Success in overtaking and defending in the game is influenced by several factors, including the type of tyre compound used (soft tyres provide the best chance), the car's speed and cornering stats, and the driver's overtaking and defending stats. Additionally, the influence of engine modes on game mechanics has been amplified to create a more dynamic gameplay experience. Using the fast engine mode will increase your chances significantly while using the power-save mode will decrease them.

The car's Speed and Cornering stats will also play a significant role, with Speed being a factor on straights and Cornering improving your chances in turns. While the system has been designed to make overtaking and defending more predictable, some unpredictability has been retained to make the overall experience as realistic as possible.