F1 2011: Your Questions Asked (More Than 50 of Them!)

Knowing how large and vocal our F1 community is on PS3, along with how meticulous F1 fans are in general, we recently put out a shout out on Twitter via @formula1game and @playstationeu to ask for the most detailed F1 2011 related questions you could throw at us. The response we had to the call for questions was enormous, and our thanks go out to everyone who took the time to submit a question, the majority of which we’ve had answered below by Steve Hood, Chief Game Designer of F1 2011.

the_ghost__NL: what can we do in the co-op mode?

Co-op Mode enables you to play through a single season alongside a friend. Imagine the single-player experience (minus the paddock) with your friend as team-mate. It brings an entirely new dimension to Practice, Qualifying and Race sessions… can you win the Constructor’s together?

Tom_Sheldon: Is the co-op championship available online or just split-screen only?

Co-op is only available Online. Elements of it are too complex system for Split-Screen

mylandro_: Will the ability to save more than four or five car setups at a time be added – perhaps one dry/wet per track?

The save system is the same as 2010 but the Quick Car Setup allows Dry-Adaptable-Wet bias.

jamespurdy: Will F1 2011 include safety cars?

I’m never asked this question! What I can tell you is that it will never include a number of Safety Cars.

Scorpion760: Will engineers and pit crew change depending on which team you are driving for this time?

Yes, the team personnel now change when you switch teams.

mylandro_: How has KERS been implemented and how does it impact gameplay – specifically in local/online multiplayer games?

KERS does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s true to real life. So what you see the drivers doing on TV you can do in-game. I tend to save KERS when being chased in a race so that I can try and counter the chasing driver’s use of DRS.

mylandro_: Are there any other new modes added to this year’s game, such as a Spectator Mode to sim races or saved replays?

Yes, we’ve new modes like Co-op Championship which enables you and a friend to play out a season as team-mates versus the AI. We’ve also new modes in Time Attack, Split-Screen, Spectator Mode… plenty of new things to enjoy!

Scorpion760: Can you please put in all the full rules for longer races, like safety cars? Or at least have the option to turn them on or off?

Safety Car? Never heard of it.

AndyDYoung: Will F1 2011 feature the podium?

We considered the podium but that’s been done to death in Formula One games so, for this year, we’ve included Parc Ferme which is more immediate and personal.

JonHamley: Are we able to design our own helmets or are they preset?

You can’t design your own helmets this year (might add this when it would be seen more often) but we have dropped the nationality helmet designers in favour of original creations.

BlaZeeexD: Can you find out just how the Career mode has been changed/reworked: interviews, contracts etc?

I can find out for you! Quite a lot of the fundamental systems have been reworked to eradicate some of the things people didn’t like last year. It works far better now and is much more enjoyable.

justingt5: Is there going to be more comprehensive timing info than in F1 2010?

Yes, timing is key in Formula One and the 2011 game reflects this. Biggest change is the On-Screen Display; it’s a million times better this year.

HurricaneHaines: Sirs, Will we get to view other cars when we have completed a race, rather than staring at a static leaderboard?

Yes, you can now view the cars as you wait via the all-new Spectator Mode!

FakeJensButton: Is the KERS battery red?

Once it was green, now it’s red

Muerte75: What improvements have been made to the AI?

This year a new system has been put in place to enable the AI to consider and act upon several things at once. Last year we had difficulties making the AI competitive on the hardest difficulty but this year… well… they are fast!

mickeycarty: Could we have the Official FIA intro like here http://t.co/gDgV1hl in the game?

Unfortunately, that is not in this year’s game but one for the future if they allow it!

AshWoody90: This time, is there going to be the facility to save the game midway through a race?

There is no mid-race saves in 2011 but with the all new handling you will go so much faster, you’ll not want to save!

FakeJensButton: KERS malfunctions in the game?

Yes, KERS, DRS and other elements can malfunction.

JourneyTH: Will the co-op campaign be only a season long or will the amount of seasons be adjustable?

It’s a single season, which can be quite a long time if you factor in Practice and Qualifying.

theFakeVettel: Will my pointy finger make an appearance on the game?

We’re sending a free copy to Vettel so you’ll be able to find out soon enough.

F1archives: Will there be retro F1 DLC?

This is something we desperately want to include but I’m sure you can imagine it’s a bit of a licensing nightmare. We’re working on it.

MattMarquard: Has the crash damage improved? And if it’s not in this game, proper deforming tyre barriers would be cool. Almost like in Grid.

We’re balancing the damage so the cars are more fragile but as for an overhaul of the damage system, we’d like to, but feel there are bigger things to tackle first.

