F1 2018 Walkthrough

3. Short Form Modes

TIME TRIAL

Your expedition into Time Trial mode need only be very brief in 2018's iteration of the game - a single clean lap will suffice provided the appropriate selections and configurations are made. There are some extra quick and easy trophies that aren't dependent on being part of a race weekend - that is, in a practice, qualifying, or race session, so you can unlock those too. Let's start this game...

From the main menu select Time Trial, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Track Select > Germany (NOTE: Ensure you retain the default Dry weather conditions)

Advance from Track Select to start loading the Time Trial session. For future reference, on any loading screen, you can press the cn_start button to bring up the settings menu, and this gives you the opportunity to review and change the Session Setup, Preferences and Weather & Time of Day options. The defaults are largely fine to leave as is. My one critical recommendation would be to select Preferences, then select Assists, and adjust Braking Assist to Off. Any form of braking assistance will slow you down significantly more than necessary and will probably make driving feel strange. Having the Dynamic Racing Line option enabled is a very good guide to follow for when to start braking and with how much force. Also, under Weather & Time of Day you may wish to set the Session Start Time to Midday - this will reduce the amount of sun glare reflecting off the road surface which can be extreme at times. After exiting the Settings menu, you will load immediately into the session.

You will find yourself sitting in your car in the team garage on pit lane. Select Session Info, and you will be presented with the global leaderboard of lap times for this track. Highlight any leaderboard entry that has Yes in the Custom Setup column, then press cn_X to select the entry, and from the pop-up menu that appears, select Load Setup, then confirm overwriting of your current setup with the rival's setup by selecting Okay. Then select Back to return to your car.

With those preparations complete, it is time to start your Time Trial lap, so select Go To Track, then Flying Lap and you will be immediately out on track a short distance and a few turns out from the start/finish line. The game is controlling the car for you to begin with, as a series of five red lights will turn off one by one. When they disappear, you are now in control of the car and the start/finish line is not far away. Slow yourself right down so you are not at risk of leaving the track, then press the touchpad. This takes you into the Instant Replay Mode of the previous few seconds of driving. Now press cn_start which will take you into Photo Mode and immediately unlock your first (and candidate Bean Dive) trophy...

Smile! in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Smile!17 (15)
Enter Photo Mode
  • Unlocked by 1,859 tracked gamers (80% - TT Ratio = 1.11) 2,326

From within Photo Mode, press cn_O and select Okay to confirm exiting back to Instant Replay Mode. Press cn_O again to be returned to the Pause menu, then press cn_O one final time and you will be returned to your car to continue driving. Navigate any final corners before the start/finish straight and once you are on the straight with a nice line that is not pointing off track or at any barriers, press the following sequence of controls:

cn_O cn_right

You have just tweaked your car setup via the Multi Function Display, and this will unlock...

It's the little things in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Use the Multi Function Display to adjust your set-up while on track
  • Unlocked by 1,739 tracked gamers (75% - TT Ratio = 1.15) 2,326

Now continue across the start/finish line into your new time trial lap and make your way around the track. Keep an eye on the mini track map at the bottom left of screen and use the dynamic racing line (if you have it enabled) to help anticipate the next corner if unfamiliar with any of the tracks. This helps ensure you avoid hitting any barriers or leaving the track or cutting corners (that would give you an unfair time advantage), thus retaining a clean lap. The game will alert you with a black and white flag on screen if the lap is invalid. Any use of the flashback feature will invalidate your current lap, so if you need to skip out of such an invalid lap early, bring up the Pause Menu by pressing cn_start and choose Restart Lap.

Once you have completed this lap and stayed clean the whole way around, as you cross the start/finish line you will unlock a trio of trophies...

