F1 2020: Driver Career guide – How to Pick a Team

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As you play through the career mode within F1 2020, you’re going to be faced with a lot of choices. In F1 2020‘s Driver Career or MyCareer mode, one of the first choices you can make is which team to join. And as you work through each season, how well you perform will have a major impact on your future as well. F1 2020‘s Driver Career will have the player making this and many other choices, so let’s run through what each team means for you as a player.

First off, something to be aware of. The career mode is very different compared to MyTeam mode where you’re both the driver and owner of a team. And as you make different choices, you will have an impact on your ability to win races too. In the MyTeam mode there’s much more control for the development of cars, but with F1 2020‘s Driver Career you need to focus on how to pick a good team.

Each description you see below will basically denote the overall style of how you should play the team. So a team that focuses on the midfield will be more consistent in lower points and wants a driver to be more conservative. A team that wants podiums could like a more aggressive driver.

F1 2020: How to pick a team

The first major point to be aware of is the quality of different teams and their requirements. Each team has its own requirements and it somewhat reflects the real-world attitude of the teams themselves. Here’s the breakdown of each team and what they’re looking for when picking a driver. Each team will be focused for a specific kind of driver, and the best teams will be the most competitive for a spot as a driver.

Starter Teams

  • Williams Racing: Be consistent
  • Haas F1 Team: Lots of points

Williams and Haas aren’t terrible,  but they often struggle to compete with the top-tier teams. When you first start a career, you’re going to be running through F2. When you finish your F2 stint, your performance there will be determinant in what choices you have when you move up to the big leagues. Haas and Williams both have similar levels of development, so this is more about being consistent and developing your skill. Don’t expect to win often, just be a solid driver and score points.

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Middle of the pack

  • Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN: Score regular points
  • BWT Racing Point F1 Team: Push for podiums
  • Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda: Control the midfield
  • Renault DP World F1 Team: Develop and compete

Here’s where the work you put in at the beginning starts to pay off. The choice for how you wish to proceed really does matter here more than you would think. F1 2020‘s Driver Career will put more focus on driver skill than the MyTeam mode. You always need to focus on consistent performance against the grid and your rivals. As for what team to pick it’s up to you. Renault is a good choice for beginner players, as they have a solid baseline to test your skill and learn how to drive effectively. Alfa Romeo is arguably the best-of-the-best of these in terms of technical performance.

Beginning to Win

  • McLaren F1 Team: Fight and win

McLaren is one of the better teams in F1 according to many. They manage to consistently compete and place in races and get tons of fanfare for when they do when. They aren’t always dominant, but a decent driver can get ahead pretty far with this team. You will do well to pick this team when you start to pick up podium finishes. McLaren has a much better technical base than the previous teams, and can really propel a solid driver to stardom.

Cream of the Crop

  • Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team: Lead the field
  • Aston Martin Red Bull Racing: Compete at the front
  • Scuderia Ferrari: Fight for the championship

F1 2020‘s “big three” teams are Mercedes, Aston Martin Red Bull, and Ferrari, and for good reason. When you think of F1, you’re probably thinking of drivers and cars from these three teams more often than not. You can pick any of these teams when you want to get to the top of your game. The requirements for getting into the driver seat will be tough, but well worth it if you want to win.

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