with my strategy of pitting a lap earlier than everyone else.

    From there on in, it was on the limit the whole time. The rest of the race would be under dry conditions, and with such a low gear ratio, I didn't have the speed to overtake a Marussia or a HRT in a straight line, so I committed myself to push the car the whole way. Vettel eventually overtook me (and he's my rival, 2-1 for him... I didn't like Singapore, so I retired on purpose, and he won in Suzuka. I couldn't pick Massa or Grosjean as was my intention, because they were locked out on the rival selecting screen, so I could only pick Vettel, Webber, Hamilton or Button, and I picked Vettel because he is 5th in the championship).

    I was in third place until my third pit-stop. I delayed this stop until lap forty-two, because I knew the Options could last at least eleven laps, taking me to lap fifty-three without any problems. The previous two stops, I chose options (lap 3, coming off the intermediates) and then primes (lap 16 to 42, original pit-stop lap would have been lap 38). I dropped from third to fifth, as Grosjean was right behind me when I took the car into the pit-lane, and Pérez passed by as I was exiting. Gave all I had with the Force India with slow gear ratios and heavy downforce settings, and was able to catch up to Pérez and finish 4th. Vice-leader of the championship, eighteen points behind Alonso. I really love Force India. lol XD I hope they can do this good in real life, someday.

    I love Suzuka, always a thrilling race, and it's a fun track. Monaco, Spa, Suzuka and Interlagos, too much fun. I hate Hermann Tilke! lol XD

    And that's why the next three races will be lame. Korea, India and Yas Marina, all Tilke's tracks, and Vettel will probably win the rival challenge, because I find them boring. Singapore was difficult to comprehend for me, I don't know how one can find a good pace there, or maybe it's because the game is so arcadey, that doing a F1 there feels like driving a boat. lol So I don't know which team will want to sign me up for next season. I have offers from Marussia, HRT and Caterham to be the no.1 driver for them, but I am at level 9 (almost 10), so I just hope I get a better offer after Interlagos, and since I only have three proposals as of now, I didn't get the "In Demand" trophy yet, and I hope it pops still during this first season.

    Cheers.

    PS: The Hungary race, which I won, was done under "Amateur" difficulty. How the difficulty reverted itself, on its own, from Pro to Amateur, I don't know... it seems it's one more bug with this game.

    PS 2: If someone knows a good database for setups, let me and others know, because, the ones I did find, I don't know if they are good or not. Some people post their lap times with said setups, which I can't match, so I don't know if it's because of the DualShock3 (as they use wheels), or if they're trolling, posting fake lap times and giving away horrible setups.
     
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  3. ChloeSMV

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    Update: Season 1 finished
    Difficulty: Professional, mid-assists, 100% distance
    Team: Force India-Mercedes
    Aims: To be on the top six on the championship table by the end of the season. (achieved).
    Next Season Team: Hopefully McLaren or Ferrari, or maybe even Lotus.
    (Got a RBR seat for Season 2. I had to select Vettel for the Rival Challenge, as I could pick just the RBRs, McLarens or Alonso. The rest was locked out, which meant, no Lotus possibility. I picked Vettel because he was the worse qualifier in the championship table, being 5th. Even Webber was ahead of him).
    Best Qualifying Position: 1st, three times.
    Best Finishing Position: 1st, five times.
    Drivers Championship Position: 3rd (227 pts.)
     
  4. mikekhel30

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    Difficulty: Amateur, No Aids.
    Team: Force India
    Best Qualifying: 1st, multiple times (since it is on Amateur)
    Best finish: 1st, had a three winning streak until Catalunya. On my way to win it until the little monster accidentally turned off the power surge. Lost power to the wheel and there I go to the wall. Since i'm not playing with no flashback, that's the result.

    Few questions, what are the top 3 cars on the game? I'm planning to climb to the top gradually so I can get to finish off the 4-5 seasons. I'm doing my first season on amateur since it has been a while since I last played an F1 game, F1 2000 in PS. To be honest, the only thing that I can remember from it is the great song "Every You, Every Me" by Placebo. Haha. I watch F1 even before that so I know the tracks, but I left F1 after the '02 season. Moved here to the US, and found out that F1 is not big here, I was about 12-13 at that time.

