F1 Manager 2022 Setup Guide for Beginners

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Having trouble maximising your practice sessions and nailing your settings in F1 Manager 2022? Here’s a handy F1 Manager 2022 setup guide just for you!

Image credit: Frontier Developments

F1 Manager 2022 is the latest racing game on the block, and it’s taking everybody by storm. Frontier Developments have largely lived up to what were some very high expectations. As such, many racing fans are picking up the title and trying their hands as team principals. However, it’s not quite as easy as it may seem!

One of the trickiest aspects of F1 Manager 2022 is actually the free practice sessions. Specifically, finding a great setup can be a challenge to say the least. So, here are some beginner tips to help you if you’ve been struggling to find those ‘optimals’. Here is our F1 Manager 2022 setup guide.

F1 Manager 2022 Setup Guide – Don’t Waste Time

So, you’ve arrived at the track and it’s time for FP1. What should you do first? Before you load into the session, make sure you are prepared. By editing the two driver’s setups before the session actually begins, you can ensure that you don’t waste upwards of four minutes at the start of practice itself. After all, every moment counts in Formula 1.

Maximising your track time will give you more chances to tweak your setup. Therefore, you will be more likely to really hit that sweet spot. Another way to ensure your cars are out there for as much time as they can be is to pay attention to your stint lengths.

Make sure you don’t skip past this screen without setting your initial setups. Image credit: Frontier Developments

Starting off with the default 15 lap stint is usually a good idea. This gives most drivers enough time to develop an opinion on every aspect of their setup. The only part of the session where you will need to adjust your stint length is the very end. If there isn’t enough time for a 15-lap stint, then there’s no point spending extra seconds fuelling up the car.

Similarly, don’t adjust your setup if there’s only a few minutes left in the session – you won’t have enough time to get feedback, and you lose time for your driver to acclimatise to the circuit.

You Have Two Drivers, Use Them

What we mean by this is not just that you remember to send both drivers out onto the track. Hopefully you’ve at least mastered that by this stage. Rather, it’s a good idea to start FP1 with two radically different setups, one for each driver. This way, you will effectively gain twice the feedback you would have received otherwise.

Try to make sure you cover both ends of each green bar with your two drivers. Image credit: Frontier Developments

Think of it this way, if you send Sebastian Vettel out with no downforce while raising Stroll’s wing angles to the max, you will get a better idea of where the sweet spot lies. If both drivers tell you that the setup is ‘bad’, then you’ll know it should be somewhere near the middle. If Vettel reckons his setup is ‘good’, then you’ll know to trim the wings on Stroll’s car.

Of course, don’t take things all the way to the extreme. There’s no point in having values outside of the green zones. However, one towards each end of each green zone is the fastest way to gather the most information.

Should You Bring Them In?

Finally, let’s talk about if and when you should bring drivers in. When you are early on in the weekend and your driver has developed feedback on all five aspects of the setup, then it’s a good idea to bring them back to the pits as soon as possible. This way, you can get the setup changed as soon as you have the information, and you won’t waste time with a driver running around with a 43% comfort setup.

However, as time goes on and you close in on the perfect settings, consider leaving drivers out there more. If you have a setup at 94%, and you’ve just made a tiny tweak to the toe angles, you’re better off letting your drivers complete their stints to maximise track acclimatisation.

With a setup confidence of 94%, Seb can be allowed to complete his stints and gain acclimatisation. Image credit: Frontier Developments

Basically, the rule is as follows. When you have a bad or uncertain setup, you should be bringing drivers in for adjustments as soon as they have 5/5 feedback. When you have a setup above around 85% comfort, then you should be prioritising track time over fine-tuning at every opportunity. There’s no use in cutting a stint short just to spend four and a half minutes recalibrating the anti-roll bars by one degree.  

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My name is Jacob and I have been writing for OverTake since November of 2020. I come from the UK, but I'm now living in Berlin. I love to watch, write about and sometimes shout about all forms of racing.