They’re also being driven by very convincing AI opponents who exploit gaps in braking zones and pounce on your mistakes, but usually leave a fair amount of space while you’re battling. This is very much part of the iterative improvement stock take, since convincing AI has long been a series stronghold, but this year the racing’s noticeably closer and less liable to have you lambasting other drivers like Screamin’ Seb Vettel. Several front wings were damaged during my season-long feud with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, for example, but the racing was always gentlemanly. Just about.
With the fundamentals in fine shape, Career Mode returns with a raft of improvements headlined by mid-season classic car events. The roster of Williams, McLaren, Ferrari and Renault championship-winning motors all feel great, not to mention frightening, but their inclusion via some faintly token mid-season track days belies the difficulty in having such a small number with which to create events that make sense. They’re best enjoyed in time trials, where their individual characteristics can be enjoyed at length and without any overarching objective.