It's about time in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Set a clean lap in any Time Trial
  • Unlocked by 1,391 tracked gamers (60% - TT Ratio = 1.29) 2,326

Patent pending in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Set a valid Time Trial lap with a set up taken from a rival ghost
  • Unlocked by 874 tracked gamers (38% - TT Ratio = 1.63) 2,326

Back on track in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Complete a lap at Hockenheim
  • Unlocked by 1,647 tracked gamers (71% - TT Ratio = 1.18) 2,326

With a clean lap time secured, now is a suitable time to use the flashback feature. To use flashback while driving (or swerving/spinning/crashing), press the touchpad, which will begin Instant Replay Mode. Press cn_S to use the flashback and your lap will recommence from the point you indicated, and consequently unlock...

It's still good, it's still good in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Use a Flashback
  • Unlocked by 2,013 tracked gamers (87% - TT Ratio = 1.07) 2,326

That is everything done for Time Trial mode, so bring up the Pause menu and select End Session, then select Okay to confirm. From the Time Trial Results screen (where you can see your time posted), select Advance and you will be returned to the main menu.

GRAND PRIX

In Grand Prix mode you can take advantage of the full range of settings and options the game offers to unlock many trophies in quick time. There are a couple of exceptions though - one will most likely take some luck and guesswork, and another will need you to exploit some deliberate gear-grinding, which is not a very intuitive technique.

To start off, you'll do a weekend structure of full qualifying (but deliberately skipping it) followed by a 3-lap race with a podium (top 3) finish to unlock four trophies by the end of it. From the main menu select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > McLaren F1 Team
  • Driver Select > Fernando Alonso
  • Track Select > Singapore - Marina Bay Street Circuit

After advancing from the Track Select screen, you will be able to configure all the remaining settings via four tabs:

  • Weekend Structure
  • Gameplay Settings
  • Assists
  • Weather & Time of Day

Settings for Grand Prix Mode: Although these will generally remain static, there will be the need to change some of them to ensure the requirements for certain trophies to unlock are met. Any settings configured here are saved and will persist for any future races in Grand Prix mode until you make further adjustments. Thus, for each distinct race session you commence within the Grand Prix mode, make sure you review these carefully to ensure they meet the requirements necessary for certain trophies to unlock, and make sure to revert any default settings back from their temporary variations too.

The default settings to use to make things quickest/easiest are outlined below. Please refer back to these when setting up each Grand Prix session.

Configure defaults for the Weekend Structure tab as follows:

  • Weekend Tyre Allocation > Balanced (NOTE: This is set within sub-menu screen)
  • Practice Type > None
  • Practice Length > None
  • Qualifying > None
  • Formation Lap > Off
  • Race Distance > 3 Laps
  • AI Driver Level > 0 (Very Easy)

Configure defaults for the Gameplay Settings tab as follows:

  • Flashbacks > On
  • Parc Ferme Rules > Off
  • Vehicle Damage > Off
  • Safety Car > Off
  • Rules and Flags > Off
  • Corner Cutting Stringency > Regular
  • Race Starts > Assisted
  • Tyre Temperature > Surface Only

Configure defaults for the Assists tab as follows:

  • Driving Proficiency > Custom
  • Braking Assist > Off
  • Anti-Lock Brakes > On
  • Traction Control > Full
  • Dynamic Racing Line > Full
  • Dynamic Racing Line Type > 3D
  • Gearbox > Automatic
  • Pit Assist > On
  • Pit Release Assist > On
  • ERS Mode > Automatic

Configure the Weather & Time of Day tab as follows (NOTE: These settings are not saved by the game, they will revert to Dynamic and Random respectively each time you start a new Grand Prix and so you will need to reconfigure them each time accordingly):

  • Quick Weather > Clear
  • Session Start Time > Midday

Now before advancing from the settings tabs, a variation is needed for your first race session. Apply the following variation:

  • Weekend Structure > Qualifying > Full Qualifying

Then select Advance to load your Grand Prix session. You will see an introductory cutscene with voiceover welcoming you to Singapore - you can skip out of this by pressing [cn_A] if you wish to. Next you will find yourself in your car in the garage on pit lane (just as you did in Time Trial mode) at the start of Qualifying 1 (aka "Q1") session. A requirement of one of the trophies is that you are eliminated in Q1, meaning you will start in the race from any of positions P16-P20. Unfortunately, you cannot retire early from the session, you instead need to see out the full 18 minutes. Fortunately though, you can fast-forward time to end the session without completing a lap. To do this, select Session Info, and then press cn_S three times, this will accelerate time firstly to 5x, then 10x, and finally 30x speed. As the time remaining hits zero, the game will advance you automatically to the Q1 Results screen. Scroll right down the driver list and you will most likely find you, aka Fernando Alonso, in P20. Select Advance in order to progress to the race session itself.

