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Hi, I'm new to F1 2020 and F1 racing in general. But I'm a huge fan of any type of simulation that allows one to experience something in a computer/console simulation environment that they would never be able to experience in real life. I've always had a passing interest in F1 racing and this game sucked me in. I bought a G920 wheel and Playseat Challenger driving seat a couple of days after trying out the game, it hooked me that much. Ok, sorry for the long background, on to my question(s)? The introductory videos are all great but they barely scratch the surface of this great game, where do I go to learn about all the other features & basic information needed to play that aren't explained in a video? I'm used to massive in-depth 300 page manuals for the other really detailed sims I've played. For example, I'm playing my 1st campaign, I'm in the in between races garage, one of my engine components is yellow, says it's worn, so I click to install a new one and I'm told I'll get a grid penalty? Huh, what? Another example, I'm in the middle of a race, it starts to rain, the little man in my ear says "You have a new strategy available". What am I supposed to do with that? I could come up with a bunch more, but you get the idea. Any assistance pointing me to more detailed help would be very appreciated.

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Check out Tom97 on YouTube. His videos and setup guides are excellent.

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52 minutes ago, JimmyCraces said:

Hi, I'm new to F1 2020 and F1 racing in general. But I'm a huge fan of any type of simulation that allows one to experience something in a computer/console simulation environment that they would never be able to experience in real life. I've always had a passing interest in F1 racing and this game sucked me in. I bought a G920 wheel and Playseat Challenger driving seat a couple of days after trying out the game, it hooked me that much. Ok, sorry for the long background, on to my question(s)? The introductory videos are all great but they barely scratch the surface of this great game, where do I go to learn about all the other features & basic information needed to play that aren't explained in a video? I'm used to massive in-depth 300 page manuals for the other really detailed sims I've played. For example, I'm playing my 1st campaign, I'm in the in between races garage, one of my engine components is yellow, says it's worn, so I click to install a new one and I'm told I'll get a grid penalty? Huh, what? Another example, I'm in the middle of a race, it starts to rain, the little man in my ear says "You have a new strategy available". What am I supposed to do with that? I could come up with a bunch more, but you get the idea. Any assistance pointing me to more detailed help would be very appreciated.

Like you said its a simulation of something from real life and its normally the case that the game would appeal to a person who loves the sport and has an idea of how the sport is run and the rules and regulations, it takes someone along time to write a manual that would explain all that you need to know. If you want to know  there are a great number of videos for the 2020 version of the game on this site produced by the developers that will make things clearer to you ,  also you tube has 100's of videos explaining how F1 works if you're interested in watching these to find the information you need in order to play the game properly , as an alternative to this there is also the part of the game called 'Grand Prix' where you can choose to just race and choose a pre set set-up and if you choose 5 lap races then you will not have pit stops that require you to have some idea of how F1 works in the real world and if that is not your thing then the game/ Sport is not really for you.

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On 2/6/2021 at 8:53 PM, JimmyCraces said:

Hi, I'm new to F1 2020 and F1 racing in general. But I'm a huge fan of any type of simulation that allows one to experience something in a computer/console simulation environment that they would never be able to experience in real life. I've always had a passing interest in F1 racing and this game sucked me in. I bought a G920 wheel and Playseat Challenger driving seat a couple of days after trying out the game, it hooked me that much. Ok, sorry for the long background, on to my question(s)? The introductory videos are all great but they barely scratch the surface of this great game, where do I go to learn about all the other features & basic information needed to play that aren't explained in a video? I'm used to massive in-depth 300 page manuals for the other really detailed sims I've played. For example, I'm playing my 1st campaign, I'm in the in between races garage, one of my engine components is yellow, says it's worn, so I click to install a new one and I'm told I'll get a grid penalty? Huh, what? Another example, I'm in the middle of a race, it starts to rain, the little man in my ear says "You have a new strategy available". What am I supposed to do with that? I could come up with a bunch more, but you get the idea. Any assistance pointing me to more detailed help would be very appreciated.

Hi Jimmy, firstly welcome to the forum and secondly welcome to the world of F1.

