I read the review and thought, "The controls can't be that bad; they worked in previous versions of the game, how different can they be?". I've just been through the tutorials and I can't believe how much the controls suck. The accelerator is literally on or off with no sign of the analogue aspect of the trigger working at all. The brakes don't respond if you push the button half way, but if you push it too much it locks the wheels and makes you overshoot the corners.
I played a previous F1 game, which is why I'm so surprised by this. I remember the controls were never as good as games like Forza, but after adjusting to brake in a straight line, they weren't too hard to handle.
Which assists are best to use? I tried turning braking assist off, but given how bad the braking is, it may go back on, but I don't know what level is a nice match between assisting and avoiding doing the braking for me. I also have traction control switched on.