Once loaded, you are in your car on the starting grid, so you can select Start Race to begin. The five red lights will light up one by one, then once they all go out again, racing is underway. The Singapore track is a tricky one, with some especially sharp corners you will need to slow right down for. You should be able to gradually overtake without too much trouble against the slower AI drivers, and remember you can always undo any mistakes via use of flashbacks. Aim to make up an average of at least six places per lap over three laps, which will be enough for a podium finish at race end.

After the intensity of the race start when things are a bit less hectic and you are on one of the straights, press the following sequence of controls:

cn_L1cn_Ocn_Ocn_upcn_right ("Shut up Jeff")

This tells Jeff, your highly conversational race engineer to engage radio silence, and will immediately unlock...

Seriously, JEFF! in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Politely ask your Race Engineer to stop talking to you out on track
  • Unlocked by 1,227 tracked gamers (53% - TT Ratio = 1.37) 2,326

Continue racing, making sure to reach and maintain third place or better by the time you cross the finish line. At this point two trophies will unlock...

Stepping up in F1 2018
Silver Trophy
Achieve a podium finish in any game mode
  • Unlocked by 1,950 tracked gamers (84% - TT Ratio = 1.09) 2,326

Right place, right time in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Finish on the podium at Singapore in Fernando Alonso's McLaren
  • Unlocked by 730 tracked gamers (31% - TT Ratio = 1.78) 2,326

You can watch or skip over a few cutscenes of celebrations and the trophy ceremony, after which you will see the Results screen. Select Advance from here to return to the main menu, doing so will unlock...

On your left in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Finish on the podium after being eliminated in Q1
  • Unlocked by 671 tracked gamers (29% - TT Ratio = 1.86) 2,326

Moving on to the next race to unlock one more trophy, from the main menu select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Renault Sport Formula One Team
  • Driver Select > Nico Hulkenberg
  • Track Select > France - Circuit Paul Ricard

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply all recommended defaults within the settings tabs (no variations required), then select Advance.

After another set of cutscenes, and having skipped practice and qualifying this time, you will be back on the starting grid straight away. With Renault being a mid-tier team, you will likely be starting somewhere in the middle of the pack - select Start Race to begin. In F1, points are awarded for the top 10 placings, and scoring a single point for a 10th place finish is your minimum goal for this race. Approach this just like you did Singapore and you will have no trouble at all. As you cross the finish line, you will immediately unlock...

Homecoming in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Homecoming25 (15)
Finish in the points at Le Castellet in a Renault
  • Unlocked by 828 tracked gamers (36% - TT Ratio = 1.67) 2,326

Back to the main menu, again seeking one trophy, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Scuderia Ferrari
  • Driver Select > Kimi Raikkonen
  • Track Select > Spain - Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply all recommended defaults within the settings tabs (no variations required), then select Advance.

Once again it is straight to the starting grid for the race, and being in a Ferrari you are probably sitting in the first few rows, helpful because in this race you must win! Select Start Race and push ahead into first and lead everybody home to victory. Crossing the finish line, you will immediately unlock...

For Thomas in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
For Thomas26 (15)
Win the Spanish Grand Prix with Kimi Räikkönen
  • Unlocked by 760 tracked gamers (33% - TT Ratio = 1.75) 2,326

This time it is a race for one trophy, and by racing on a "short" version of a track, will also make some cumulative progress towards an trophy unlocked later on. On the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Classic F1 Cars
  • Car Select > 1972 Team Lotus 72D
  • Track Select > USA Short - Circuit of the Americas

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply all recommended defaults within the settings tabs (no variations required), then select Advance.