I'm happy to help out and answer some of your questions, there aren't many 'guides' or manuals online to assist with understanding the sport, especially the rules and regulations. 

Rules Concerning the Changing of Components:

The components that wear throughout your season are:
ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) - this typically wears the fastest and is one of the components I invest in heavily when I start a season.
MGU-K - this generates electricity that is stored in the 'Energy Storage (ES)' which is used for ERS (Energy Recovery System which gives you a boost of approximately 17 km/h when used)
MGU-H - Generates heat which is again stored in the ES.
Energy Storage (ES) - Energy generated from the MGU-K and MGU-H is stored in this which is where energy collects for you to use your ERS, generating an additional 160HP.

Turbocharger (TC) - Self explanatory really.
Control Electronics (CE) - Controls all of the cars electronics, essentially the motherboard of the car.


You get so many components throughout your season, you need to use these sparingly because if you use more than what is allotted you'll receive a grid penalty. Really important - changing components after you leave the garage in Q1 incurs a grid penalty due to the 'Parc Ferme' rules. Once you've left the garage in Q1 there are only very minor changes you can make to the setup of the car. 

Gearbox Rules:

During the game you get given an 'Event' gearbox and a 'Practice' gearbox. FIA rules stipulate that you aren't allowed to change your gearbox until it has been used across 6 races. Essentially you can change your gearbox after rounds 6, 12 and 18 without incurring a penalty. If you do change your gearbox outside of these windows i.e. before it's raced 6 events then you incur a penalty. My advice to you is to only take a component penalty when you're at a circuit with good overtaking opportunities e.g. Belgium, Spain, Monza because of their long straights and DRS zones. Don't go taking a penalty at Monaco for example as it'll just be a procession as overtaking opportunities are very few and far between. The Practice Gearbox has no limits on how many you can use. If you feel your performance is a bit poor in practice then it could potentially be your practice gearbox that is failing. Order another one, there is no penalty for this.

TIP: If you're going to order any component (ICE, MGU-K, MGU-H, ES, TB or CE during Parc Ferme or a gearbox before it's been used for 6 races then I'd potentially take a big hit and order the whole lot. It equates to about 60 grid place penalties but doesn't carry over to the next race. I normally find that I only need to do this once a season, sometimes only in the first season as over time you'll invest in reliability R&D.
Lastly it's worth running your components until you reach 60% of wear. If you can run it further then you should do because it means you're less likely to need to order new components, thus taking a penalty for the joy of it unless you're outside of Parc Ferme or of course have completed 6 races on the gearbox. 

Dynamic Weather/Tyre Rules:

As you've experienced already, the game has dynamic weather and although it can be a pain in the rear, it's part of the game. When your engineer comes over the radio and tells you "There's a new strategy available on the MFD" all you have to to do is select 'R1' on the PS4 or whatever the equivalent is on the Xbox and it'll show you what tyre they suggest you go on and what lap to pit on. Normally they'll pit you that lap but be wary of your positioning. What I mean by this is at Interlagos in my first year at McLaren they boxed me onto Intermediates but it was on the same lap as my teammate and he was right in front of me so they did a double stack - a method of pitting two cars consecutively which is an art form when it works but an absolute car crash when it doesn't. I lost quite a few places because of this because the pit box couldn't release Lando into the pitlane due to incoming traffic. 

Tyres:

There are 6 different compounds in F1:

Dry Compound

Hard - White striped tyre that is the most durable compound but also the slowest. The hard tyre is normally a tyre to practice on for quite a few laps as it stands up really well but I'd avoid using it in a race unless you have to pit early doors because of a shunt or puncture allowing you to go longer in the race, thus allowing you to make time up from the unscheduled pit stop.
Medium - Yellow striped tyre that is in the 'Goldilocks Zone' for performance and durability. It's the medium speed and durability. 
Soft - Red striped tyre that is the fastest but wears the quickest. Bare in mind, hot and fast tracks such as Bahrain, Monza and Abu Dhabi as an example will chew these up quicker because the more heat in the tyre, the quicker it wears.

