F1 2010 Walkthrough

4. Career


When you are finished with Grand Prix mode, head inside your motor home to begin your F1 Career proper. Depending what team you're in it will look slightly different but everything is always in roughly the same place. Change your helmet if you want before speaking to your Agent. Besides your team's name will be a half white, half grey circle. This represents your relationship with the team. In order to get a repeat contract with this team or a new contract with any team, one of the requisites is that this circle must be at least half white. The circle is never fully white but it only takes two victories to max it out. Selecting View Contract will show your team mate, this years pay and your season objective which at this stage will be no more than 20th place if your with one of the three new teams.

The second thing that affects contract offers is your reputation. Select Team Biography and then scroll along to yourself to see your reputation which is the same for all teams. Your reputation will increase steadily at first but begin to slow down by the time you reach a reputation of 20. The biggest teams require a reputation of around 30-35 whereas the smallest teams need no more than 5-6. However by performing exceptionally well (like winning the world championship) you will get offers from teams that you wouldn't normally have the reputation to drive for. This presents a problem however as no matter how well you drive for this leading team, if you don't have the reputation at the end of the championship, you won't get a repeat offer. This means that you can get into a vicious circle of not being able to accept a contract from the leading team for an trophy if you are winning the championship already, as is likely in the top teams, but not getting a repeat offer so watch out for this.

When you've come to terms with this, interact with Sakhir to bring up the Race Settings. To get the trophies as fast as possible, I recommend at this stage in the game having it set to Short Race Weekend, 20% Race Distance and all assists (with the exception of Braking Assist) on.

When you reach the pits, the first thing you want to do is set the fastest time of the session. If you are pitting manually, which I recommend if you can be bothered as it speeds up your pit stops which are mandatory in Career, there is one more thing you need to do. Before you end the session, you'll want to Go To Track at Sector 3 but then tell your team using cn_T that you're coming straight back into the pits. Do this a couple of times until you are familiar with the pit entrance as the last thing you want is a penalty which means you'll need to restart all 20 minutes of the race. The pit limiter line is so soon after when the computer takes control of the car that you may need to start slowing down before you enter the pit lane at all. This is a problem on some tracks which I'll warn you of but on others there is nothing much to worry about. When you've done this, make sure you don't Skip To Qualifying but instead speed up time using the Race Monitor. When the time sheet comes up on screen make sure you select Return to Paddock.

When you arrive, David Croft will be waiting to interview you. This is your first experience with Impromptu Interviews but just like the Press Conference at the start of the game and throughout the game, the option at the far right is always the most polite and you should always go for it to maintain your relationship with the team. There is one instance in the game where you won't want to choose the far right option for an trophy but I'll talk more about that later. For completing the interview you'll receive an trophy.

Face the press in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have completed your first interview with the media
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Now go back into your motorhome and complete Qualifying and the Race. This race will be the same length as the one you did on Hockenheim earlier but it's very, very unlikely it will be raining here due to the climate of Bahrain. You will want to come first here to get your season off to a great start which will net you the maximum 25 points. Your teammate will not receive any points this race unless you forcefully push people off the track to get him into the top ten but that's not a problem. Wherever you come in this race, you'll get another trophy. If you were on the podium then you'll have to deal with a Press Conference and Holly Samos. Like the interview earlier, the right option is always best for keeping your team happy.

Rookie driver in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have completed your first career race
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What follows is an extremely wordy and perhaps boring analysis of point distribution and potential times when trophies may unlock.

Given that you're the only one in your team scoring points in your first season of Formula 1, you have to score points for two drivers, or the equivalent amount of points that the two drivers of other leading teams manage to accumulate between them. Here's a quick break down of the points in Formula 1 2010.

  1. 25
  2. 18
  3. 15
  4. 12
  5. 10
  6. 8
  7. 6
  8. 4
  9. 2
  10. 1

These points are for the Driver's Championship and the Constructor's Championship is nothing more than the total of the two drivers points from the Driver's Championship. Winning the Driver's Championship is easy and I expect you to win every single race in the season, which gives your Engineer a heart attack when you do. The problem is the Constructor's Championship. With your teammate scoring nothing there are several combinations of positions that rival teams can place that will give them more points for the Constructor's Championship than your first place will for your team. For example...

2nd & 3rd - 33 Points

2nd & 4th - 28 Points

3rd & 4th - 27 Points

2nd & 5th - 26 Points

3rd & 5th - 25 Points

This means that winning the Constructor's Championship is considerably more difficult in your first season and requires you to win every race and even then you might still lose to another team. If you do win every race, its impossible for you to lose the Driver's Championship. The trophy for doing so unlocks the moment no other driver can catch you in terms of points. This can happen at various times throughout the season depending on their performance, and assuming you are winning all the races.