Liffonmelsmork: Have the long waits in the pits been fixed?

Yes, fixed! Entirely new pit system was implemented after we reviewed last years work.

Stormcat13: In what detail has the dynamic weather been improved?

The visuals better match the actual track conditions. An amazing sky system has been included so you can see the weather coming in and changing conditions. It does often look beautiful!

harrytulloch: Apart from 24 cars online, what other new features will there be for online racing

The Race Engineer is now available online so you’re not left in the dark like you were last year. Co-Op Championship enables you to play with a friend through a season as team-mates. Spectator Mode means you’re not left staring at results waiting for others to finish.

Kandol20: When loading a race, could the chain (Fleetwood Mac) be heard as opposed to a generic tune?

We’ve looked into this but there are issues around it. I’d like to see it included… one day!

Stormcat13: Did you fix the 3rd sector time on the display when in the garage? All other drivers came up but not the player. Major problem!

Yes, this was fixed

Scorpion760: Will there be a system similar to ‘Autolog’ that will let you challenge friends to lap times etc, to enhance Multiplayer?

There is something similar, built around challenging friends.

clarkbatfan: Have you got a new penalty system?

Yes! And a new designer to look after this system! It’s very complex but an improvement over ’10.

adrianhui: Will drivers get control of the car in the pit lane or is it still fixed path.

You can opt to have more control or leave it on automatic.

MickyFer: In the game will there be the audible ‘beep’ that an F1 driver gets through their headset when a gear-shift is required?

No, as this isn’t needed in the game as you can easily hear the engine and see the on-screen indicators. Besides, it’d become annoying and interfere with the beep we use for DRS availability in races.

Damocool: Will the game focus on maintaining tyre and brake temperatures?

Yes, temperature management is more of a concern for players running simulation options this year.

Damocool: Will cars on an out-lap move when I’m on a hot-lap?

Yes, they get out of your way and generally lap slower when cruising.

chuckcb: Will we be able to use all parameter changes F1 drivers use? Brake Balance/KERS/DRS/Revs/Diff on track? Tyre PSIs?

You can use some of the elements we deem to be useful to the current game and in the media spotlight.

Woodsy921: Have the mirrors been fixed, can you see anything behind you?

The mirrors are so small I don’t think they will ever be amazingly helpful – we have new on-screen indicators to help you locate chasing drivers.

RedBullRacer: Can I toggle the ghost on and off in Time Trial mode?

Yes! You can finally do this

JB59HD: Will the cars have different engine sounds for each team? And will the pop and crackle of the off throttle exhausts be simulated?

Each engine manufacturer has its own engine sound. Off-throttle audio is not included.

MrTaffyMann: Will we be able upload clips to Youtube like in Dirt 3? Also, can they be longer than 30 seconds and be a montage of select clips?

No, this system does not feature in 2011 but I’d like to include it in the future.

MattyyyNewman: Team orders in Career mode & (or) Co-Op mode?

No, it’s a complex field that and one we want to get right if we are to include it.

JB59HD: Will you be able to see damage on your tyres when you flatspot them? And more so than in 2010, will slicks be useless in wet conditions?

Flatspotting is not in 2011 but the tyre compounds and their optimum conditions have been completely altered. You cannot get around a soaking wet track on slicks!

JB59HD: Any future plans to have more customisation of your Career Mode character? Such as fitness, personality and driving style?

No, because you’re driving the car, not a character you’ve created.

JB59HD: have you fixed the AI in qualifying so that the cars on track are not just for show but actually do real lap times?

Yes, all the AI cars set proper times in all sessions now.

EricZehnder: Has pit release been made more realistic (i.e. don’t need gigantic gaps between cars to be considered safe)?

Yes, with an entirely new system you can forget getting stuck in the pits like last year. The pit-crew won’t let you out in dangerous conditions though!

NeoBazza87: Will you include a Spectator Option Online after u crash out or finish the race early like the DiRT series? Badly needed IMHO.

Yes, Spectator Mode is included this year.

JB59HD: In Career mode will Kobayashi eventually get into a better team and win the championship? If not, why not?! He is awesome!

The terms of the license prevent driver moves.

DJrocks569: Has the penalty system for online MP races been refined to stop those using the car in front as a brake in corners?

Yes, the penalty system has been completely overhauled and it’s much better than the one found in 2010.

F1archives: One more! Why can’t we view the car in the pits from any camera (trackside included)?

For technical reasons

TorethSOE: Are there be plans for a full career mode including driver transfers and new drivers? Possibly a team management mode for 2012?

Driver transfers are not allowed by the license but I am interested in team management… in fact we’ve loads of ideas for that…

Frazzledrew: Will DRS be automatic or manually controlled?

