F1 22 setup tips from a sim racing pro!

F1 22 sees a big change to the performance of the car and, as a result, to the set-ups and the drive.

As Team Manager for Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports and Head of Sim Racing at G2 Esports, I’m going to walk you through some of the things I look for when creating builds in F1 22.

But first, some expectations!

No setting is going to be the magic bullet for insane time gains. You can dial in some of the understeer F1 play they’re known for, or give it a bit more top speed, but for the most part, developing driving fundamentals is the first stop for improvement.

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With that said, here are my top tips for setups in F1 22.

go default

When attacking a circuit for the first time, the default setups are actually a very good way to understand the general direction in which to take the setup. The basic presets aren’t going to set the world on fire, but they’ll give you a really solid foundation to work from.

For Silverstone, you’re going to want fewer wings and superior balance in the long, fast corners, so try using the lower wing presets initially to understand how they affect the car and build from there.

For a circuit like Monaco, you’ll want the opposite. Start with the tallest wing presets and then turn your attention to dialing in some mechanical grip via suspension and ride height settings.

Some general rules if you are having trouble with certain issues within these presets.

If you have poor stability at high speeds or oversteer at high speed, start gradually (negatively) decreasing the rear camber to dial it in. Do you struggle in traction zones? Try smoothing out the rear suspension or check the rear tire pressure.

F1 22 Jeddah setup suspension
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For understeer, try experimenting with the diff settings I mention below, in addition to making changes to the wider setting. Low-speed understeer will require you to look more at mechanical grip (tire pressure, suspension settings, camber, and toe-in), while high-speed understeer is probably better dialed in with wing settings.

Balance is important, as outright performance on a lap often translates into more tire degradation during a stint, something we’ll get to now.

Build for a purpose

Time trial, race, qualification. What is the setting for?

Don’t be fooled into seeing esports pros at the top of the time trial leaderboards and then downloading their builds to use for longer races. Those setups are designed to be driven at the absolute limit of one lap, and over the course of a long race they are a recipe for disaster due to their unstable and unpredictable nature, as well as other drawbacks such as increased tire degradation.

You also have to take into account the Parc Fermé rules and the lack of options that allow you to switch between qualifying and racing.

f1 22 setup tips from a sim racing pro!

Start with an end goal and test your settings accordingly. For longer runs, look at more than just the time delta. Focus on how balance changes during a stint and how tires last during a race. Try various tire compounds, as any setup changes you make may be good on more responsive tires, but won’t necessarily work on a longer medium or hard stint.

Test dirty air and how the car responds, adding a little front wing can help if you know you’re going to get stuck in a train. Your use of DRS and ERS and how that affects fuel use, all of these things will affect the car in the race.

Wet and dry settings also require completely different approaches, so don’t forget to check the weather forecast!

In the wet, you’ll want to focus on ride height initially (bottoming out in the wet are the barriers of destiny), while smoothing out the entire car and lowering tire pressure for better contact patch with the tarmac. Wings are important too, the last thing you want in a downpour is skinny wings, so increase those too.

New regulations, new considerations

One of the big talking points of this year’s cars is that, aerodynamically, they are fundamentally different from last year’s. There is much less visible aerodynamics, especially in the barge boards and front wing areas of the car.

This has been replaced by something called ‘ground effect’ where the floor of the car creates an area of ​​low pressure, especially at high speeds, which sucks the car into the ground.

What you will find this year is that cars at lower speeds will be slower, with more understeer. While in the high-speed corners of circuits like Jeddah and Silverstone, the car will feel more responsive.

So how does this affect the configuration?

f1 22 setup tips from a sim racing pro!

To get the most out of ground effect, you’ll want to experiment with camber (the angle of the car) and ride heights to meet the needs of the track you’re preparing for. It’s about commitment. Running the setting too low will result in bottoming out, a killer on old school circuits with high curbs like Mexico and Monza, while on newer soft pool table circuits you can be more aggressive with ride height to maximize profits.

Porpoise or ricochet doesn’t seem to be a consideration so far, but that could change as the game gets more updated.

Expanded options, in more ways than one!

This year, in addition to the new fundamentals introduced by ground effect, the game’s builds have been opened up considerably, with more precise adjustments to certain builds.

As a result, ‘Meta’ settings are likely to change very frequently early in the games life cycle.

f1 22 setup tips from a sim racing pro!

This gives a large window of opportunity. Don’t be afraid to experiment with things you might not have considered in previous F1 titles.

Negative camber, inverted wings and suspensions, try to see how it affects the car in all situations. This kind of thinking will be crucial early on, as the meta is much less stable and predictable.

Options in the car

Brake pressure has generally been 100% pressure and 50% bias in the meta, but again with a new game this could reasonably change. Be careful with these settings, especially if you are not using a load cell pedal, as they require precise control of the brake pedal to prevent lockup.

Track braking in any racing title is a crucial lap time skill as it helps turn the car while maximizing braking performance.

f1 22 setup tips from a sim racing pro!

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can adjust the braking bias depending on the corner, however this seems to have less of an effect in F1 games than in other titles.

Regarding the differential, I expect lower values ​​without gas (50-60%) to be preferred to counteract the understeer provided by the new regulations, with fairly high throttle operation (up to 100%) to maximize stability in departures due to the lower amount of downforce generated by the rear wing this year.

However, this is more of an educated guess and depends on how well the new game simulates the low-speed understeer of cars in ground effect.

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