Pete Gaimari, on Apr 14 2019 - 08:00 AM, said:
You don't need to do a full length championship. You can do a short or long race length too. I think you can even do a novice length.
You also don't need to do it all at once. Once you start a championship it's saved. You can do training or single races and come back to the championship anytime you want until it's finished.
I'll admit that doing a full length championship in Pro Mode is quite a challenge. You really have to stay out of the way of the AI and you really need to protect the engine from any damage. I drive the Lotus and always short shift it to keep it healthy
It's a fun challenge though. It will teach you to be fast but in a safe way. Pretty much what you would do if you were in the real 1967 GP race. GPL is a simulation. Shouldn't we be simulating what was reality?
Oh I know I can do shorter ones, but the times I did FULL LENGTH races for a championship were so much more satisfying. I can still remember multiple races. (Warning: The following took place after 1967:)) Like chasing down Coulthard at Monaco for the win and his car expiring five laps from the end so I swept through to victory. Or the race in Spain where in a Williams I fought off Hakkinen's McLaren for the entire race as he'd get right up behind me, but I had more power on the main straight so he couldn't pass. Or racing at Aida, well in the lead, and my engine blowing two laps from home. Or a 3 hour race I did in NR2003, in the Trans Am mod, at Le Mans. I renamed all the drivers to F1 past and present. I started 38th of 43. Finished 5th. I still remember who won. (Mansell.)
I find long races create enduring memories. I can't remember any short ones I've ever done.
And writing that up just reminded me of one of my favourite things with sim racing. Writing up post race reports. (Leagues I was in a lot of people loved reading them, and I really miss writing them.)
John Woods, on Apr 14 2019 - 09:34 AM, said:
He emphasized with several references the difference between good drivers and real racers is very simple.
Real racers finish the race. It does not matter how far behind, how beat up in pain, or whether on three wheels and one gear.
They don't quit.
That's how real racers earn respect.
Interesting timing. Was watching the Netflix F1 documentary series last night, "Driven to Win". One episode is all about Lance Stroll's Dad buying Force India and how either Perez or Ocon would be out. (Editorial: They kept the wrong driver based on ability IMO. I don't buy for a second the team claiming it wasn't about money.) It covers the Mexican Grand Prix I think it was, where Ocon lost his wing at the start, and fought back to 11th place. Will Buxton points out that a lot of drivers would have given up, or even retired, but Ocon kept fighting until the end for 11th place.
You gotta keep going in the race. You never know when weirdness might occur and you'll wind up in an Olivier Panis at Monaco situation:) (Okay, if you go back and watch that race he didn't wind up there entirely via attrition, but the point remains.)
Edited by Spadowski, Apr 15 2019 - 03:06 PM.