Wet Compound:

Intermediate - Green striped tyre that is used when it's raining but there is a clear racing line or dry area on the track, these tyres have an actual tread on them and work similarly to road tyres by scooping up the surface water and passing it behind the tyre, thus creating grip.
Wet - Blue striped tyre that is used when it's properly bucketing it down, when the track has puddles on it and the intermediates no longer cut it.

Rules:

You get given a finite amount of tyres to use across the weekend, normally this equates to:

Hard - 2 (1 practice, 1 qualifying/race)
Medium - 4 (2 practice, 2 qualifying/race)
Soft - 8 (3 practice, 5 qualifying/race)
Wet weather tyres - you get an allocation of Intermediate and Wet tyres in a wet race, I'm unsure on the quantities but it's an ample amount.

Set-up:

One thing that's massively important more so these days is set-ups. What I mean by this is car set-ups, ensuring that you've got the right set up for your aerodynamics, tyres, suspension etc. There are two YouTuber's that I follow who publish their setups and do a 'hotlap' to show you where your braking points may be and tips of tackling each individual circuit. As @kenuf mentioned, Tom97 (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-jYK2AdVmH8LNcjTI_lI6g) is a great user to obtain set-ups from and also two more I use is Jaaames (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Ene38yf-Y6movLKSvc0Iw) and TRL Limitless (https://www.youtube.com/user/JDisMoNsTeR). These guys are all e-racers and are really good. It's worth noting, experiment with the setups because they aren't all going to work for you. Each individual setup has pros and cons so play around with it.

If you've got any more question's please feel free to drop me an IM on here if you can or drop me some contact details such as e-mail and I'll happily assist.

Kieran.

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Kieran, thanks so much, I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your response to my post looking for help! That is wonderful information, very  helpful and will enhance my enjoyment of the game and F1 racing. Also, on the setups, thanks for that info as well. On that note, hope I'm not speaking heresy here :-), years ago I played several seasons of a Nascar racing game w/wheel & pedals on my PC and really enjoyed the process of running practice laps, changing the tire pressure, adjusting the roll bar, camber, etc to get a car that handled the way I wanted. I was looking to repeat that experience with F1 2020, so while I didn't understand the F1 2020 rules, I have been studying the setup process and learning to create my own setups. Again, my thanks!

Jim Cunningham
Traverse City, Michigan
new F1 fan

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Kieran, 

Thanks for the info on engineer and strategy discussions during the race. I tried to use that but wow, I can find the Xbox response key while driving without looking down, but trying to read and then respond, which uses a different Xbox controller key, I find to be almost impossible while still keeping my car on the road at speed. I'll keep trying.

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Hey Jimmy, you're very welcome mate. It can be tricky with engineer change of strategy but you get 30 seconds to accept the change. My advice in this respect is to just wait until you're in a comfortable position on the track i.e. a straight so that you can respond without losing control. Unfortunately it's not always that straight forward (pardon the pun), especially on tracks with a lot of corners in quick succession such as Sochi and Singapore but you'll get used to it and if you **** up you can always use a flashback. By experience it should be the right bumper that you use to respond to your engineer. Don't quote me on this though, I'm on the PS4 and it's R1 there.

Setup wise I've always used other setups I've found online, simply because I just want to race and get the most out of my car using ability and I'm not in any way savvy with engineering and what each bit of the setup does for the car. The only thing I tweak are the tyre pressures now and again if I'm experiencing a lot of wear but as I've mentioned previously, over time you'll end up improving that element of your R&D and tyre wear becomes less aggressive. 

I'd love to get a wheel, peddles and a proper rig but it would cost a fortune as I'd want the Fanatec setup and unfortunately my salary and wife wouldn't agree with the cost of it!

As I've said, any questions then I'm more than happy to help. That's what we're here for, it's a very helpful community on this forum and is the only forum I use. 

What I'll do is DM you my e-mail address as I'm not always on here and then we can communicate through that. I hope this helps.

Thanks,

Kieran.

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On 2/6/2021 at 8:53 PM, JimmyCraces said:

Hi, I'm new to F1 2020 and F1 racing in general.

 

There's a whole set of official tutorials on YouTube which can help you out 🙂 

 

 

 

 

Also, to learn more about the sport go to F1's official channel or Chain Bear:

 

 

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