    Anyway, if I do get the offers, I don't want sign with the fastest team. I also just started to watch F1 again this season, so I had no idea what happened last year. From fastest car to slower, is it Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, then Lotus? If it is, i'm planning to join Lotus next season on Pro with a bit of aids. Then go McLaren on Pro w/o aids. Followed by Ferrari on Legend with aids, then hopefully Red Bull w/o aids. I'll stick to no flashbacks through out. You probably is asking right now, why would I want to do 4-5 seasons? I really don't know either. I just find it fun :)
     
  5. zawcranejr

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    Well I got real bored with my old career so I started a new one...
    Team: Caterham
    Difficulty:Legend
    Aims: To beat Heikki in WDC and get my team ahead of Torro Rosso in WCC
    Next season team: would love to get Ferrari, at least get a team better than Caterham,Marussia,HRT
    Best qualifying position:10th(dry at Monaco)
    Best finishing position:8th(dry at Monaco)
    Drivers Championship position:16th

    Monaco was a crazy race. Only 9 drivers completed the race. There was even a red flag. My teammate Heikki got points and so did both Marussias. Alonso took lead in WDC by 21 points over Vettel. Caterham has more points than Williams,Force India,and Torro Rosso. 7th in WCC. Heikki is 12th surprisingly in the WDC. It was a huge boost for Marussia and Caterham so HRT felt like a lonely loser. I doubt my teammate, Marussia, and HRT will get any more points in the season without my help.

    Basically I have very strong race starts and often get into the top 10 after the first couple of corners. After that, I block everyone behind me and make a big train of cars so everyone ahead of me opens up the gap massively. I have nothing else to do, anyways I currently have trouble winning the teammate challenge.

    In Monaco, I didn't block so much and got my fastest lap 1:19.0 in the race and a 1:17 in qualify. I was really quick and it was such a dangerous journey.
     
  6. mikekhel30

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    Played my first time in Monaco last night, wow! Is it me or is it too narrow? Or maybe i'm just so used to GT5 Monaco? It was soo exciting, but stressful. Since it was my first time racing there in F1, I had very little room for mistake. I didn't get the win since the game almost ended with the safety car out. What happened was, going up the hill, I was slowing right before the Casino. Perez for some reason went to my right bringing himself next to the railing. As we enter Casino, I didn't budge and he crashed head first into the railing. Safety car was then deployed. Took about 3 laps and gave me only 2 laps to try to win it. Didn't happen. Ended up stuck on 6th place. I was doing rubbish times anyway, 1:22-24 with Force India depending on how much I brake. I know I can do better since I over brake on turn 1 and the last 2 turns of the track. If i'm playing with at least 1 flashback, then maybe i'll try to go all out.
     
  7. freight48

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    This happened to me after winning the first 6 races of the season... Annoyed me a lot.



    What's worse is that the SC just pushes the car out of the way and carries on and I get DSQ'd.
     
  8. RACECAR

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    Didn't know F1 2012 had the pace car driver from the WTCC.
     
  9. freight48

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    I'm on professional difficulty with ABS on and TC on medium. I don't get bored with the dominance. I am driving for Red Bull after all. I get annoyed when I don't get a good result.
     
  10. R5

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    Team: Toro Rosso (stayed loyal)

    Australia
    Quali result: 2nd
    Race result: DNF

    Darned safety car- the glitch as mentioned above happened to me. Got disqualified. I was in first too :(
     
  11. PletdeKoe

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    After I graduated I got a job as supervising manager at a bank. I spent two years there, until I got promoted to regional manager customer relations. After 4 years I decided to change my career and I became a swimming instructor. That was 5 years ago and I still love it.
     
