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F1 2020 Review: Another Sterling Entry That Also Makes a Play For Racing Casuals

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F1 2020

F1 2020 Review: Another Sterling Entry That Also Makes a Play For Racing Casuals

Codemasters is set to deliver the newest edition of one of the most popular series in its entire catalog of games with F1 2020. This year Codemasters is looking to make the game a bit deeper and a bit more accessible to the masses. Were they able to accomplish that? Let’s find out.

F1 2020 Review – What I Like

My Team

If you are familiar with Codemasters’ career mode in previous versions, then taking part in the newly included “My Team” mode will feel very comfortable for you. If you are new to the series, then I envy you because the experience you will take part in with My Team is one of the best available in the genre.

From the start, I was required to pick a team name, sponsorship, engine supplier, a second driver and more. You are truly handed the keys to the kingdom, but there is a lot more to running your team than just driving and podium appearances.

Although my focus was primarily on preparing for each week’s race, I also now had to consider training my newly signed second driver, keeping sponsors happy, working with, and investing time and money into my facilities and team members. While having all that responsibility may seem daunting to some, it draws you in, and offers future payoff and growth in terms of seeing your team mature and become competitive on a weekly basis.

What My Team offers in terms of depth and longevity was addicting, and I constantly found myself investing more and more time and energy into making sure all aspects of my organization were running at full speed to become and maintain my status as a competitive force in the series.

I am not sure that a racing title has ever delivered a mode that made me feel so vested in it, but that is exactly My Team does. Yes, at times it can feel a little overwhelming as I would forget to train my second driver or improve my facility, but that is a true compliment to the developers and what they have provided in terms of player involvement.

Controls

F1 is all about power, precision (and money), and Codemasters does an excellent job of delivering an accessible set of options and controls for people of all skill levels. I am a seasoned veteran of this series, and I naturally gravitate to some of the hardest settings available in the game. For many though, that has been an issue, and a reason why they have not stuck with the F1 series to this point.

Thankfully, that issue has been all but eradicated with the inclusion of two modes for F1 2020, standard and casual. Both give you the ability to tune each setting from break assist all the way to controller dead zone, but casual allows for a bit more assistance by taking all of the options — in-car and out — and condensing them into a few basic choices that are more understandable.

I can say that not much has changed in terms how the car feels on the track with either option. There is an amazing level of precision that comes with either a controller or a wheel (I tested with Fanatec CSL Elite F1), and the more time I put in on the track at each venue the more control I possessed, and the more comfort I felt pushing the car with each lap turned.

Have no worries if a wheel isn’t part of your peripheral ensemble at home because using a controller felt every bit as satisfying. F1 2020 still requires time, patience, and practice to become a very good driver, but the jumping-off point is a bit easier now for those who struggled before.

The Beauty And Presentation

The presentation and real-world graphical fidelity on display in F1 2020 is more authentic than just about anything else out there today. From the car models to the venues to the transitioning weather, every single aspect of a full race weekend makes me feel like I’m watching, and better yet, participating in an F1 broadcast.

There is a genius to the way the camera cuts are delivered and the flyovers are presented. So many times, I have caught myself watching full replays or simple flyovers of the tracks and the cities just because of how beautiful they look and how well they are presented.

There is a true elegance and beauty to the overall graphics and presentation package in F1 2020. I struggle to think how much better it could be or what they could add, but I have confidence they will somehow keep doing that in the years to come.

F1 2020 Review – What I Don’t Like

Career Mode Story Removal

If you played F1 2019, then you know there was a story that followed you during your career. It was somewhat predictable and odd at times, but it felt like something that could be built upon and fleshed out. Nevertheless, it has basically been removed. The option to run a full F2 championship is still there, and you can still work your way up while gaining much-needed experience, but it would have been nice to see the story idea from 2019 continue to grow and evolve.

Load Times

I tested F1 2020 on PC, Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, and while load times on PC were never an issue, it might be a bit noticeable for some on a console. Is this a huge deal? Absolutely not, but the load times were long enough for me to notice, and they’re something that could grate on you a bit as you play the game more and more.

F1 2020 Review – Bottom Line

From the outside looking in, F1 2020 may have the same look as previous titles. However, when you factor in the My Team mode and the casual assist options, the game is still much better off this year and could grab a new demographic of people as well. The biggest gripe about the F1 series has always been that it’s too technical for most people to squeeze the juice out of it. Codemasters has done an excellent job of trying to eradicate that problem by making the title more accessible to the masses, and the improvements here should accomplish just that.

