F1 2013 Research and Development ALWAYS fails?

F1 2013 The Game (Codemasters)
Hi,

I've completed three R&D's at this point, all by a long shot (one was a total time of 8:40 and I got 8:19, this most recent was three consecutive laps under 1:40 and they were all 1:33-1:34), but ALL of them have said "COMPONENT UNAVAILABLE: This component has failed. Due to its rarity it is not currently available... "
It set itself to the "Aggressive" path and I can't change that. Am I doing something wrong or is it purely bad luck?
 

Graham Laing

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If you are the number 2 driver, you don't get to choose the R&D path, the number 1 driver chooses (for the whole team). The number 1 driver with also get any new parts before you.

If the aggressive path is chosen (by anyone), the chances of failure of a new part is higher. However if it doesn't fail, then you have received your new part earlier than any other path.

Swings and roundabouts :)
 

Graham Laing

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No problem :)

I should have also mentioned that with the aggressive path, the likely gains are probably better (if it doesn't get delayed by failure).

For example, whilst the normal/conservative path might result in let's say 5% better downforce quite soon, the aggressive path might enable you to reach 10% better downforce in the same amount of time, if the part(s) work.
 
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Yes, I noticed that, when the part(s) worked, but I only got one part working immediately, and some parts working sometimes only 2 GPs later, and others not at all. But, as you stated above, it probably was because I am the 2nd driver for Ferrari (in career mode).

So, now I know the reasons why, and it's fine (close to RL).
 
Yeah, I just noticed that halfway through Q3 at Suzuka, my engineer said "we've improved the car for 10% better mechanical grip" or something along those lines, which was the R&D I did four GPs ago.
 

Graham Laing

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You can be sure that right now, just about every team apart from Mercedes (in real life), is feeling that very same pain/annoyance :D

They're back in Europe with their lovely shiny new parts, and they're 30 - 60 seconds behind the leaders

R&D theory/simulation, doesn't always work in practice :)
 
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