  12. braunracing88

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    Since my last update, the results have been as follows:
    Hungaroring: Started 16th, finished 9th, making up some lost ground by pitting for intermediates during a late shower while the idiotic opposition stayed out on slicks.
    Spa: Qualified 1st, Finished 1st, led all but one or two laps during the first round of pit stops.
    Monza: Qualified 1st, Finished 2nd, had an early spin and damaged my front wing, spent remainder of race in recovery mode, finished around 3 seconds behind Raikkonen.
    Marina Bay: Qualified 12th, Finished 1st, made up at least 10 places on the first lap, despite a cloudburst around 1/3 race distance, all but one car finished the race.
     
  13. RACECAR

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    :lol:

    Can't tell if you are serious or messing around, but this just made my day.
     
  14. gorsad

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    Hahahaha, I think this thread is for a different kind of career :lol:

    Anyways, restarted my career again on F1 2012. 25% races in a Williams. After 5 races I'm leading the championship by 31 points with 1 win, I've finished on the podium each race so far. Playing on Legend difficulty.
     
  15. freight48

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    Season 1: Professional difficulty, 25% race distance
    Team: Force India
    Aims: Win the title
    Next Season Team: Red Bull Racing
    Best Qualifying Position: 1 (x9) CHI, SPA, MON, CAN, GER, HUN, UAE, USA, BRA
    Best Finishing Position: 1 (x10) CHI, MON, EUR, GER, HUN, ITA, KOR, IND, UAE, USA
    Drivers Championship Position: 1st

    Season 2: Professional difficulty, 25% race distance
    Team: Red Bull Racing
    Aims: Win the title
    Next Season Team: Red Bull Racing
    Best Qualifying Position: 1 (x12)
    Best Finishing Position: 1 (x12) (MAL-CAN, GBR, HUN, ITA-KOR, UAE-BRA)
    Drivers Championship Position: 1st

    Season 3: Professional difficulty, 25% race distance
    Team: Red Bull Racing
    Aims: Win the title
    Next Season Team: Red Bull Racing
    Best Qualifying Position: 1 (x15)
    Best Finishing Position: 1 (x15) (AUS-EUR, GER, BEL-JPN, IND, BRA)
    Drivers Championship Position: 1st

    Season 4: Professional difficulty, 25% race distance, 100% for Canada
    Team: Red Bull Racing
    Aims: Win the title
    Next Season Team: Red Bull Racing
    Best Qualifying Position: 1 (x15)
    Best Finishing Position: 1 (x18) (AUS-MON, EUR-USA)
    Drivers Championship Position: 1st

    Season 5: Legend Difficulty, all 100% race distance
    Team: Red Bull Racing
    Aims: Win the title
    Next Season Team: Red Bull Racing
    Best Qualifying Position:
    Best Finishing Position:
    Drivers Championship Position:
     
  16. ChloeSMV

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    Update: Fresh start - Season 1
    Difficulty: Professional, mid-assists, 100% distance
    Team: H.R.T. - Cosworth
    Aims: Not to be the last team on the grid. lol XD (that's actually quoting Pedro De La Rosa, last year).
    Next Season Team: Hopefully Lotus, but I don't understand why the game locks out rivals on the selection screen and doesn't let you pick the one you originally were wishing to select.
    Best Qualifying Position: 5th, at Monte Carlo - Monaco.
    Best Finishing Position: 1st, at Monte Carlo - Monaco. Also got a 3rd place finish at Kuala Lumpur and a 6th place finish at Shanghai. The other races (six completed up to Monaco) were 18th, 14th and 16th place finishes.
    Drivers Championship Position: 7th (48 pts.)

    Is H.R.T. worse than Marussia ? It may be because the game is not new to me anymore, but I was never able to pull such great results with the Marussia, but over the internet, people say H.R.T. is for sure the worst team in this game. If it is, then it's a good thing. I wanted to build a reputation from the bottom of the pack, and it seems like I'm pulling it off. XD

    I'll accept the mid-season contract (which will probably be Toro Rosso, as a level 4, 5 or 6 XP grants, it seems), so I have an easier time during the Rival Challenge. That and I can't stand a full season with the H.R.T. lol XD

    Cheers, everyone.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
  17. freight48

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    Who were you trying to pick as your rival? It would make sense for you to be able to pick RBR, McLaren, Merc, Lotus.
     