From the starting grid, select Start Race to go racing. Being in a classic car, driving will feel a bit different, so take a bit of extra care, but your only requirement here is to finish, position does not matter, it can be a leisurely cruise if need be. Cross the line at the end of Lap 3 and you will unlock...

Superficially familiar in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Complete a race in a classic Lotus at the Circuit of the Americas
  • Unlocked by 737 tracked gamers (32% - TT Ratio = 1.78) 2,326

The next grand prix relates to ERS Mode, a new gameplay mechanic to the series of F1 games, where cars can deploy and harvest energy for a performance boost. In this case, you need to have an empty battery at the end of the race to unlock the intended trophy. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Driver Select > Lewis Hamilton
  • Track Select > Azerbaijan - Baku City Circuit

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply recommended defaults and the following variation within the settings tabs, then select Advance:

  • Assists > ERS Mode > Manual

Driving as Lewis Hamilton, the current world champion, you should start quite near the front of the grid, if not on pole position. If you do need to do any overtaking, aim to do so as soon as possible so the remainder of the race can be driven flat out to deplete the battery. Select Start Race, then as soon as you are able to, press [cn_B] once to bring up the Multi Function Display. The bottom option visible will be ERS Deploy and it should be set to [5] Hotlap as per the screenshot below.

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If this is not the case, use the d-pad to select and correct the setting accordingly. Also note the position of the battery charge indicator - it is directly below the RPM indicator - and will show 100% at the start of the race. When the lights go out, power to the front and drive as hard as you can. With the ERS Mode being manually controlled, it will not automatically change from this initial setting, so the battery power will deplete at the greatest rate possible, which is what is desired for this race. While coasting or under heavy braking the battery will regain some charge, but this is normal and not a need for concern. The overall charge remaining will drop at the end of each lap, and the remaining charge should be roughly as follows:

  • End of Lap 1 > ~60%
  • End of Lap 2 > ~15%
  • End of Lap 3 > 0%

On the final lap your charge will likely be bouncing between 15% and 5% most of the way around. You will burn through the best part of 15% charge on the long final straight leading up to the finish line, so as long as you are below this level entering the final straight on the final lap, you will hit 0% before race end, but you will most likely do so with a few hundred metres to spare. Again, at the finish line, a trophy will unlock...

Use it or lose it in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Finish a race with a fully depleted battery
  • Unlocked by 648 tracked gamers (28% - TT Ratio = 1.89) 2,326

Another race for one trophy to give your pit crew a real workout, and a "short" track variation again for some cumulative progress. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Driver Select > Lewis Hamilton
  • Track Select > Britain Short - Silverstone Circuit

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply recommended defaults and the following variation within the settings tabs, then select Advance:

  • Weekend Structure > Race Distance > 5 Laps

Before you go racing, it is important to plan your intended tyre changes from lap to lap to satisfy the trophy requirements by race end. So once on the starting grid, hopefully towards the front, press cn_start to bring up the Pause Menu, and from there select Race Director, after which you will be viewing the Drivers tab. Find your driver, and make a note of the value in the Tyre column - it will most likely be "S" (Soft). This is the tyre compound you are starting the race on, and over the subsequent four laps after the first lap, three other unique compounds must also be used. The available compounds vary depending on the track, but here at Silverstone the range of tyre compounds available for selection are as follows:

  • Soft (S)
  • Medium (M)
  • Hard (H)
  • Intermediate (I)
  • Full Wet (W)

For simplicity of tracking progress, just aim to complete one lap on the first four compounds in the order listed above (or vary accordingly if starting on a tyre other than Soft). With the time lost due to performing three pit stops while the AI drivers have no pit stops, you will almost definitely be lapped by the field, and will only be able to complete four laps total, so the Full Wet tyres won't even be used.