If you’re an F1 fan, a racing fan or just a slightly interested outsider, make sure that F1 2020 by Codemasters is in your rotation. The racing genre has a strong presence in this year’s summer and fall lineup, and with the addition of F1 2020, it just got even stronger.

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  1. Good review. I have been playing F1 games for years and it's nice to see a casual mode. I play with a pad and I'm not very fast at all. I usually am off the pace like 3 seconds on 80 difficulty. So I play at 40 on F1 2019.  I need some help maybe it's just pad users  are much slower than wheel users. 
    I can imagine with both NH5 and F1 2020 releasing the same week that time has been scarce in the Kollars household.
    Nicely done, good reviews on both.
    Thinking I might just pay the extra $10 and get the game now instead of Friday. Ive been playing the F1 games since 2010 and I always loved them.
    I'm on a controller and race with full TC and the corners braking line on, but I race in cockpit cam exclusively and was on 90-100 AI difficulty in 2019. The biggest thing im looking forward to is the realistic AI mistakes. I was watching an Aarava MyTeam video at Bahrain where Hamilton got too much right side curb at Turn 12 and lost control, tried to save it but overcorrected and spun back to the right onto the track, and Verstappen nailed him square in the sidepod. Something ive never seen before in an F1 game.
    Although im hoping to be able to build a PC and buy a wheel setup soon so I can play this on PC with mods and an UW screen.
    This review is spot on. I got the Schumacher edition (on sale for $63) and played a fair amount yesterday. My Team is fantastic and where I spent most of my time. I do wish we were given the option to automate some aspects because there are a lot of responsibilities. Also, your car sticks out like a sore thumb with generic liveries, sponsor logos, and team badges. I created a Chevrolet team to focus on being better than Haas to start, but there's no way to make it look like a Chevrolet branded car. Very unfortunate.
    Everything else about the game is as expected, which is great. It's a very familiar experience outside of My Team. Technically, the series hit its capability ceiling a few years ago on this gen of consoles. It looks and performs exactly the same as the last few editions. That makes it not much more than a roster and livery update over past versions, aside from My Team. They could have compensated by adding commentary, more customization options, etc. But they didn't, which feels like they're resting on their laurels instead of pushing the series forward. But since it's already such a solid game, it gets somewhat of a pass like The Show series.
    Great game, great new mode with My Team, but VERY familiar experience. Also, here's to hoping they patch in the new black Mercedes livery ASAP since the old silver arrows are currently in the game.
    Got to hand it to Codies... they've done it again. Fantastic game. It's got a few issues to work out with the initial release. XB right now is stuck on version 1.01 while PS/PC are at 1.03. So, I assume for me that's whats caused a few of the odd quirks I've seen. Once the patch clears MS certification I'm sure it'll work itself out.
    The driving model is much smoother it feels like. Feels like the cars have alot more stability now. I haven't bothered to try the casual mode that provides steering assistance and other assists, but racing on my same settings as F12019 feels alot more stable and... easier in a way. So I assume Casual mode will really help the new players get into the series.
    I like the changes so far with Career & My Team mode. There seems to be quite a bit involved with My Team, but most of it feels pretty simple really. Just a matter of a different approach to R&D and driver development really. You'll use your R&D points to improve the same parts of the car as always, but in a different way. You'll use money as well to improve drivers as well as using a combination of money & R&D to upgrade your facilities to allow the usual R&D method to expand as well. As much as it's a new mode it really feels more like a complete revamp to the normal R&D upgrading from Career mode previously. Seems some of these changes translated over to Career mode now as well.
    I agree with the above the the car creator in My Team leaves a bit to be desired. Be nice to have real sponsors, but the fake sponsors they provide do allow you to create cars that can fill themselves out. There is a real lack of base liveries right now with only about 4 to choose from, but once they iron out the issue with the "pit pass" you'll be able to "buy" others with in game currencies by playing and unlocking them. More options will follow. You do have 5 sponsor spots to put decals on the car. Each spot places a sponsor in two spots on the car. Initially with only one sponsor you've only got one decal to place at each of the 5(10) slots. As you unlock more sponsors as your team progresses though, you can change the sponsor slots. So I think you just need to be patient as your team progresses to really fill out the sponsors. Each sponsor of course brings money weekly to help build the team. Doesn't appear that there will be much challenge in keeping the team afloat; but it does look like it will take alot of grinding to build that team up from a facility & R&D standpoint, as well as developing or hiring your second driver too.
    Zandvoort.. wow, what a quick tricky little track too. damn that's a fun drive. Not sure it'll be a fun race, but to run it in timetrial mode as a test session... it's fun.
    All in all, another great entry.
    Can't wait to play this game.
    Got a wheel during quarantine for ATS, but I've been doing a whole lot more racing as my computer stinks.
    I hope the NASCAR games can reach this level of detail soon.
