No it wasn't, it absolutely wasn't and the physics need to change if they don't want the sim-racing crowd to shit on the game. There is no other PC sim with such a almost unanimous bad reception of feel and physics-realism as pCARS 1 among people who have been sim racing for a long time.
The handling was very good with a wheel, but gamepad support was not the best.
Look at the comments at racedepartment.com under articles for iRacing, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista and RaceRoom - the overall tone is always positiv except for pCARS. Sim racing's most watched youtuber Matt Orr even made a video saying that there won't be more pCARS videos despite of all the views he could get (and I think he covers all other current-day sims).
Not saying you're not allowed to like the game's handling with a wheel, but don't generalize that opinion.