Turn of assists inc TC, 11/11, HUD, and cockpit view then. Oh and don't use flashbacks.
Wouldn't complain about difficulty if I'd been making it easier for myself.
Aids off except for automated gears (cba on the X360 controller). Huds still on though, how would that make it harder? I don't get the relevant info from my engineer so the HUD provides better info. Would be better for immersion to turn it off though I suppose. I always race cockpit view. I use flashbacks though, for those horrid backmarkers that start swerving right ahead of you and take you out just as you are about to lap them.
Oh and I don't use suspension settings higher than 8.
It was my second season and I was in the Ferrari. It was so bloody good I won all those races. I intentionally crashed out of Monaco because I can't seem to finish the race in one piece. And I finished second in the other race. Only one I lost on merit.
I took some poles throughout the season but had plenty rubbish qualifying sessions as well (some 18th place starts, especially in rainy qualis). The races are just too easy.
Oh and what I don't like is you can miss your qualifying target by going for optimum race strategy.
And while on my rant, if I want the full driver's experience I want at least the full experience on track. That means also a parade lap where you're responsible for keeping the heat in the tyres, possibly even finding the clutch bite point. I can see letting the driver actually drive to the grid would be too much, seeing how big the crowd usually is on the grid, but starting from the start of the parade lap should be easily doable.