F1 2016: In preparation of this weekend’s race in Monaco

Prior to this year, I’ve only watched two entire Formula 1 races. Of course, one of those races took place in Monaco as it’s one of the most interesting and iconic tracks. This year I’ve taken my interest in the sport to an entirely new level as not only have I seen the entirety of every single race this season, but I’ve also seen all but one qualifying round as well (Australia).

For the past five years, I’ve been a fan of the F1 games as well. I did happen to miss playing F1 2015, but I played 2012-2014, and now this past year’s 2016. I even played F1 All-Stars, which yes, I say is awesome! What’s changed this year is that I’m not only taking the real season seriously, but I’m finally taking the game seriously too. I’m playing with simulation damage (during my season, not during time trials), increased difficulty so I’m not always in first place by a large margin, and I’m actually now playing with a wheel – the Logitech G920 Force Feedback.

I’ve become obsessed with racing and Formula 1, and it especially shows now leading up to the Monaco race this weekend. For my first blog in almost a year, I wanted to share some thoughts on all of this. On Monday, I decided to play about 30 minutes of time trial racing at Monaco on F1 2016. 30 minutes turned into an hour as I wanted to improve on my one minute 20 second best lap time. I eventually got it down to one minute and 18 seconds, but still had plenty of room for improvement. So, before writing this blog on Tuesday, I decided to take one more crack at it. Well, over 50 laps later and nearly 2 hours of time, I finally dropped my best lap to one minute and 16 seconds.

Sure, that’s good that I increased on my best performance, but did you catch the part where I spent three hours in the past two days doing laps at Monaco to improve my best time? Like I said, I’ve become obsessed!

F1 2016 time Monaco

I’ll probably take one or two more stabs at my best time to see if I can improve on it. I know I still have some weak areas and I lack consistency with the wheel as I still work at getting used to it. I might need to look up some preferred settings to make sure all sensitivity settings are correct. I decided to stream my entire run the other night, which can be seen below:

I can’t wait for this weekend as the Formula 1 season continues at Monaco. I’ll be up watching qualifying on Saturday morning and sitting on the edge of my seat as I watch the race on Sunday morning.

I’m currently playing on the Acer Predator 15 laptop that’s equipped with the GTX 1060 6GB. I’ve had it set up right behind the Logitech G920 Force Feedback racing wheel which has been an ideal combination. Sure, eventually I’ll have to try it on a bigger monitor, but the setup has worked great for the time being.

Gear Used for This Gaming Session

  • Acer Predator 15
    • i7-6700HQ
    • GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Logitech G920 Force Feedback Racing Wheel
  • Game: F1 2016

Wheel and Laptop

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