I got to say Codemasters have made F1 2010 a bit competitive considering there wasn’t any race in last game, that I didn’t come close to winning (Haven’t finished podium in this one though, in the last five attempts). I mean, it was overall easy game with most of the elements of the F1 racing.
But things are this time around with the new game engine. The game is overall competitive and immerses players into realtime Formula 1 experience, which is what everybody wanted.
Perfection never turns out well, seeing the long list of bugs, F1 2010 has encountered. Anyway, overall gameplay elements and great graphics have to count for something, and not to mention the competitive gameplay.
But hey, if you are having rough ride finishing podium? You need to make the best out of your car in F1 2010. That is, if you stand any chance of podium finish,for which, you will need to tune your car according to track conditions to the perfection or nearly (that is for the career mode as you start off with a lousy team). You can refer to the guide below for assistance in setting up your car for different weather conditions on different tracks.
F1 2010’s Car Set Up screen contains a wealth of options that allow you to set your car up exactly how you like it.
Within this screen you can change the angles of your front and rear wings to either increase or decrease the car’s downforce. Increasing the car’s downforce will make your car slower on the straights but supply more grip in corners.Decreasing downforce will have the opposite effect, making the car faster on the straights with less corner grip.
The Braking option allows you to determine the balance between your front and rear brakes. In a FORMULA ONE car, the brakes are usually balanced towards the front, as weight transfer under braking places additional demands on them.
Changing the Brake Pressure will alter the responsiveness of your brakes, making them brake softer or harder depending upon your settings. This is especially useful for wet races, where using a softer Brake Pressure setting will help to stop the brakes from locking up. Altering the Brake Size will determine how quickly your brakes heat up and become more efficient.
The smaller the brakes, the faster they heat up and the earlier they become efficient. However, smaller brakes will overheat faster and become less effective towards the end of a long session.
Balance enables you to apply and move around ballast. The better the car, the more ballast you’ll have to play with and thus shape car handling. This will change the car’s behavior under braking, around corners and during acceleration.
Altering the cars anti-roll bars determine how much the car rolls when within a corner. With a high anti-roll setting the car will have more speed overall, but less mechanical grip in corners.
Changing the suspension settings will determine the car’s ride height. This in turn alters the amount of downforce a car has. A low ride height will give you more downforce but may cause you to lose speed in corners, especially if you ride the curbs. Be aware that setting a car to have a low ride height will
cause the floor pan to connect with the floor more often and may cause damage to the car.
Altering the stiffness of a car’s springs will determine the amount the car pitches. With harder springs, the car will be more responsive but less stable in corners.
Altering a car’s shift mode allows you to change how quick your car changes gear. Changing the shift mode to fast will allow you to change through the gears quickly but will result in more engine wear.
Using a slower shift mode is beneficial in low grip conditions, especially wet weather, as it will cause the wheels to spin less violently as you change through the gears. You can also set the gears to change at specific speeds within this screen.
The Tires option allows you to change between compounds. You can also change your car’s tire pressure within this menu. A low tire pressure will supply you with more mechanical grip but lower the steering responsiveness, high pressure will make the steering more responsive but cause the car to oversteer.
Each car within FORMULA ONE is allocated just 8 engines to use throughout the season. This means that managing your engines is of paramount importance if you don’t want to struggle late in the season. Within this screen you can decide which of your engines you should fi t for a weekend.
You can also determine the rev limit and throttle maps that you wish to use. Both of these settings supply you with more or less power, and will cause the engine to wear to a greater or lesser degree.
This screen allows you to change the camber and toe settings on your suspension. Changing these settings will increase or decrease your car’s stability but will also affect the rate at which your tires wear.
Good guys at RaceDepartment forum, have posted different car setup guides for F1 2010 under different track conditions for different tracks, you can give them a try, good stuff.