    Already have the game downloaded and preloaded in Steam. Trying PC for the first time in the series but figured that made more sense since I already have it setup for iRacing. Really hoping there are mods to allow My Team to have realistic sponsor and custom liveries.
    Sorry for the long read ahead, but I really wanted to share my thoughts on the F1 series…
    Let me begin by saying that I’m a newcomer to F1, so I don’t have a wealth of experience to build upon, but I have to say that I’ve found this game series to be absolutely exceptional. I’m knocking on the door to big five-oh in September and have never really gotten into F1. The NHL, MLB, and up until the last two decades or so, the NFL have occupied my sport viewing time, but I stumbled upon the F1 series on Netflix last year and was immediately hooked! Learning about the teams and their drivers as they navigated their way through the F1 season was engrossing, to say the least.
    So, I took a chance and bought F1 2019 when it was on sale for like $30 or something and was instantaneously blown away by how well put together the game was. Periodically I’ve read reviews of past iterations and those reviews were almost universal in their acclaim for the game, but as someone who never really found any type of motorsport interesting, I usually shrugged and moved along. What a mistake! How the heck have I not been playing this until now!?
    What I found to be so appealing about the game is that it did, what I think anyways, all sports titles should do – it allowed for both novices such as my self and experts to play it and enjoy it with the same amount of enthusiasm. The game welcomed me in with open arms and didn’t make me feel like an idiot for being new to the sport. For example, I had no concept about something such as “Fuel Management.” Heck, up until last year I had no idea that F1 cars weren’t allowed to refuel during a race. I just thought you jumped in the car, raced as fast you could at every opportunity and if you were running low on fuel, just box and refuel. But did the game leave me to my own devices to try and figure out why I was stalling out in the middle of a lap? No. During the practice sessions leading up to the race it walked me through the importance of managing my fuel load and how to properly use it during the race.
    Moreover, if you’re an expert at the F1 game and are intimately familiar with the rules, regulations and nuances of the sport, such as fuel management, you can simply skip through the explanations and jump right into playing. There are countless other instances such as that that I could mention where the game does a superb job of introducing a rookie to the world of F1, while simultaneously allowing for a more experienced driver the freedom to immerse him/herself as deep as he/she wants to go, while all the while not subjecting him/her to hearing repeated explanations of F1 rules.
    Due to such a fantastic experience with F1 2019, I had no qualms of pre-ordering the F1 2020 Schumacher Edition, and boy, am I glad I did. It is pretty much everything 2019 was (save for the removal of the rivalry story in career mode) and more. The addition of “My Team” is a tremendous attribute for the series and I seriously hope they keep it going on the new console iterations. Again, for the Johnny-come-lately such as myself, this mode does a great job of pulling back the curtain on the intricate workings of a F1 team. I’m sure there’s much more that could be added to this mode, and hopefully will be in future incarnations, but Codemasters has laid a solid foundation from which to build upon.
    Another improvement with the 2020 version is the sound. The engines sound spectacular. I may be imagining it, but I don’t think I am because my friends have noticed it as well, but there has been a major upgrade in the sound output department, which for a sim racing game is huge.
    I do not play online except private races with friends, so I really cannot offer an educated opinion regarding any of those modes.
    All in all it’s a relief to know that there is a sports game series out there that doesn’t take experienced gamers for granted by merely offering the same old tripe year after year, while at the same time offering a product that opens the door for beginners to safely walk through and not be afraid of what they find.
    Enjoying the game a lot. It looks great, and the presentation is a slick representation of a real broadcast. 
    Only issue I have? I absolutely suck at it. Wish there was a mode that offered some coaching. 
    I only drove it for probably 45 minutes last night, but the cars are DEFINITELY easier to keep control of than they were in the prior versions with all assists off. The brake lockup isn't as prevalent, and they have stopping distances that feel more like what I'd expect from a Formula 1 car.
    I know other people have complained so I won't rehash it, but stopping the cars in prior versions felt like boats slowing down. It made no sense. Last night I was able to really push it deep into a corner and threshold brake to the point that I had to modulate the pedal quite a bit, and still managed to get the car turned most times.
    And I may go back and play F1 2019 for comparison, but the cockpit camera in my triple screen setup seemed to be a bit more flexible and not quite as stretched. The mirrors weren't an entire monitor's-width wide, for example. And some of the sharpening options they've included made it look very, very good last night.
    Looking forward to actually trying the My Team mode, as all I turned was time trials to see how it felt. It's great to know that with a very expensive setup/rig, it actually feels like I'll get my money's worth out of it and not feel compelled to play it on a controller, instead (like I do with most sim-cade titles).
    BaylorBearBryant
    Enjoying the game a lot. It looks great, and the presentation is a slick representation of a real broadcast.*
    Only issue I have? I absolutely suck at it. Wish there was a mode that offered some coaching.*