The maximum number of points one driver can score in a season of F1 2010 is 475 Points. If your main rival is coming second in every race (extremely unlikely) then they would have a total of 342 Points at the end of the season. If then your rival is scoring second on the first fifteen races while you are coming first and from then on comes first while you score no points, Marina Bay (Race 15) is the last possible time you can pick up the Driver's Championship if you have won all races up to that point. On the other hand, if the remaining points are distributed evenly across the other drivers so the driver with the least points always receives the most points (i.e. theoretically the furthest into the lead you could be) then the earliest possible time in the season you can win the Driver's Championship provided you are winning the races is Hockenheim (Race 11). However both of those scenarios are hugely unlikely so you can expect the trophy around Spa or Monza (Race 13 & 14 respectively).


When you get back to the Paddock, speak to your Agent to see the relationship pie chart should have a large green wedge. This represents the amount of positive relationship points you earned in the last race as well as the qualifying (but not practice) and all Interviews and Press Conferences. Start the next race whenever you are ready.

When you reach the pit, your Engineer will tell you that they want to do some Performance Tests this session. Before you start make sure you have the best tyres and use Quick Car Setup to choose the best setup for the conditions (it might be raining). Then select R&D Objective and press Accept to be sent immediately out to track. Your first lap will be a warm up since you never crossed the Start/Finish line at racing speeds. When you do start the next lap you'll have seven laps to beat the target time which is always very easy. Doing so will get you another trophy.

Seeking performance in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have successfully completed an R&D test
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The pit lane entrance is much easier on Melbourne than it was on Sakhir but you may want to try it once if you are going for manual pit stops. After that just make sure you come first in both Qualifying and the Race for the most Reputation and Relationship points. Your relationship with your team should be pretty much maxed now. Now complete Malaysia (which has a very fast but easy pit lane entrance) for another trophy.

The magic number in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've won 3 career races
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If you are driving for the one of the three rookie teams then your season objective will be to place at least 20th. Now statistically speaking, after four straight victories it's impossible for you to place that low. Three victories is not enough as although its highly improbable that every other driver receives the exact finishing positions required to knock you down to 21st. However the trophy won't unlock after Shanghai. This is because at this point in the championship it is still possible to ruin your relationship with your team and get kicked out. Instead you have to keep playing until Budapest. After completing that, there is no longer enough races left in the season to lower your relationship with your team to the point where you are kicked out.

Now there is nothing more I can say other than complete the next few races. The racing line is a great help and I recommend you take advantage of the Practice sessions if you are unfamiliar with the tracks if you haven't played them in other racing games.

After finishing 1st in Montreal, speak to your Agent to find that the relationship wheel has now appeared next to a number of other teams. All the wheels will be half white and half grey on your first season. In later seasons a wheel may be fully white if you've helped them win a Championship and it will say Legend rather than Interested. If you keep on winning races, all the teams with wheels will offer you a contract but you'll also receive offers from other teams out of the blue if you win the Driver's Championship.

When you complete Silverstone and assuming you've got 250 Points and your teammate has none, you'll get another trophy as at this point it is impossible for your teammate to catch you in the Driver's Championship.

Rocking the boat in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have finished ahead of your senior team-mate in your first season with a team
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After beating your team mate, the first offer will now come in. Speak to your Agent to review all offers where you can either Accept or Decline offers. The first offer is always a repeat contract with your team if they are available. However do not accept it at this point. Finish 1st on Hockenheim to unlock another trophy.

Attracting attention in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've won a race while under offer of a new contract
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If you are currently in first in the Constructor's Championship then accept this offer for another trophy. If you aren't in first, either wait until you are to extend your contract or wait until you receive an offer from a team that's ahead of you. I've heard that there is some difficulty unlocking this by extending your contract and it means you'll have to wait another season before you can get a certain trophy so try to go for the second option if its available. Hopefully it will unlock regardless of your choice.

Hot property in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
Congratulations! You have won a lucrative contract with a higher placed team
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Complete Budapest and you should get the trophy for meeting a Championship leading team's requirements but only if you are currently in first in the Constructor's Championship.

The big one in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've met the requirements of a Championship leading team
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During the Press Conference at the end of Budapest or an Interview you'll be asked to identify your main rival. This is the one point in the game where you'll want to choose the far left option in conversation instead of the far right. Doing so will get you yet another trophy.

Strength of character in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've selected the most challenging Championship Rival
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After winning Budapest, if you didn't already get an offer from your team for whatever reason, you'll now get a bunch of offers here but you'll want to hold off accepting any of them unless there is an trophy at stake. You'll want to wait until you've won the Driver's Championship before you accept a contract normally.

Keep winning races until you finish Marina Bay. As I mentioned earlier this is the latest possible point you can win the Driver's Championship if you've been winning all the races so far but it's likely you unlocked this on one of the previous two races.