On each lap of this race, you must do two things - nominate the tyre compound that will be put on your car during the next pit stop, and actually request a pit stop at the end of the current lap.

Nominating the tyre compound is done via the Multi Function Display, and you can keep it open all race for ease of reference. At the earliest convenient moment, even while waiting for the lights to go out (otherwise reasonably early during Lap 1), press [cn_B] twice. This will expand the Multi Function Display and toggle to the second tab, within which you will see the Next Tyres option. If the option is not already highlighted, use up/down on the d-pad to highlight it, and then press cn_right once to change the option value. The tyre compounds are listed here in the same sequence as listed above, so after this initial setup is done, on each subsequent lap just press cn_right once again and all will go to plan.

Requesting the pit stop is done via communication with your race engineer, which is accomplished by this control sequence - cn_L1cn_right. Once you have fitted the Intermediate tyres - the fourth unique compound, there is no need to request any further pit stops, and will mean you can finish the race out on track rather than through pit lane.

With all that in mind, you are now ready to go, so back on the starting grid, select Start Race to begin. Don't be too concerned about overtaking other drivers, rather ensure to keep steady progress and avoid any mistakes (or correct them via flashback) so you do not drop too far behind over the course of the race. Having requested a pit stop, as you approach the pit lane entry point, you will see an alternative light blue racing line directing you into the pits, make sure you follow it each time. Then on pit exit, because the game is controlling you through the pits, you are returned to control when rejoining the main track, but will be angled such that you would head off onto the grass without correcting promptly via some braking and gently steering left, so be ready for this moment when it arrives. Once your three pit stops are complete and you then finish the race, you will immediately unlock...

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Complete a race using four different tyre compounds
  • Unlocked by 658 tracked gamers (28% - TT Ratio = 1.88) 2,326

This time you will exploit some corner-cutting to beat highly skilled AI drivers in a longer race. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Driver Select > Lewis Hamilton
  • Track Select > Italy - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply recommended defaults and the following variations within the settings tabs, then select Advance:

  • Weekend Structure > Race Distance > 25%
  • Weekend Structure > AI Driver Level > 101 (Ultimate)

Now when you are on the starting grid, but before going racing, select Race Strategy and ensure that High Tyre Management is the selected race strategy - this will ensure you only need to complete one pit-stop during the race.

As a longer race than you have done before, 25% distance means you need to complete thirteen laps of the Monza track, as well as taking the victory. Against "ultimate" AI, this would normally be difficult for many gamers, but with rules and flags off for this race, you can cut corners as much as you like, but the AI drivers will need to slow right down to take those same corners normally, hence you have a significant advantage. There are three points on the Monza track where this can be effectively exploited, as indicated on the track map below.

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Select Start Race to commence this mini-marathon. Due to the highly skilled AI drivers, you will most likely lose a few places at the start. This is okay, your immediate aim is to carefully move over to the far left of the straight as soon as reasonable possible. As you approach the first chicane, there will be drivers slowing right down ahead of you. You want to slow down enough to avoid running into the back of any of them, while also gently moving further left onto the grass, but still keeping clear of the barriers. At the chicane, do not follow the track, but continue straight ahead. You will burst through some harmless foam blocks to then rejoin the track as a long right turn is just beginning. You may well already be in the lead now, but at least will have made up many places and be well on your way to a win. The seconds saved by cutting this first chicane on each lap will be ample to take and maintain the lead. The two other corner cuts are a bit more difficult to handle so you may elect to stay within the track boundaries instead.

The described approach to the race start and subsequent corner cuts can be viewed in the video below.

Listen out for the radio message indicating when you pit-stop is due and make the stop when required, most likely at the end of Lap 6. As you finish Lap 13 and cross the finish line for the win, you will unlock...