    F12020 has a casual mode now. Give that a try.
    Also, dont be afraid to run with assists on, including the racing line until you get used to the tracks and the cars.
    brandon27
    F12020 has a casual mode now. Give that a try.
    Also, dont be afraid to run with assists on, including the racing line until you get used to the tracks and the cars.

    Do a race with practice sessions. They give you goals on things to test that will greatly help you learn the track. You can keep on resetting the session to keep on practicing as well.
    That's how i learn a new track. One of the things they have is gates you have to drive through which helps you learn the line and figure out if you are super slow in certain areas.
    bronxbombers21325
    Starts are way too easy this year. In the 2 races I’ve done so far I have started 6th, and 5th and was in 1st by the first corner both times.

    Crank up the AI? Using manual start or assisted? Traction control?
    I've had a mixed bag to be honest. Some starts I've got a great launch, others I've been blown off the line.
    I find the AI this year to be more challenging. They're faster. Especially if you're in a Williams or other lower tier car trying to keep pace with the Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull cars. There's always been separation in this series in the cars, but I find it more noticeable this year than years past. I've had some great back and forth battles too.
    Metsaholic230
    Do a race with practice sessions. They give you goals on things to test that will greatly help you learn the track. You can keep on resetting the session to keep on practicing as well.
    That's how i learn a new track. One of the things they have is gates you have to drive through which helps you learn the line and figure out if you are super slow in certain areas.

    Agree with this 100 percent. It makes the game so much better!
    As a newcomer to this series, I'm really impressed with the whole "race weekend" experience. I do like a realistic game, but I also don't mind visual aids that help me optimize my performance, and so the "Programs" that are baked into the practice sessions are really helpful to me. I'm especially enjoying the Track Acclimation one. Of course when I really want to race seriously all the aids can go off, but when I'm just learning a track I'll take all the help I can get....lol.
    bcruise
    As a newcomer to this series, I'm really impressed with the whole "race weekend" experience. I do like a realistic game, but I also don't mind visual aids that help me optimize my performance, and so the "Programs" that are baked into the practice sessions are really helpful to me. I'm especially enjoying the Track Acclimation one. Of course when I really want to race seriously all the aids can go off, but when I'm just learning a track I'll take all the help I can get....lol.

    Hope all is good. Glad you're enjoying it. This game really feels great with a wheel, much better than 2019 and better than any console racer that I have tried. I didn't have to make any adjustments out of the box.
    The A.I is definitely much tougher than 2019, they are fast and clean.
    Handling ERS is much easier this year, I just have to remember to shut it off before the corners.
    Haven't tried online yet but would love to race in a league with some guys from here. Codemasters have definitely knocked it out of the park this year and hope to see y'all on the track.
    BIG CAROLINA
    Hope all is good. Glad you're enjoying it. This game really feels great with a wheel, much better than 2019 and better than any console racer that I have tried. I didn't have to make any adjustments out of the box.
    The A.I is definitely much tougher than 2019, they are fast and clean.
    Handling ERS is much easier this year, I just have to remember to shut it off before the corners.
    Haven't tried online yet but would love to race in a league with some guys from here. Codemasters have definitely knocked it out of the park this year and hope to see y'all on the track.