Manually controlled of course! You can’t really make it automatic in Qualifying – we might spin you out!

Blairy20: Are we able to attack the kerbs this time around? F1 2010 spun you around way too much!

The kerbs will now be your best friend… yes; you can attack them in 2011 now the all new suspension system is in place.

Agamer2006: Are there any plans for cross play between the PS3 and PS Vita versions in the future?

In the future everything is possible.

f1vgfan: Will breaking assist be in the game?

Yes, braking assist is available.

3l3CTRONICA: Will you be able to put Lewis Hamilton in a Red Bull? :)

No, driver transfers are prohibited by the license (unfortunately)

top_shell: Do you plan to have visibility options for players with red-green colour blindness?

The Dynamic Racing Line has a 3D option to overcome this issue. In time we’ll look to do even more – it’s important to us.


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Woo got my question answered :)

I loved 2010, cant wait to pick up the PS3 version and the PS Vita version for when im out and about

the_ghost__NL 11 August, 2011 @ 18:02

Awesome can’t wait for the game to come out
F1 2010 was a start F1 2011 is going to be the real deal ^^

Sounds like a patch to the F1 2010 BETA!

So let me add a question:
Will this be available for free (or at mayor discount) for those that bought F1 2010 which was clearly not a completed game. For me F1 2010 feels like a total loss of money.

That’s a lot of answers. Thanks

Is it true there’s no demo,i’ll probably skip the game again because of this.I really need to test the handling for a few hours before I spend 40 quid on this.

Also hurry up ISI.

Thanks for including my question guys. Much appreciated and cannot wait 4 the game 2 come out next month

the COOP is what has me interested now :)

i had to laugh at the question “will u be able to put lewis hamilton in a red bull? ”
that guy is dangerous in a mclaren if u put him in a red bull he might kill someone

What almost no PSV vita version question :(.

GOONER-_-1991 12 August, 2011 @ 16:19

will their be DNS settings in the game f1

y isn’t there a mode lewis hamilton is chasing u and if he catches u he hit u off the track just like every other f1 driver this season

GOONER-_-1991 12 August, 2011 @ 17:29

can’t wait for the new f1 2011 to cm out gn look real like f1 on tv :D

who do i hit of track cocky hamilton or cocky vettel hmm tough 1

it looks and sounds great. it would be nice to see the safety car rule in it. what about the 107% qualifying rule? is there a release juring season? if so what about the DRS activation points on circuits that have not yet been raced on or will it have been researched? i like that you want the legendary f1 cars aswel hope you can start to get them soon. with spectator mode can you dictate the starting line up to make it full of over taking? and finally if i hit alonso just right can i still take him out without damaging my car and picking up a penalty still? gotta put the tainted driver where he belongs lol.

one question i forgot to ask is can you tell your race engineer to shut up juring a race? cos it is very annoying when you are focusing on the race.

I dont see why licensing should prohibit drivers moving teams. Anyone ever hear of a football management game in which you can’t buy or sell players due to licensing? Surely its an integral part of the sport and any ‘career mode’ without it is going to feel as hollow as the last game’s attempt.

On a brighter note, glad to hear pit issues and S3 time problems been sorted. Should have been patched after release really though for F1 2010.

will there be drs in the game

good info on 2011

BR1CE-HAR-HAR 14 August, 2011 @ 04:16

can u be able to retire in the race like an engine failure or your engine blows up in to flames on the game


Wow, I can’t believe it.
After scrolling down almost to the end of the list, one of my questions made it into the final 50 answered. I am feeling just a little chuffed for myself. I can only imagine just how many questions that the guys were bombarded with, thousands no doubt. I can’t believe that I actually made the cut. Stuff like that never happens to me. In case you were all wondering, it’s the one from 3l3CTRONICA

Will the graphics be as good as GT5 standard cars? I literally took a heart attack of pure and utter amazement. A stroke of awe and unbelievability at the beauty of those PS2 gen cars. Holy crap. Anyhoo, I’d very much like my question answered. Please and thank you Sony.

Can the PSP be used as a mirror like in a previous F1 game?

@parkinj – Yes, DRS is in the game as a fully player controlled feature.

@BR1CE-HAR-HAR – Mechanical failures are a new feature for F1 2011 so yes they’ll be in the game :)

@Arion87 – F1 2011 doesn’t support this function, sorry.


I hope you guys do get the license to do more with this game. It would be awsome to see some retro F1 dlc or something like that. :)


they should really get the rights to be able to move the drivers around, as just stealing someones place is a but rubbish, also hope next year has a team management mode would be good

loving the saftey car

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