  18. ChloeSMV

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    On my original Season 1 save file, which I did with Force India, I could only pick:
    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton or Button.

    I wasn't allowed to pick anybody else, and I wanted to challenge Grosjean or Kimi for a Lotus seat. I, then, picked Vettel, as he was the worse qualifier in the Season (5th), and won the RBR contract with 4 out of 7 on him.

    On a side note, all the drivers I could pick, were either ahead of me in the championship, or immediately behind (like, two to three positions behind at most). So, I guess the game locks out anyone who's farther behind you. I'm not sure of this, however, so I still don't understand the Rival Challenge completely, on this locking out issue.

    I'm in H.R.T. now, 7th in the championship with 54 pts., and hopefully, even if I move to Toro Rosso or Force India by mid-season, I won't be ahead of at least one of the Lotus drivers when Monza comes and the Challenge activates. I really would like to make a full season with a midfield team, but a better one than Force India. Force India was great to me, by the way. I was able to score more than 200 points, and ended 2nd runner-up in the championship, just behind Alonso and Button, with the Spaniard being the one who won the title.
     
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  19. Will27

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    Back to the original save file..
    Season 3, Red Bull, 100% distance, Legend AI

    Suzuka, Q:4th, R:1st
    Qualified 4th on the prime tyre. Took the lead early and put option tyres on at every stop.

    Korea, Q:24th, R:1st

    India, Q:17th, R:1st

    Abu Dhabi, Q:11th, R:1st
    Car felt like rubbish in Qualifying, very lazy and slow to respond. I had the lead after the first stops, but it was only in the last 15 laps where I pulled out a big lead.

    USA, Q:1st, R:1st
    Managed this one from the front. Light rain the whole race. Won comfortably.

    Brazil, Q:4th, R:1st
    I didn't actually have the pace here. I took over 1st when Button pitted from the lead, then me and Hamilton jumped Button in the stops. From there Hamilton kept me honest until the weather changed. I got the call on Inters wrong and Hamilton took the lead with 8 laps to go. Then with 2 laps to go, it rained heavily. With 3rd placed Button so far behind, I decided it was worth the risk to pit for Wets before starting the final lap. Half way round the final lap the call paid off, as Hamilton attempted to swim the final lap on inters, I quickly closed the gap and was ready to line up the pass when the McLaren spun in front of me.

    Season 3:
    Wins: 19/20
    Drivers Pts: 493
    Total Wins so far: 49/60
    Drivers Championships: 3/3
    Teams Championships: 2/3

    Season 4 next. Have confirmed the seat with Red Bull again.
    Might switch to another team for the final season.. depends on what the options are.
     
  20. ChloeSMV

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    I backed-up my save file last night, and advanced all the races from Valencia to Spa, to see how the Rival Selection would work with my current 54 points...

    Now I know how the system works. It lets us pick the two drivers immediately ahead of us, and the two immediately behind. Nothing more, nothing less.

    That's a bummer, because Grosjean had 101 points in this simulation, and Kimi had 93, which means I will only be able to challenge Kimi as a Toro Rosso driver (I'm gonna move mid-season), and... that means, if I do get the Lotus seat, I'll be paired with Grosjean, and that's super lame how CMs decided to take the champions out of the grid like that. With McLaren they have no choice, but with all the other teams, they could simply have taken out the 2nd driver and let the champion remain on track.

    Now it's back to Valencia and H.R.T. for me, for now, and hopefully neither Kimi nor Grosjean will score too much until Monza.

    Cheers.
     
  21. braunracing88

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    I think Kimi is the #1 Lotus driver, so you could end up paired with him if you sign with Lotus.
    Meanwhile, I've done three more races since my last update, with the results as follows:
    Suzuka: Qualified 1st, Finished 1st
    Yeongam: Qualified 4th, Finished 3rd
    Buddh: Qualified 12th, Finished 2nd after a last lap, last turn pass on my teammate (no team orders it was all me), and maintained a lead of at least 75 points after the race, Hello 3rd World Championship!! And after Suzuka, I re-signed with McLaren to drive for the next season.
     