    I've got a G29 coming in this week and I can't wait to play this game with it. It'll be the first wheel I've ever owned so it's going to be quite the new experience!
    bravesfan1984
    I've got a G29 coming in this week and I can't wait to play this game with it. It'll be the first wheel I've ever owned so it's going to be quite the new experience!

    Congratulations braves, it may take some getting used to but once you do you will never want to got back to a controller for racing games. Make sure you have a sturdy place to attach it. Let me know if you have any questions.
    BIG CAROLINA
    Congratulations braves, it may take some getting used to but once you do you will never want to got back to a controller for racing games. Make sure you have a sturdy place to attach it. Let me know if you have any questions.
    Appreciate that! I ordered a wheel stand along with it, so I'm all set. I'm sure I'll have some questions along the way.
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    I had no intentions of getting F1 2020 as I'm more of a casual F1/racing fan and figured that my copy of F1 2019 (a game that I enjoyed) on PS4 would scratch my occasional F1 itch. I just recently finished building my first gamin PC (I know, late to the party) and was looking on Steam for a games to purchase experience on my PC. Much to my surprise, F1 2020 was highly rated and listed in the top 10 on Steam. I pulled the trigger and downloaded the game.
    Having played for about 2 hours, two thoughts: 1. F1 2020 is MUCH better than 2019 and 2. Get the game on PC is you're a PC gamer. Playing F1 2020 maxed out (2070 Super) on a 1440p/144hz monitor is unlike anything I've ever experienced. Probably the best word I could describe it is immersive. I don't have wheel so I've been playing on an Xbox Elite 2 controller and have found it very playable/enjoyable. The My Team mode is a great addition and I will probably spend most of my time with the game in this mode. Still trying decide on a team name and color scheme :)
    Bottom line, I echo the review and believe F1 2020 is worth a buy even if you've played the last several F1 games. And if you can, get it on PC.
    OSUXUGrad
    I had no intentions of getting F1 2020 as I'm more of a casual F1/racing fan and figured that my copy of F1 2019 (a game that I enjoyed) on PS4 would scratch my occasional F1 itch. I just recently finished building my first gamin PC (I know, late to the party) and was looking on Steam for a games to purchase experience on my PC. Much to my surprise, F1 2020 was highly rated and listed in the top 10 on Steam. I pulled the trigger and downloaded the game.
    Having played for about 2 hours, two thoughts: 1. F1 2020 is MUCH better than 2019 and 2. Get the game on PC is you're a PC gamer. Playing F1 2020 maxed out (2070 Super) on a 1440p/144hz monitor is unlike anything I've ever experienced. Probably the best word I could describe it is immersive. I don't have wheel so I've been playing on an Xbox Elite 2 controller and have found it very playable/enjoyable. The My Team mode is a great addition and I will probably spend most of my time with the game in this mode. Still trying decide on a team name and color scheme :)
    Bottom line, I echo the review and believe F1 2020 is worth a buy even if you've played the last several F1 games. And if you can, get it on PC.
    Do you have triples yet? Add that and you will never want to go back. Lol unfortunately my PC is on its last legs and while I can run Triples in iRacing, I just don't have the power under the hood to run triples on F1 2020. But it's still a awesome game even on a single monitor.
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    Jeffrey99
    Do you have triples yet? Add that and you will never want to go back. Lol unfortunately my PC is on its last legs and while I can run Triples in iRacing, I just don't have the power under the hood to run triples on F1 2020. But it's still a awesome game even on a single monitor.
    Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

