To dampen the difficulty of F1 2012, there are several driving assists that can be toggled to modify the experience. You can turn on racing lines, limit the racing lines to just the curves, or turn them off altogether. You can change the transmission of the cars to automatic, assisted manual, or full manual. Antilock brakes are optional, and you can even adjust the level of communication with your pit crew.
Despite these options and the "easy" game mode (which sets the AI skill level at amateur), F1 2012 is not easy by any means. This is why I encourage everyone to complete the Young Driver Test before you hit the track competitively. There is a pretty steep learning curve. For most casual gamers, this will be too much. But for hardcore F1 fans or gamers who love racing, this level of realism is probably as close as you can come to the intensity of F1 racing without being behind the wheel.
All in all, F1 2012 is an excellent game. Even after hours of play in each of the various game modes, I have never experienced any technical glitches. The graphics are stunning, and the experience is rich with intensity. Serious F1 fans will love its realism. But this realism is a double-edged sword, and the difficulty of F1 racing makes the beauty of F1 2012 inaccessible for casual gamers.
F1 2012 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: Windows PC and PS3.