“F1 2010” – Checklist

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To accompany the F1 Fanatic review of “F1 2010” by Codemasters, here is a checklist of commonly requested features in the game:

PlatformsSony Playstation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, PC
Season data2010
Maximum cars on track24
Game modesCareer, custom season, individual race, time trial
Difficulty modesEasy, Medium, Hard, Expert
Race distanceBetween one lap and full distance
In-season driver changes (Yamamoto, Heidfeld)No
Download-able contentNot planned
Customise driver nameYes
Third party modificationsNot supported
Rules and regulations
Marshal flagsYellow, green, blue, black, black-and-white, chequered
Safety carNo
Race stoppagesNo
Mandatory pit stop ruleYes (for races of at least 20% distance)
Top ten qualifiers start race on tyres they set best time onYes
Grid penaltiesYes
Drive-through penaltiesYes
Stop-go penaltiesNo
Post-race time penaltiesYes
Race disqualificationYes
Tyre wearYes
Prime and option tyre differenceYes
Car failuresNo
Damage affects handlingYes
Damage can end raceYes
Adjustable front wingYes
Adjustable engine settingsYes
Pit lane speed limiterYes
Set-up options
Front wing angle1 – 11
Rear wing angle1 – 11
Brake balance 60/40 – 40/60 (front to rear)
Brake pressureLow/Medium/High
Brake sizeSmall/Standard/Large
Ballast distribution 100/0 – 0/100 (front to rear)
Front anti-roll bar1 – 11
Rear anti-roll bar1 – 11
Front ride height1 – 11
Rear ride height1 – 11
Front sping stiffness1 – 11
Rear sping stiffness1 – 11
Gear ratiosDefined by speed per gear
Throttle mapStandard/fast
Front camber-1.5 – -0.5
Rear camber-3.5 – -2.5
Front toe0.15 – 0.05
Rear toe0.5 – 0.2
Driving assistance
Braking assistanceOff/On
Anti-lock brakingOff/On
Traction controlOff/Medium/Full
Dynamic racing lineOff/Corners Only/Always On
Pit limiterManual/Automatic
Pit box controlManual/Automatic
Flashbacks (Jump back to earlier point in session)Yes, limited by difficulty level
Online multi-playerYes
Vote to skip tracks/drop players?Yes
Console link mutli-playerYes
Split-screen multi-playerNo
Multiple players on one console catered for by ‘time trial party’ mode
Maximum players12 (one per team)
Full-length replaysYes (post-race; shorter replays in-race)
Save replaysNo

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“F1 2010” by Codemasters

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44 comments on ““F1 2010” – Checklist”

  1. My copy turned up this afternoon! woohoo, I think I know what I’m doing tonight!

    1. I’ve ordered (well, pre-ordered) with Amazon who wont be releasing it until Monday, despite global release being the 24th!? What a joke!

      1. its awesome. I played a few laps before heading to work. can wait till I go home.

        1. you mean you didn’t take the day off?

          I am working from home atm, this is going to be *hard*

  2. Aw no car failures and you can’t save replays. They seem to be the only bad points though, can’t wait to play it :D

  3. Thats really annoying they haven’t fixed the worst feature of GRID! no saving replays!!! grrr.

    Oh well.

  4. Quick tip guys, take off braking assist straight away, it auto forces you to brake way too early.

    1. I like that – I think if you’re using driving aids it should make you slower than you could be without them.

      1. Braking assists actually destroys lap times, you should only use it for the first 3 laps of a track to learn the braking zones.

        It’ll stop you from going full throttle when you need to/want to.

        1. Oops forgot to say sorry, the driving aids are only really there for control pad users.

          If you’ve got a steering wheel driving aids must be turned off, they only slow you down, but the braking assist slows everyone down.

          If you have a PS3, you want this wheel

      2. I think that sounds good, as you do. Be assisted or have a try for yourself to improve on what the assistant does. Makes a nice challenge of it.

    2. That and you won’t learn unless you hit the wall a few times…

  5. You only missed mentioning if it supports peripherials like driving wheel for xbox, which I guess it does. Nice list.

    1. Why wouldn’t it?

  6. I’m pleased with most everything that’s been said except for the damage model and the amount of stupid blathering your engineer does. Or really, I should say more the fact that it leaves you out of critical info such as local yellows. Is there at least something on the screen such as a track map that flashes yellow even when you turn him off?

    And of course, the final determining factor: actually driving it to see how she feels. That’s what I’m most eager to find out in person…

  7. I’ve got the game on my office desk. Can’t wait for tonight !
    I think I haven’t played any F1 game for 5 years now !

  8. How have you managed to get your hands on a copy?? Is certain places selling it already??

    1. I’ve been in touch with Codemasters since they announced they had the official licence.

  9. What no Safety Car and car failure? I expected better from Codemasters.
    Anyway expecting my copy soom. Any idea when it releases in Asia? 24th??

    1. The lack of a safety car was announced a long time ago – it’s explained here:

      “F1 2010″ – first play (Pictures & video)

      I don’t think they’ve given a reason for not putting car failures in other than that it was a lower priority than other features that did make it in.

      1. I dont know why car failures would be a difficult feature. The code would be something like:

        * Pick a random number between 1 and 100.
        * If the number is 7, slow the car down and display smoke
        * In the case of Lotus and Virgin, replace 1000 with 5
        * In the case of HRT, replace upper-bound 1000 with 1 :)

        anyway, you know what I mean – they could have used real-world team and engine failure rates to simulate it. Reality should be that if you are driving in a HRT car, you can’t expect to finish each race.