World Champion in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have won the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship
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Now there is nothing left to do but to finish up the Season and win a wealth of trophies all at once. You'll get the "Team Leader" trophy for being promoted to the Number 1 driver even if you move teams and take the Number 2 driver position in this new team. The following trophies pop up across the end of the race, the race results and the interview for winning the season.

Seasoned in F1 2010
Silver Trophy
Seasoned47 (30)
You have completed your first season in Formula 1
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Impress the boss in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've exceeded a career objective
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Built to succeed in F1 2010
Silver Trophy
Your team has won the World Constructors' Title
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Crushing victory in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You showed your team mate how it's done
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Limelight in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
Limelight24 (15)
You finished the season ahead of your Championship Rival
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Consistency is the key in F1 2010
Silver Trophy
You scored a point in each race of a season
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Team leader in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You've taken the number 1 driver position within a team
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Congratulations! You've won your first season of Formula 1. I've got good news and bad news. The good news is you're 75% of the way to getting all trophies. The bad news is you've done only one of seven seasons and haven't even made a start on multiplayer.

If you moved to one of the following teams, Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Red Bull, then your team mate is now of sufficient skill to help you come first and second in a race. Also, if you didn't win the Constructor's Championship last year, you'll almost definitely get it this time around with both you and your teammate scoring plenty of points. Finish in 1st and 2nd for your first trophy of this season.

One-Two in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
One-Two30 (15)
Excellent! You have achieved a one-two finish with your team-mate in a career race
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And now begins the long grind to finish out the season. Just make sure you are getting pole position in every race and winning them all as you go along. Somewhere in between Hockenheim and Marina Bay, you'll win the Driver's Championship and will be rewarded an trophy for your efforts.

Double World Champion in F1 2010
Silver Trophy
You have won the Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship for the second time
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Finish off the season and begin the third one. At this point you should have 38 Pole Positions and 38 Race Wins. You can check your statistics by interacting with your Agent and looking at Team Biography where you'll find information on your progress so far. Now just repeat what you've been doing for the last two seasons on three more races for another trophy and to rival Michael Schumacher's world record of 41 victories from pole position.

Schuperb in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
Schuperb47 (15)
In single player you've beaten Michael Schumacher's record of 40 wins from Pole Position
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Once more, somewhere just after mid-season you'll win the Driver's Championship for the third time and get an trophy.

Triple World Champion in F1 2010
Gold Trophy
You have won your third Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship
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There are only two more offline trophies to go but they both require considerable effort. If you haven't accepted any contract offers, do so now and make sure it's with either Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes or Red Bull. You'll need to be one of these three teams as they have the most powerful cars. Chances are you won't have enough Reputation to get repeat offers from these teams but during your fourth season you should reach the magic number. At which point you should move to one of those three teams if you are unfortunate enough not to be one of them already or stay on at one of those teams to become the Number 1 driver. If you just moved team, you'll need to spend a fifth season making it to the Number 1 seat. So now during your 5th or 6th season you are ready to tackle the hardest trophy in the game. If you didn't accept the repeat contract in the first season (not your fault if it meant missing out on an trophy at that point) then you likely won't have had a chance to use the upgrade system in the game before. This allows you to focus on certain aspects of the car you want to upgrade and is much better than letting your teammate decide for you as it has been in previous seasons potentially.

When you are in the paddock after starting your new season, go to My F1 and then down to Profile. Here turn off Auto save and then go back to save manually. Now go select Sakhir in your motor home and change the difficulty to Expert. Now start the practice session normally. When in the pits, go out on Sector 3 and pause when the four lights disappear and you take control of your car. Turn on all the assists you want now and set about trying to get the fastest time. Make the most of these practice sessions as the AI are significantly more difficult. When you are ready to return to the pits, turn everything off and pick Return To Garage in the pause screen. Instead of skipping a session you'll want to just fast forward time so you can choose to Return To Paddock at the end of each session. It should still say Qualifying on Sakhir with your difficulty set to Expert if you did it correctly. Now save manually at My F1. You can repeat this trick on every Practice, Qualifying and Race but be extra careful and save after every session. Don't take any risks as there is no way of finding out if you made a mistake until the very end of the season when the trophy doesn't unlock. Now just finish the season in first (easier said than done) to get the hardest trophy.

World Champion - Expert in F1 2010
Gold Trophy
You won the Formula 1 Drivers' Championship on Expert difficulty
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The last trophy involves simply finishing what seasons remain which is usually one or two. It takes a long time but hopefully a juicy ratio at the end of it will be all the motivation you need.

Commitment is the key in F1 2010
Bronze Trophy
You have completed 7 full seasons
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Congratulations! You've finished the single player game and have 44 of 50 trophies. Now all that remains to do is the multiplayer.

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