I’ve been a “gamer” since my first computer (Apple IIc) back in the 80’s. I’m not as hard core as a lot of people, mainly because I have a job that requires me to get a good nights sleep and focus on the tasks at hand.
Actual Gameplay (Qualifying Lap):
Here’s a comparison of the game vs. a real life lap:
As you can see by the videos above this is a pretty realistic simulator. Fortunately there are a lot of computer assist settings you can enable to make the game playable. I turned all the assists off and could barely drive the car around the track. I imagine in real life these multi-million machines are VERY difficult to drive, let alone race.
F1 2011 for Xbox retails for around $50. Last years version can be had for about half that price at Game Stop. If you’re looking for a realistic and challenging racing simulator you’ll probably like this game.