        Do your simulated competitors crash/retire?

        1. Not sure car failures make for much fun in the game.
          If they include it in the future, i should think it is something only activated by the player willing to undergo this (a bit like the guys doing “real death” in online games like warcraft to make it a bigger challenge).

  10. I’m sure lots of people know this but i’ve been playing Geoff Crammond’s GP4 still and it will take a lot to pull me away from it! On my PC i’ve got 2010,2009,2007,2006,2004,2001,1995,1994,1991,1989,1988,1983,1982 and 1979 mods with 84,85 on their way soon. I can also edit how strong the AI is. I know it can take a lot of work but it’s definitely worth it. I play with an xbox360 pad Having said that i’ve pre ordered F1 2010 and i can’t wait for it. If you want to check it out head over to http://www.grandprixgames.com or search for GP4 mods on google as there are video tutorials on youtube.

    1. Shameless Atari plug warning!

  11. Although both were mentioned along time ago its a shame saftey car and car failures arent in it but this is there first year at it so i’d expect them to be in 2011. Saftey car would have made race stratgy more interesting and the car failures is the only obvious thing this game is missing. Still tomorrow will be a good day!

  12. Hi Keith – does the no in-season driver changes apply to the player too? Ie can you be promoted from Virgin to Renault half way through?

    1. If you can, I’ve not been doing well enough to achieve it! And I’m leading the drivers’ championship with Virgin in one game. So I suspect not.

      1. I think you have to talk to your agent about changing teams

        1. Than again, if he is leading with the current team, why change mid season?

      2. …. I bet Keith is playing expert mode…

  13. Only bad things seem to be no car failures. That sucks.

    1. Thats good! Before I was a full time F1Fanatic, I used to play the game and getting poll was a huge acheivement, and I hated starting a race and seeing the whole grid overtake me because of “supposedly random but all to frequent” engine failure ect.

  14. I’ve heard that there is no point in having ABS off as you can’t lock the brakes even if you tried. Is this true?

    1. That is definitely not true. I am driving a Lotus right now with a high downforce setup and i use ABS even though i play with a wheel.. pretty embarrassing. I played Bahrain without ABS and i under steered in a lot of corners because i locked up my brakes. And when i didn’t i braked to little and ran wide. I need more practice before i will have a go without ABS.

      1. I use the wheel and ABS is not required, you simply have to manage the brake pedal, not just stomp your foot on it and hold it down. Also, you can manually adjust your wheel settings ingame to make the pedal less sensitive if you’re looking wheels too much :)

  15. Hehehe, there’s a guy at school who was wonding me up for not having a PS3 for this, so I told him you only have HRT at the start, and you have to unlock new teams by beating them in the Career mode Championship/ Gu-La-Ble

  16. No red flags? A shame, I think that would have made it just that bit more realistic

  17. I already have my copy!! wohooo! but I have to wait until saturday to play… can’t wait.
    By the way, I don’t see why no car failures are such a big deal, when today cars almost never have some mechanical issue who forces you to abandon the race

  18. Well the stop go penalties isn’t a deal breaker, Have there been any this season?

    I’ll reserve judgement until I play it.

  19. Does anyone know whats going on with the north american release of this game?! I pre-ordered from best buy (in seattle), and it was supposed to be released yesterday, but the store STILL hasnt gotten the shipment of the games yet, and none of the other stores Ive called in the area have it either, but I cant find anything about it on google. Has anybody heard of delays or any other detail?

  20. Found this list out there of compatible controllers:


    • DUAL SHOCK 3
    • Logitech Driving Force EX/RX
    • Logitech Driving Force Pro
    • Logitech Driving Force GT
    • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
    • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
    • Thrustmaster Run’N’Drive Wireless Rumble Force
    • Thrustmaster Dual Trigger Rumble Force

    Xbox 360:

    • Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
    • Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
    • Logitech Drive FX Wheel
    • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S


    • Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
    • Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
    • Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel with Force Feedback
    • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S / GT3 RS Wheel
    • Logitech Dual Action
    • Logitech MOMO Racing
    • Logitech MOMO Force
    • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
    • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
    • Logitech Rumble Pad 2
    • Logitech Cordless Rumble Pad 2
    • Logitech Driving Force GT
    • Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Clutch Edition
    • Thrustmaster Ferrari 430 Force Feedback Racing Wheel

  21. The missus bought it for me yesterday and I’m loving it!!….great playability, fantastic graphics and great sound!!….glad it’s the weekend!!

  22. I’ve read the checklist and everyone’s comments, but forgive me if this has already been mentioned.

    One thing time and time again I wish I saw in F1 games is the ability to change drivers, make your own and customize. A lot of people will be playing this for years to come, but you all know how it is! The realism is sapped immediately once you’re racing a driver on the game and then you realise ‘oh yeah, he’s not in F1 anymore’ or if he’s driving for the wrong team.

    Not asking for anything too complex, it’d be just nice to keep the field up to date so the career mode doesn’t age so quickly, thus reducing replayability.

  23. It’s my birthday on the 29th so holding out in case anyone a) buys it for me, or more likely b) gives me gift vouchers for HMV or somewhere that sells it…

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