    LOL that's what I hear!! I'm just using one monitor at the moment and it works well. If I went out and purchased two more IPS monitors, the wife will pitch a fit!! LMAO!! If I can find the same monitor on sale I may spring for a couple more but then I would want to buy a wheel, and so on...
    And correction for my original post, this my first gaming PC I built on my own. I had a pre-built I purchased last fall and it wasn't until I realized how cheap and under whelming the components were did I decide to build my own rig. Best decision I've made when it comes to gaming but will keep my consoles too, I'm a fanboy of gaming no matter the system :)
    Echoing what Jeffrey99 said...I didn't go back and run F1 2019 to compare, but it sure feels better in triples this year, even if they don't have "true" triple screen support. I take my sims very seriously. This isn't really a "sim", but it's fun as Hell regardless.
    Running on a Fanatec Podium DD2 (I swap to their Formula V2 with the podium paddle shifter module on it for F1), Ricmotech GTPro 3 Hydraulic Pedals, and triple 32" 144Hz curved displays. My 4th monitor keeps the track map from simhub on it, and my phone that's mounted on my DD2 is my car instrumentation.
    Even though the side monitors are 'stretched' some, this game absolutely feels incredible in a trips setup. I don't know what they've done to the engine (some sharpening perhaps), but it looks significantly better than it did in the prior version on the same rig/PC. And even the stretching doesn't seem as dramatic. Mirrors are less distorted, looks quite a bit better all-around.
    So I am on standard not casual and there is no way to adjust the practice length from short. Has anyone found a way to change it? I have practice set to full, but then for length it has short and I can’t change it? The only way to get the full practice is enabling pro career which I do not want to do.
    After a week of playing, I have to say that this game really is a joy. As I said in my earlier post, I'm new to the F1 sport and game so I'm still learning the nuances of the sport, but I'm having a blast in doing so! Through this game and the Netflix series, I've gotten to know the teams and drivers almost to the point where I don't have to keep going to the F1 website to see who is who.
    I'm playing on PS4 Pro with a Thrustmaster T150/2 pedals. I know it's a pretty basic wheel and pedal system but it suits my rookie needs, and it keeps the fun factor elevated.
    I'm learning!
    cfiore99
    So I am on standard not casual and there is no way to adjust the practice length from short. Has anyone found a way to change it? I have practice set to full, but then for length it has short and I can’t change it? The only way to get the full practice is enabling pro career which I do not want to do.

    I think practice scales to the race length.
    cfiore99
    So I am on standard not casual and there is no way to adjust the practice length from short. Has anyone found a way to change it? I have practice set to full, but then for length it has short and I can’t change it? The only way to get the full practice is enabling pro career which I do not want to do.

    You can always just speed up the practice after you are done or just skip to the next event.
    Zlax45
    You can always just speed up the practice after you are done or just skip to the next event.

    He's saying he wants to make practice longer, not shorter.
    Few more comments about my experience so far:
    I really like how the program goals are tuned to the difficulty. For the qualifying program on the first F2 course, Bahrain, I tried running at at 100 AI level first and it gave me a target time of around 1:38. Then I reset the session, changed the AI level to 50, and the target time became 1:45. That's a good sign for me because I don't like messing around with difficulty settings mid-career - I feel like it cheapens the experience some. I want to find a setting that's balanced for me and then hopefully not have to touch it again once the career gets rolling.
    One thing that's bothering me that I'm probably missing how to do it - is it possible to bring up the lower right HUD (with the DRS panel, among other things) in cockpit view? Honestly I'm not a huge fan of cockpit in these cars anyway because of the bar directly in the middle, but I wondered if it was possible to do that. For now I'm enjoying the TV pod cam.
    bcruise
    Few more comments about my experience so far:
    I really like how the program goals are tuned to the difficulty. For the qualifying program on the first F2 course, Bahrain, I tried running at at 100 AI level first and it gave me a target time of around 1:38. Then I reset the session, changed the AI level to 50, and the target time became 1:45. That's a good sign for me because I don't like messing around with difficulty settings mid-career - I feel like it cheapens the experience some. I want to find a setting that's balanced for me and then hopefully not have to touch it again once the career gets rolling.
    One thing that's bothering me that I'm probably missing how to do it - is it possible to bring up the lower right HUD (with the DRS panel, among other things) in cockpit view? Honestly I'm not a huge fan of cockpit in these cars anyway because of the bar directly in the middle, but I wondered if it was possible to do that. For now I'm enjoying the TV pod cam.

    You can remove the bar in the middle while in cockpit view, I think it's in the camera settings, not sure exactly where but I have it removed.
    BIG CAROLINA
    You can remove the bar in the middle while in cockpit view, I think it's in the camera settings, not sure exactly where but I have it removed.

