Have come back to F1 2010 after Christmas, and have to say that playing GT5 with the wheel has really helped me! I'm getting sweeter lines into the corners, I've improved my Catalunya time by around a second, and I've got more consistent with it too.
Picked up my restarted career with Hispania from a couple of months ago, had the Spanish GP up next... I was dreading it as usual. Spent a good 45 minutes in practice just trying some setups I'd checked out online, and trying some different lines too. Didn't light up the timesheet, but felt better driving the car. Qualified 15th, Senna was 19th. Come race day it's soaking wet.
I didn't want to go and fiddle with my hard-earned setup, so I only racked the ride height up a notch on each side, and the same for the wings, up one step on both front and rear.... The car felt great and... I won! 50% race and it rained the whole way. Alonso led for a long time with a fairly steady 8-10 seconds lead, but spun with 5 laps to go and I was cruising to the end. No mistakes, no wobbles in the rainy conditions, just a fantastic race with some great battles as I moved up the order with Schumi, Kubica and a 5-corner tussle with Liuzzi on lap one!
And I then thought, where is all this in GT5? Sure you get amazing driving physics and so many cars, but unless you go online and find a good group, the racing isn't as good as this. The AI is ok in GT, but it's nothing compared with the one in this game, especially when the rain comes and the AI gets relatively faster to you. That's my only complaint with this game, that in bone dry conditions, the other cars aren't quick enough.
Online seems to be better now too, mainly coz all the crashers and morons have gone to GT5, or Need for Speed (where they belong). Had a really good 3-race series with mostly Brits and a few Spanish drivers. They were mostly very good, apart from the inevitable first-corner smash fest. I try and look for rooms that apply 2010 car speeds, coz I like doing a bit of giantkilling in the HRT... some people really don't like it if you're faster than them in that car (plus I'm only level 25 as I don't do much online racing, so these guys who are lvl 30+ think I'm some kid