"I'm sure one of the larger teams would love to have you. As a development driver," mocks your Formula 2 rival, hoping to goad you into a virtual antagonistic relationship on your path to Formula 1. Therein lies the inherent challenge of F2's presence in the upcoming F1 2019 title - it's not just about tooling around in the junior category, it's about the challenge to reach the top tier.
Developer Codemasters has analysed how players have responded to its 10-year career mode, keeping track of when they tend to lose interest and then trying to encourage them to maintain momentum to the end of the cycle. Introduced in the 2016 game, the mode has been tweaked in subsequent versions but still feels quite team-focused, so F2's inclusion should give the gamer a greater incentive to persist by enabling them to develop their driver as well as their cars.
At launch there will only be the 2018 season available before a free update - expected to be released sometime after launch - adds the current campaign and the tantalising prospect of taking F2 to the online multiplayer battlefield. But this isn't just a case of bolting on F2 to keep a yearly game series fresh, as game director Lee Mather explains at the first play of F1 2019 in Hamburg.