  22. lemans2005

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    Just start my first season and first round test in HRT, and I just finish in 19th, what a mess result even I have chosen Easy AI...
     
  23. ChloeSMV

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    I don't know, because with the Force India, when I challenged Vettel, I was paired with Webber. Let's hope you're right though.

    I almost won the Hungary GP at my debut with Toro Rosso, but I was overtaken by Alonso and Kimi and dropped to 3rd. Then the rain started by the laps 36-40 and I thought I could try and win this race just as I did Monaco, by pitting a lap or two earlier for intermediates, and having all the others dragging themselves on the track while I got the places back. Well, that did happen, I got the 1st place back, but as soon as everyone pitted for intermediates, the very next lap everyone and I had to pit for full wet tyres. So my intermediates were only good for three laps, and since I was on track when the full wets were required (but so was everybody else at this lap, as they have just pitted for intermediates), I spun out and lost the first place to Schumacher, and when we all got the wet tyres, I was 2nd place, but then some other messes happened during the race, and I decided to quit out and retry Hungary later. The weather conditions never change, so now I know that instead of intermediates, I have to get full wets from the beginning. Everybody else will lap one or two laps with slicks, then one lap with intermediates, and that should give me a lot of advantage. lol XD

    See ya!
     
  24. ChloeSMV

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    Well, I repeated the Hungary GP a bunch of times, and no matter what I do, strategy-wise, like pitting earlier or later for rain tyres, I always end the race in 10th, even though I was in the lead for most of it. So I gave it up and moved to Belgium.

    Side effect of this is, I will probably not be able to charge for a Lotus seat. I'm more than twenty points behind Kimi now, and Grosjean finished Hungary in second, almost won it too. I don't know why CM made a game where a champion loses to Grosjean this often. Grosjean was/is pretty infamous in the sport.

    Update: I was third in Spa and was able to challenge Kimi, so it's all good. Grosjean was nine points ahead of Kimi, and if it wasn't for that, I would have been able to pick him instead of the champion. Finally I will be able to get a Lotus seat after repeating Season 1 three times. I guess being an H.R.T. driver and not scoring many points in all races did the trick. In Monza, I won the race, so it's 1-0 against Kimi already. Next is Singapore, the most boring track ever in the calendar. I hate it.

    Cheers, everyone.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013
  25. kekke2000

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    Vettel is not good enough in the game. There are some other weird balanced drivers aswell. Grosjean is way over his skill and so are Michael Schumacher. I just did a race where Schumacher dominated start to finish, won by 15 seconds in a 25% race. Vettel ended up somewhere around 8th.
     
  26. R5

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    F1 2013

    Team Caterham-Renault
    Race Australia
    Q. Position 22nd
    notable events
    Lap 1- 22nd to 12th
    Lap 2- 12th to 8th; Perez span off ahead, I overtook before he rejoined
    Lap 3- 8th to 9th; wheel to wheel with Massa, he overtook after I ran wide in 2nd to last corner
    Lap 4- 9th consistently; close to Massa but no banana
    Lap 5- 9th; Overtook Massa after out-braking him, over-cooked in next turn. He got past
    Lap 6- 9th to 4th; Pitstops for the fools; I sail by
    Lap 7- 4th to first; others pit; I'm sailing by again
    Lap 8- still first; Hamilton close behind but managed to block him consistently
    Lap 9- 1st still; tyres wearing, losing pace. Still blocking
    Lap 10- 1st to 14th; Yep. I yield. Pitting and losing my position
    Lap 11- 14th; get ahead of Perez, but hit him in the corner- span into wall, luckily Pic wasn't close behind
    Lap 12- 14th; set my personal fastest lap
    Lap 13- 14th; close to Perez who is close to Grosjean
    Lap 14- 14th to 12th; good scuffle with Perez and Grosjean, I won though. P12
    Lap 15- 14th; fuel low, tyres worn, manage to kick tail in a few turns. No spins, good show!

