Played the previous 2 instalments of F1 by codemasters and this one has been tweaked and seems to be worthy of a five star rating. Have only just started the career and finished albert park, With caterham i managed to secure 10th on the grid with difficulty set on professional so i altered it to legend and finished a respectable (but beieveable) 16th. So ya gotta play with the difficulty settings to find a realistic balance. As for car handlng it feels superb, the way you can nearly lose grip if you accelerate too harshly off the corners. The brakes can be adjusted whilst driving on this one and they kept the fuel change possible (rich, standard, lean). Graphics and frame rate run smoothly and the menu interfaces are brilliant they are good for beginners and experienced users. So all in all i'm well happy with my purchase and would recommend to all f1 fans.
Update - a week later i've just completed villeneuve park (cananda), and i can say that cars do crash without you causing an incident now and again. Punctures do happen and engine failures to AI Cars. Cars react to your track position, not with aggression though, unless they are usually already on the 'racing line' and ahead of you. When it rains you have to judge how long until you require inters and wets, and some AI cars may come in earlier and others later.
Ive played online 4 times since and although some people do just crash and that ive found some great races with other people where its been so tight. I Still think monaco is impossible to drive around without losing a front wing though lol, but there is no more tunnel wall glitch. I still think its a great game.