The 1.6% club in F1 2018
Silver Trophy
Win a 25% + distance race against 'Ultimate' AI opponents
  • Unlocked by 586 tracked gamers (25% - TT Ratio = 1.99) 2,326

You will now be going for the most luck-based trophy in the entire game. Even if you elect to abandon it to try again later, there are two other trophies to easily unlock at the end of the same race. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Classic F1 Cars
  • Car Select > 1972 Team Lotus 72D
  • Track Select > Japan Short - Suzuka International Racing Course

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply recommended defaults and the following variations within the settings tabs, then select Advance:

  • Weekend Structure > Classic Race Type > Single Class
  • Gameplay Settings > Rules and Flags > On
  • Gameplay Settings > Race Starts > Manual
  • Assists > Driving Proficiency > Elite (NOTE: Making this selection will adjust all other Assists settings accordingly)

Your aim here at the start of this race is to make a lightning fast getaway by reacting to the lights going out within 0.16 seconds, which is much easier said than done obviously given that you need to do this manually. The process of a manual race start involves engaging and holding the clutch, reaching and maintaining optimal RPM, and finally releasing the clutch to get the car moving. By racing in the 1972 Team Lotus 72D, the optimal RPM is at full throttle rather than a narrow window part-way along the scale, so you don't need to delicately balance your cn_R2 finger like you would need to in other eras and/or models of cars. Having rules and flags on is also helpful because if you jump the start early you will be given notice of the penalty as punishment on screen.

Given the likelihood of needing to start this race many times over, this is the full set of steps to follow for each cycle of the process:

  • From the starting grid, select Start Race to begin - press cn_X
  • Engage and hold clutch - press and hold cn_X
  • Reach and maintain optimal RPM - press and hold cn_R2
  • At lights out, release the clutch - release cn_X
  • If it felt like a fast and legal start, wait a few seconds for the trophy to unlock
  • Otherwise, restart session - press cn_start, select Restart Session, select Okay

Follow this through a few times to get a feel for the process and a sense of how quick your own reactions are, and also compare your reaction times to the below video of a race start that unlocks the trophy:

If you feel that you are reacting far too slowly, then your better option is to alter your approach from reacting to anticipating instead. This means that you won't wait for the lights to go out before releasing the clutch, but you will instead try to guess when they go out and rely on getting a lucky guess in due course to unlock the trophy. Hence being "luck-based" because the wait times between all lights on and all lights out is randomised for each race start. You should be able to get through a repetition of the cycle in approximately 20 seconds, and persistence will eventually be enough to overcome any (lack of) luck on this one, and you can always come back for another try at a later time. With that final perfect piece of reaction or anticipation you will unlock...

Quick as a flash in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Achieve a reaction time of less than 0.16 Seconds off the grid with race starts set to manual
  • Unlocked by 726 tracked gamers (31% - TT Ratio = 1.79) 2,326

Now continue on in this same race, you do not need to win, just finish. With a manual gearbox and no assists, you may find yourself struggling to keep control, so keep the below pointers in mind:

  • Use cn_X to change up gears as you increase speed
  • Use cn_S to change down gears as you reduce speed
  • Staying in the middle gears (2-4) should let you negotiate most corners without trouble
  • Accelerate smoothly and not while turning, otherwise the lack of assists will likely cause you to spin
  • Brake smoothly and early before turning, again to prevent loss of control
  • Use flashbacks to undo any mistakes where possible
  • If you miss a flashback and need to reverse yourself out of trouble:
    • Change down to 1st gear, then down one more gear to neutral (N), and finally down another gear to engage Reverse gear (R)
    • Apply throttle gently and you will move backwards
    • Ensure you are clear of all obstacles with enough room to turn around, apply the brakes to stop completely
    • Change up two gears to get back into 1st gear, and apply throttle gently to get moving again

Crossing the finish line at the end of your race, you will unlock this pair...