    Press the menu button while in the game, go to preferences and then down to camera customization and on the bottom is the halo option
    bcruise
    Few more comments about my experience so far:
    I really like how the program goals are tuned to the difficulty. For the qualifying program on the first F2 course, Bahrain, I tried running at at 100 AI level first and it gave me a target time of around 1:38. Then I reset the session, changed the AI level to 50, and the target time became 1:45. That's a good sign for me because I don't like messing around with difficulty settings mid-career - I feel like it cheapens the experience some. I want to find a setting that's balanced for me and then hopefully not have to touch it again once the career gets rolling.
    One thing that's bothering me that I'm probably missing how to do it - is it possible to bring up the lower right HUD (with the DRS panel, among other things) in cockpit view? Honestly I'm not a huge fan of cockpit in these cars anyway because of the bar directly in the middle, but I wondered if it was possible to do that. For now I'm enjoying the TV pod cam.

    Just a warning, those qualy programs can be misleading in F2. I've ran a couple and always missed (on 100ish AI difficulty) but when it comes to real qualy and the race that level is pretty solid for me.
    What I would suggest is running an F2 qualy program in grand prix mode, one shot, and making sure you hit every corner perfectly. Keep running it again, same process, until your time matches the top AI driver. For races I would suggest turning up the difficulty another 3-5.
    That way if you really nail your qualy session you'll be towards the top, and any mistakes will send you down the leaderboard.
    Casual racer.
    Put more time into the game so far than probably the last 5 combined.
    Couple things I really love and some have been in the game already but when combined with the new casual setting it's just about perfect.
    Turning off damage, driving with a controller seems to be less jumpy with casual, mid session saves for races and the ability to change the ai so I don't easily win or finish last all the time.
    I like that I can change to standard setting later and try to up the challenge.
    For me turning off the damage has allowed me to race hard into the corners and not constantly damage my wing when I bump the ai or get passed by 3 cars because of braking to avoid running into the ai. With damage off I still try my best to avoid collisions as if my car can be damaged.
    I imagine if I didn't use casual setting and had most assists off I could be quicker but it's nice to be able to set it so the game is fun but can be a nice challenge.
    In my game with my ai setting on a certain track Hamilton's fastest lap might be 1:30, in your game 1:22 but I'm around 1:33 and challenging for points.
    Right now I'm finding myself spend a couple hours with practice, qualifying and the race and when I'm done I can't wait to do another one tomorrow.
    I found F1 2019 last year, knew next to nothing about F1 in general, and I quickly fell in love with it as the best sim racing game I've ever played.
    Picked up F1 2020 last weekend on the Steam sale, and I like the improvements. The new owner mode is a nice addition for those of us who like that total sim experience. The controls are still insanely good. While I wish that I had a full racing setup, I honestly can't complain about the responsiveness of the controller.
    I would like to see some expansion of the team owner mode. I like the feature, but it doesn't feel all that different from the standard career mode. It would be nice to be able to do things like hire your own pit crew, and a bit more in various "corporate" decisions.
    Great game though. Easily 9/10
    KSUowls
    I found F1 2019 last year, knew next to nothing about F1 in general, and I quickly fell in love with it as the best sim racing game I've ever played.
    Picked up F1 2020 last weekend on the Steam sale, and I like the improvements. The new owner mode is a nice addition for those of us who like that total sim experience. The controls are still insanely good. While I wish that I had a full racing setup, I honestly can't complain about the responsiveness of the controller.
    I would like to see some expansion of the team owner mode. I like the feature, but it doesn't feel all that different from the standard career mode. It would be nice to be able to do things like hire your own pit crew, and a bit more in various "corporate" decisions.
    Great game though. Easily 9/10

