- New York
Here's a graph of my SR over the ~30 days since I started doing Sport Mode races. My main goal while racing is to prioritize clean driving over taking another position; which has helped me keep my SR at max the majority of my days racing. I'd hoped this would translate to some great, clean racing in most of my lobbies online. Boy was I wrong.
Why is this? In my opinion it's because the scale for SR doesn't line up with what it's supposed to represent. Since there is a range of 85-99 of SR that still counts as "S", there is an relatively huge range of drivers that can fit into that area. Drivers can punt other drivers off, dive bomb, push people wide, and brake check to their heart's content and they will still hold on to that "S" rank so long as they have a few relatively clean sectors in between. I've lost count of how many times a driver behind has decided to just punt me off the track while I'm defending instead of waiting for an opening because the 3-5s penalty doesn't impact them. They'll still be S rank.
The SR gains and loses are fine IMO. What should change is the scale. Rank S in Driver Rating is for the best of the best. Rank S for Sportsmanship should reflect that as well. Make S rank require 95+ or higher so we can hopefully have cleaner lobbies for the drivers that seek them.