Welcome to the real world in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Complete any race with all assists disabled
  • Unlocked by 721 tracked gamers (31% - TT Ratio = 1.79) 2,326

Stick or shift in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
With manual gears enabled race a car with a non sequential gearbox
  • Unlocked by 751 tracked gamers (32% - TT Ratio = 1.76) 2,326

For this next race, you will retain the manual gear box and grind out some gear grinding for one trophy. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Driver Select > Lewis Hamilton
  • Track Select > Italy - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply recommended defaults and the following variations within the settings tabs, then select Advance:

  • Weekend Structure > Race Distance > 5 Laps
  • Gameplay Settings > Vehicle Damage > Full
  • Assists > Gearbox > Manual

Setting Vehicle Damage to Full allows the wear and tear of a race on the engine and gearbox to actually take effect, and via this means you will be able to damage the gearbox enough that one of the gears is completely destroyed as you near the end of the race. Setting Race Distance to 5 Laps seems to be necessary to allow losing a gear (my attempts in 3 Lap races couldn't make it happen at all). By racing at Monza, you can repeat the corner cutting covered earlier to easily maintain the lead even though grinding the gears makes your laps significantly slower than if you were driving normally with an automatic gearbox. This in turn means you have the longest time window possible at race end to grind further gearbox damage if necessary, before the game forces an end to the race session should you take too long to finish the final lap.

When you reach the starting grid, driving as Hamilton, you should be safely in the top half of the grid. Also take note of which side of the grid you are on - if on the right-hand side you will need to make sure you move over to the left as soon as reasonably possible so you are well prepared and in a position to move onto the grass and cut the first chicane near the end of the straight. With the potential for actual collision damage here, keep in mind that you can use a flashback, or even restart the race session to fix any incident while doing this.

Select Start Race, and while waiting for the lights, tap cn_O five times to display the component damage/wear panel in the Multi Function Display. The Gearbox component is listed last, and is what you will need to control and monitor the wear of closely as the race progresses.

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At lights out, pull away carefully, shift up through the gears as your speed increases and also move over to the left side of the straight if need be. As the other drivers slow right down to approach the chicane, move onto the grass and cut the chicane to take the lead. That should be the last you see of other drivers until race end. Now you need to get to work on wearing out your gearbox. The game seems to register a destroyed gear at about 70-75% of overall gearbox wear, which equates to ~15% wear per lap over 5 laps. So this should be your rough target for overall gearbox wear over the course of the first four laps:

  • End of Lap 1 > ~15%
  • End of Lap 2 > ~30%
  • End of Lap 3 > ~45%
  • End of Lap 4 > ~60%

Then your approach on Lap 5 will be slightly different.

Thankfully gearbox wear is easily achieved without frantically cycling through the gears and wearing out your thumbs, and you can still keep a decent pace throughout to gradually build a lead over the AI drivers. My suggestion is to stay within gears 4-7 for the duration of the race and keep your gear grinding for the straight sections of track. When on a straight you want to steadily cycle up and down across a range of three gears, all the while at full throttle. Upshifting should be performed more slowly than the downshifting to increase your speed. It is the rapid downshifting of two gears you do while at speed that causes the greatest wear, and this is indicated visually by a red glow on the current gear indicator.

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Two such cycles, for example, this sequence of gear changes:

4th > 5th > 6th > 5th > 4th > 5th > 6th > 5th > 4th

Which as a sequence of control inputs look like this:

cn_X cn_X cn_S cn_S cn_X cn_X cn_S cn_S

Will contribute approximately 1% of overall gearbox wear. Although not a strict requirement, consider cycling gears 4-6 on the shorter straights and cycling gears 5-7 on longer straights. Doing this consistently throughout each lap will allow you to easily satisfy the ~15% wear, so if you are getting ahead of the targeted wear on a lap, reduce or stop the gear cycling accordingly.

Having completed 4 laps, and sitting at ~60% overall gearbox wear, now reduce the wear rate slightly for Lap 5, aiming to increase it to ~70% by the time you are approaching the start/finish straight. At this point, while still on the final sweeping corner, slow right down and pull just off the track to the left, and then stop completely. For the final few percent towards destroying a gear, cycle up and down the full range of gears 1-8 rapidly, you can even go through neutral into reverse as part of the cycle, that is not an issue. It can also help to slowly creep forward in small bursts. Somewhere between 70% and 75% wear, you should hear from your race engineer over the radio, stating the below (or something similar):

"A mechanical issue means you've lost one of the gears, say again, you have lost access to one of the gears."

