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Hi all,

1. I was always wondering how F1 drivers in real are doing their setups, does someone has a clue? I guess they are not sitting in front of a screen like we do and adjust sliders. Do they just tell the engineers what is wrong with the car and they adjust it? This I really wanted to know but I never asked the question. So now 😉

2. @BarryBL is there a plan to bring back Hulkenberg as a free agent ?? I really want him as my second driver. Shouldn`t be that tough to implement.

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1. That is obviously different than in the game of course, as they have the entire car to change, whilst we only have some of them. I am sure there are parts that they adjust which are not available in the game. You will also need to take in a lot more variables, such as weight priority, which was the aspect that Mercedes were not factoring when they lost to Red Bull in the Anniversary GP. I am pretty sure they do this in the debrief room with their computers, and I think the mechanics are the ones adjusting it on the car. 
 


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but does the driver know what exactly needs to be adjusted? Or does he just say "hey guys, exit corner 5 I loose traction, do something" 😄 or "we are too slow on the straight, do something"

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1 hour ago, svensenk86 said:

but does the driver know what exactly needs to be adjusted? Or does he just say "hey guys, exit corner 5 I loose traction, do something" 😄 or "we are too slow on the straight, do something"

Depends on the driver. Some drivers will have more technical knowledge than others. But at a guess, the driver describes how the car feels during various corners, and the engineers make the adjustments. 

I can imagine the driver asking for more rear wing, but the team know that that would drop the top speed. The team would have a better adjustment (eg roll bars/tyre pressures etc) that would sort the drivers issue without compromising the top speed. 

Also, there could be occasions where the driver thinks theres a setup issue, but actually they are overdriving the car

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5 hours ago, svensenk86 said:

2. @BarryBL is there a plan to bring back Hulkenberg as a free agent ?? I really want him as my second driver. Shouldn`t be that tough to implement.

That was already answered - its a licencing issue, along with other drivers (Alonso etc)

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19 hours ago, svensenk86 said:

but does the driver know what exactly needs to be adjusted? Or does he just say "hey guys, exit corner 5 I loose traction, do something" 😄 or "we are too slow on the straight, do something"

The issue is that, when you say that to the engineers, straightline speed can be adjusted by the following based on my knowledge: lower wing angles to an obvious extent, lower the ride heights of the car, increase tyre pressures, adjustments to the rear toe can also be done and I think there are also many ways than those in the game. The drivers need to also describe where in the track they are losing straightline speed, because it can also be a battery deployment aspect, where the team can adjust the deployment of the battery in the lap. If you watched the practice sessions, I think it was Grosjean who said that “there is no grip” on the track on the team radio. Now, if you tell that to an engineer or mechanic in the briefing with the team after practice, he will probably stare at you with the face: “are you serious? We need more than that”.  Off throttle, corner exit, medium speed corners, low speed corners, high speed corners, change of direction in the types of corners, driving over the kerbs, run-off areas, under braking, after braking, etc etc... Accuracy and being specific is what they need to describe to the team. Verstappen for instance this weekend, commented on the wing levels being very off set. Now, if I understand that correctly, that can mean that the wing levels are not equal, like in the game I could apply it to it having 1 front wing with 11 rear wing or vice versa. 

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Another Point in real life is that all drivers have a "set mark" button on their wheels. This is to set a marker in all the telemetrie data to find it afterwards when discussing with the engineers, e.g. loosing grip in a specific corner. With the marker they can check afterwards if it's something suspiscious in the data which could cause the grip loss.

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