Formula 1 ’99
Stay off the brakes. The brake pedal has inexplicably been coded
to behave exactly like a handbrake, so even the slightest steering
input while braking for a corner will send you into an instant and
unrecoverable snap spin. Simply lift off the gas to enact the auto-
braking feature, and the car will slow down sufficiently for almost
every corner in the game.
If you find yourself getting into trouble after entering a corner
too fast, you can avoid disaster by hitting the Pit Speed Limiter,
which you can map to a convenient button on your joystick or wheel
beforehand. This will slam you down to 75 mph in a heartbeat without
upsetting the car in any way.
(Just remember to turn it off again immediately.)
The car-setup options are a bit of a joke, but down-force settings
and gear ratios do affect your straight-line speed and should be
adjusted appropriately. Most of the other options are nothing more
than sugar pills, because you can easily set lap records on a wet
track with slicks. And the brake-bias settings are redundant in a
game in which employing the brakes is a recipe for disaster.
Even with the Rules Enforcement option turned on, you can still get
away with shortcutting many of the chicanes at most tracks. Keep
experimenting to determine how far off the track your car can go
without incurring a shortcut penalty. This is the only way to keep
pace with the AI cars on most of the tracks at the higher difficulty