That's the signal to get over the line and finish the race with a missing gear. For additional clarity on this entire process, please view the below video:

Once you manage this, you will unlock...

It's in there somewhere in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Finish a race with a missing gear
  • Unlocked by 491 tracked gamers (21% - TT Ratio = 2.17) 2,326

All that's left now is to complete a race on the one remaining "short" track variation. From the main menu, select Grand Prix, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Era Select > Modern F1 Cars
  • Team Select > Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • Driver Select > Lewis Hamilton
  • Track Select > Bahrain Short - Bahrain International Circuit

After advancing from the Track Select screen, apply all recommended defaults within the settings tabs (no variations required), then select Advance.

Select Start Race and just get yourself to the end - it will be second nature to you by now. Crossing the line after your 3 laps are done will unlock your last trophy in this mode...

Making inroads in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Complete a race at every short track
  • Unlocked by 699 tracked gamers (30% - TT Ratio = 1.82) 2,326

CHAMPIONSHIP

In the final short form mode - Championship - you will only need to complete and win a short race-only series for a single trophy. Although there are two candidate championship selections to do this quickly (Sprint Championship and Sprint Spec Racing Series), the latter selection evens the playing field amongst the AI drivers and you will be more likely to build a points lead that faster allows you to skip multiple races and still get the overall victory. From the main menu, select Championships, then step through the subsequent series of selection screens as follows:

  • Select Event Type > Championships
  • Championship Selection > Sprint Spec Racing Series
  • Car Select > 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6

After advancing from the Car Select screen, apply the following variations within the settings tabs (NOTE: These do differ somewhat from Grand Prix mode, and Weather & Time of Day settings are locked), then select Advance:

  • Weekend Structure > AI Driver Level > 0 (Very Easy)
  • Gameplay Settings > Flashbacks > On
  • Gameplay Settings > Vehicle Damage > Off
  • Gameplay Settings > Corner Cutting Stringency > Regular
  • Gameplay Settings > Race Starts > Assisted
  • Gameplay Settings > Tyre Temperature > Surface Only
  • Assists > Set as per Grand Prix mode defaults and/or according to your preferences

Once you reach the starting grid, you will be in a random position for the first of your six races. For all remaining races, the grid is in reverse championship order, hence you will be starting from the back assuming you win your first (and make sure you do). Select Start Race, and get to the front and hold position over the course of the five laps. After the win, on the Results screen, you will see you have 25 points and 2nd place has 18 points.

Select Standings, and you will see the overall points for the championship, and here you can track your points lead over 2nd place (via the "Gap" column) as you progress beyond each race. So make sure you review this screen after every race. When you see that you have a lead of 26 points or more, you can safely skip the next race, knowing you will still be leading overall. Even with a lead of only 19 points, you can skip the next race and risk falling up to 6 points behind an AI driver, as long as there is still at least another race to follow, where a victory will claw back a minimum of 7 points and put you back in front overall. Depending on how the AI drivers perform, you may even be able to skip as early as the third race. To skip a race, start the race as normal, then bring up the Pause menu, select Retire From Session, then select Okay to confirm.

With this strategy in mind, progress through the remaining five races of the championship, either winning or skipping as your points lead allows. In my case, I was able to skip races 3, 4, and 6, with a total of only 75 points from wins in the other three races still being enough to win overall by 8 points. With a bit of luck, hopefully you can do the same.

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After advancing from the Results screen following the sixth and final race, the Championship Event Complete screen will be displayed, and you will have earned your gold medal and your trophy...

The winner takes it all in F1 2018
Bronze Trophy
Obtain a gold medal in a championship
  • Unlocked by 554 tracked gamers (24% - TT Ratio = 2.05) 2,326

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