    P12 for the Caterham

    Pic was 17th; we both got our team targets

    ON TO KUALA LUMPAR
     
  27. socomkiller59

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    I started the young drivers test, spent a good hour on it, redoing the different testings to get an initial feel to the game, and I fell in love immediately. I was able to gold all of them, and went to go snag the Lotus-Renault seat, with Kimi as my teammate, off to good start so far.

    Race distance 100 percent, no aids, and AI on Legend.

    Melbourne- Practice- getting a feel for it for the past 2 hours in practice, playing with setups, doesn't really seem to be any different at all from 2012 setup wise. The cars feel like they have so much more grip, feel much more aggressive and not floating around like I've felt in the past. But I'm sure if it's anything like the current season, you don't want to push 100 percent of the time to make the tyres last.

    The ai is very good about holding their line now, they don't back out even on the outside, which I love.
    Was able to finish 2nd, 25 seconds behind Webber, Kimi finished 8th, poor showing on his part.
     
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  28. Ryk

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    Started a career -

    Young driver test didn't go that well as Used to GT5 - the shoulder to throttle and brake is a bit... Grand Theft Auto... Didn't redo any test. Did as well as I did. I'd prefer the tests if they were a bit longer. They are nice, but too Gran Turismo. and I hate stop/start guff. I was miles off the Gold pace. A few times off the silver too!

    I am reverting to both sticks (Well right stick to throttle/brake) - much to my cost in races - farting about getting DRS and Kers is a chore - I will have to alter one of the shoulders to DRS rather than Camera! -

    I was offered a seat with Orcendia (Force India). - But I wish I had taken Marussia or Caterham now and earn my stripes, so to speak. Still Time for that when Orcendia realise I am a slowpoke!

    Melbourne.
    Never run well here before... and same again.
    Got into Q2 - but was stumped to p16... but only a few tenths off getting to Q1 (Paul got P10)

    Race... made a solid start... up the inside, the two Toro Rossos got together and I snuck up to 10th or so, I made a good pass on Pastor (Williams) but then I was off the pace, and defending.

    I got the lead as the Option runners pitted... I then dropped to 7th when I pitted - behind Paul who then drove away from me, I held up a few cars.

    So beaten by my team mate, but a good result for the team.

    Sepang.
    I tested it in the FW07 - GREAT! - DFV - big fat Goodyear Slicks. Would have preferred a Brabham BT49. But you can't have everything

    The 2013 race was wet... and I stumped a 80% wet set up (One click off full wet on the quick set up screen)
    And I was 2 seconds faster than anyone!

    Quals was dry - but I was doing well.
    P1 in Q1
    P2 in Q2 (Edged by Sebby V)
    P2 in Q3 - I went faster than Sebs Q2 time but he improved by a few hundredths...

    Race - It said 100% wet... and it was heaving it down... but the engineer had Inters...

    I swaped to Wets... but that was wrong... (100% wet conditions and it was raining... yet it was inters? Who programmed this game?

    I restarted and from P2 I used INters...
    Made a nice start... but everyone else was better... I held a wall of death line on the outside... and I clipped the inside of T2L... and passed Sebby V unfairly... I gave the place back inside 10 seconds...
    I then made a good pass on him later... and I think I had the edge in the slower corners, but I was hamstrung on the fast bits.

    BUT my tyres were chunking after 5 laps... the engineer wanted 7 out of me... I had to pit after 6.
    I tried to be smooth on my next set... but I was in traffic and I was never going to get tyres that died after 5 laps stretch for 8 to get me back on the engineers race plan. I pitted after another 6 laps... in a good 2nd/1st place. But Sebby V was gaining a lap on me at every stop.

    Engineer then said bad weather in 10 minutes... 5 minutes... I pitted - inters or FUll Wets.
    I gambled on full wets
    and I gambled badly... I was losing time everywhere as my wet tyres were not working in the conditions (Raining and wet track no dry line... - Surely they should work fine, but overheat due to the lack of water? GAH!

