Braking Point is F1 2021‘s story mode and it tends to be the centerpiece of the game. You start out as Aiden Jackson, a Formula Two winner who wants to succeed on the biggest stage of motorsport. Along the way, you’ll become rivals with Casper Akkerman, a veteran driver who’s also your teammate. Likewise, another driver (Devon Butler who’s from a previous game) will continue to pester both of you. Mind you, there are a few issues with the narrative and pacing as mentioned in our official review, so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, if you’re up for it, here’s our F1 2021 Braking Point guide to help you with the story mode’s race objectives.
Note: For more information, check out our F1 2021 guides and features hub.
F1 2021: Braking Point guide
F1 2021‘s Braking Point mode lasts a couple of (shortened) seasons. As Aiden Jackson (prologue and 2020 season), you’ll have to prove that you can make it as a rookie. At the start, you can choose from five Formula One teams (BWT/Aston Martin, AlphaTauri, Alfa Romeo, Haas, and Williams). The only key difference here is that BWT Racing Point gets rebranded as Aston Martin later on. Then, during the 2021 season, the narrative shifts to that of your teammate, Casper Akkerman.
Braking Point has sessions that can either start during the middle of a race or from the very beginning (i.e., full race). It’s also why pacing can feel a little off at times. The narrative is also fairly scripted, which means exceeding the target objectives won’t drastically alter the plot. In any case, you can refer to the pages below for the parts that you need help with:
Note: For full races, regulations require you to go to the pit stop once so your car’s tires can be changed. Doing so tends to let roughly 14 to 15 seconds elapse, so make sure that you’re further ahead of your opponents (or that they’ve yet to make a pit stop). Most scripted/mid-race sessions don’t usually require this action at all.