    I love "My team" mode which is what I assume you're referring to when you say owner mode. However I do agree with you in the sense that it needs more meat to it. First year of the mode, I get that but they've got a solid foundation there. Problem is I'm in year 4 of my one save and my facilities are all maxed out. I'm the top team on the grid performance wise, even after having regulation changes hit durability, aero & engine all in one offseason. Now I'm halfway into season 4 and I'm sitting here with $50m in the bank with nothing to spend it on unless I wanted to hire Hamilton or something; no thanks on that because I like Norris as my teammate and I like the rest of my current driver lineup with the top teams. So I'm sitting here now going ok, what's the point? Still love it, no doubt, but now it just feels like I'm playing career mode with my own livery and no ability to change teams. Maybe if I get another regulation change it will lower my facility rankings? I haven't noticed that yet though if it does. Hopefully it does as it gives me a reason to keep signing sponsors and earning cash.
    I think there is a ton of opportunity to build on this mode, it's going to take time though. I'm actually surprised that your pit crew wasn't one of the "facilities". There used to be part of the R&D tree back several years ago that boosted your pit crew to reduce pit stop times and such. I'm surprised they went with "Marketing" over that, but I think it's something they should add back in.
    Curious to see what they add to the mode for year 2 because it has tons of potential. I think the challenge they have though is how "tough" to make the mode. Like I said, I'm in season 4 and I'm maxed out even after 3 reg. changes in one offseason. I'm sitting here going well this was too easy. Why do I need a 10 year "my team" mode. If they nerfed R&D points given out, or made parts more expensive then people would complain it takes too long because "who ever plays a 10 year career" would be all you'd hear.
    Personally I dont want them to change that stuff, I just want them to add more things to do in building my team. I've recently started a new game save with a new team, this time I wont run practice sessions myself to earn more R&D points, Ill just sim them. I also won't max out the facility upgrade that earns R&D points weekly as fast as I did in my other save. This should help slow down the progression of my team through R&D and hopefully I wont be the top of the grid as fast. That doesn't help me with the money issue, but maybe they can find other things to "buy" and "pay" for, such as pit crew, engineers, strategist etc. etc.

    Welcome to Daland F1. Eat your heart out Tom Cruise.
    Very much enjoying 2020 and secured a 13th place finish at Australia to start the season while the Mercs lapped everyone but Red Bull and Ferrari.
    Was a very fun race with some rain to force everyone on inters midway through the race. Qualified 17th and finished 13th while Hubert (RIP) qualified 19th and finished 15th.
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    KSUowls
    I found F1 2019 last year, knew next to nothing about F1 in general, and I quickly fell in love with it as the best sim racing game I've ever played.
    Picked up F1 2020 last weekend on the Steam sale, and I like the improvements. The new owner mode is a nice addition for those of us who like that total sim experience. The controls are still insanely good. While I wish that I had a full racing setup, I honestly can't complain about the responsiveness of the controller.
    I would like to see some expansion of the team owner mode. I like the feature, but it doesn't feel all that different from the standard career mode. It would be nice to be able to do things like hire your own pit crew, and a bit more in various "corporate" decisions.
    Great game though. Easily 9/10

    I'm in the same boat as you as far as being new to the game (I'm also new to the sport) and I also quickly fell in love with it. I started playing last year's game on a controller as well and loved it, but my son gave me a wheel for Christmas last year because he noticed I was playing the game a lot, and let me tell you it's substantially more fun playing on the wheel. It's not a high end wheel and I don't have any elaborate setup, but it still adds a layer of immersion that really makes the game that much more enjoyable.
    I agree with your assessment on the "My Team" mode with it being a good start and foundation, but hopefully it'll be expanded upon in next year's version. Besides the pit crew modifications that you suggested, I would like to see the ability for your team to be sold to another owner if you run out of funds or if you're continually producing poor results, like what's happening with the Williams team in real life right now.
    brandon27
    I love "My team" mode which is what I assume you're referring to when you say owner mode. However I do agree with you in the sense that it needs more meat to it. First year of the mode, I get that but they've got a solid foundation there. Problem is I'm in year 4 of my one save and my facilities are all maxed out. I'm the top team on the grid performance wise, even after having regulation changes hit durability, aero & engine all in one offseason. Now I'm halfway into season 4 and I'm sitting here with $50m in the bank with nothing to spend it on unless I wanted to hire Hamilton or something; no thanks on that because I like Norris as my teammate and I like the rest of my current driver lineup with the top teams. So I'm sitting here now going ok, what's the point? Still love it, no doubt, but now it just feels like I'm playing career mode with my own livery and no ability to change teams. Maybe if I get another regulation change it will lower my facility rankings? I haven't noticed that yet though if it does. Hopefully it does as it gives me a reason to keep signing sponsors and earning cash.

    Did you overachieve a lot early? For instance if you are regularly finishing higher than the bottom 4-6 early on then maybe your AI difficulty isn't high enough, which leads to better results and faster growth of your team. I have no clue if that is the case. Just exposing a theory.

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