    I had to pit again but now the "worse conditions" meant my wets were fine... I was able to charge up from 13th to 9th... Good for an Orcendia , but the team were not happy as they wanted 2nd place!

    Made a few errors - mostly trying to alter fuel mixes - And get the pit stop tyres right...

    Odd race as I was on for a Podium, maybe a win, then the wrong tyres made for a very downbeat end of the event... Nice charge to get into the points... but it could have been so much more.

    Wish the game had more - details... lap charts. Race positions. a Replay that can focus on other cars.
    Still it was 15 years ago they made Grand Prix Legends... And that had Bump stop rubber thickness, Tyre Temperatures (Inside Middle and Outside) Tyre Pressures, Oil Temperature, and Ramp Angles... this modern F1 is all done on computers back at Milton Keynes...

    Still I am only learning...

    Wish the young driver test had some "Run in formation" tests so you can get used to the "Enemy Proximity" white warning arrow.

    China next.
    Place were in 2005 Jaguar F1 was sold by Ford of Detroit... and Red Bull picked up the "Useless team" - gah I wonder what happened to Red Bull Racing?
     
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    After some time with my PS3 out of commission, I've started over with my F1 2012 career.

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    Season: 1
    Aims: At least to stay in the top 15
    Next Season Team: Unsure (possibly Williams)
    Difficulty: Professional

    Round 1: Melbourne

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    Practice

    For this session, I didn't spend a lot of time on track. The few I managed to make were some decent ones, good enough for 11th on the board while my Teammate was in 14th.

    Qualifying

    Qualifying was interesting to say the least. I had went with a strategy to use softs for Q1 and Hards for Q2 and Q3. I managed to make it past Q1 with a time good enough for 14th. However I couldn't get past Q2 as best I could manage was 16th behind my teammate, even after I abandoned my initial strategy and went to softs.

    Race

    First race of the season. Main focus was just to finish ahead of my teammate, which would mean at least 15th or better. Right at the start, pressed the KERs button and launched off the line. Managed to barely fly past some cars in Turn 1 for 11th and then held on to Alonso and passed him through Hellas corner and then got Schumacher through Marina. For many laps, I fought to hold 6th until pitstops came and I pitted for the Hard tires. I came out in 15th, passed by one of the Caterhams. I managed to catch back up and pass him at clark before continuing on. The very last lap, I managed to catch my teammate, who pitted. I was pressing to get around as quick as I could before he was able to get his tires warmed up and finally got him through Hellas. From that point, I was on a calm run until one of the the Force India cars caught us. For the last six laps, I was trying to keep him back. I went off the track at Senna corner over cooking the corner and lost 12th, but got back on track and managed to keep 13th, three places above from where I started and way ahead of the objective finishing position. Great start so far, little hiccups here and there, but kept my cool overall and did far better then I expected to do.

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    Round 2: Sepang

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    Practice

    As I did at Melborne, didn't spend a lot of time on track as I only needed a few laps to get warmed up so I only did 4 laps maximum, giving me 7th.

    Qualifying

    For the Qualifying Sessions, I was expecting at best to get into Q2 so I only planned for using one set of Softs and that would be it. As planned, I made it into Q2 qualifying in 16th. However, I was in for a shock as only third lap on the softs, I managed to get into Q3 qualifying in 8th. Knowing there was no way I'd qualify anywhere else but 10th, I just decided to qualify on Primes so that I can save my last set of fresh Options for the final stint.

    Race

    As the lights went, I jumped on the KERs and went. brake very late into Turn 1 and managed to get by Hamilton coming out the second corner and other then defending the postion, never looked back until Lap 10. Came into the pits and off the Primes and on to the options. I came out 6th and was having to vigoriously defend it from Grosjean for the final 4 laps. Beginning the final lap, both Grojean and Button flew by on the front straight, but I managed to outbreak both into turn one and after hearing a crashing sound, the two were never on my back for the rest of the lap, allowing me to cruise all the way to the finish with a impressive 6th place very much intact AND scoring not only my first points of the season, but the first points for Toro Rosso as well.

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