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Here is the official Beginner's Guide for F1 2021.

 

 

 

And a Portimao guide:

 

 

In addition, all of these guides for 2020 will work in 2021:

 

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Australia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXfyWx4ANNc&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=1

 

Bahrain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQpGBqzleSc&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=2

 

Vietnam (2020 only)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kIoz-a_xZM&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=3

 

China
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNh-6XZONLI&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=4

 

Netherlands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dD2A18ui-U&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=5

 

Spain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kDTVGpxV30&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=6

 

Monaco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZje3utb2mE&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=7

 

Azerbaijan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SFwpTqnn30&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=8

 

Canada
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18xMBgoYcTY&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=9

 

France
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPqCjBx1Nw0&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=10

 

Austria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU7WU-8gR-g&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=11

 

Great Britain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXG3eaM3OWo&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=12

 

Hungary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6YHnWKk7yI&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=13

 

Belgium
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN86pI49ikw&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=14

 

Italy (Monza)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAlvAdzbbE&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=15

 

Russia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V2H6vpIfZc&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=16

 

Singapore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSHVONw6Yk&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=17

 

Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYDreNxw96c&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=18

 

USA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWneSCrsRkY&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=19

 

Mexico
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rHTUJM-wlk&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=20

 

Brazil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AWD4YHceTM&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=21

 

Abu Dhabi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtS1eH7irbk&list=PLdeld3cKzBQ9xNuttbd2lxAwwO3v2lGa3&index=22 

 


 

 

 

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If you have any questions about how to get better at F1 2021, ask away in this thread.

Likewise, if you have any tips to share, feel free to reply to others' comments or share what made you go fast. 

It doesn't have to be a video either, anything that can help everybody get faster is good to share 🙂 

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Thank you so much for this. Just a doubt to choose the best AI difficulty. In F1 2021 will we select which car to make 
this adjustment? Sorry for my English, I'm Brazilian. Thank you friend.
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5 hours ago, PTC said:

Thank you so much for this. Just a doubt to choose the best AI difficulty. In F1 2021 will we select which car to make 
this adjustment? Sorry for my English, I'm Brazilian. Thank you friend.

Personally, I use Mercedes/Bottas and try to barely beat Hamilton.

In F2, pick any car, but F2 cars are harder to drive than F1 so you might have a different difficulty.

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@PJTierney my sunshine my pride, was wondering this earlier. On your own Beginner Tips video for F1 2021 you suggest running a qually session with Bottas to assess the AI level using Hamilton's time as a parameter.

However:

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Assuming that Pace is king in a qualification session, wouldn't it be fitter to go with McLaren and aim to get the closest time possible to your teammate?

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In the game they're more well matched. And McLaren clearly is the prettier car – that gotta count!

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I hope you can help - I'm really struggling trying to find where I enable simulation practice on my team career mode. It doesnt give me the option to choose this. I go into the first race weekend practice and I can only go straight to the track when I choose one of the practice programs. Any ideas folks ?

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12 hours ago, PJTierney said:

Personally, I use Mercedes/Bottas and try to barely beat Hamilton.

Ha! Gotcha! I always *knew* someone had to be responsible for the OP Bottas performance we have in the game since over a year now. I should have know that was you 😛😄❤️ Thanks for the guide!

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10 hours ago, Shill360IOM said:

I hope you can help - I'm really struggling trying to find where I enable simulation practice on my team career mode. It doesnt give me the option to choose this. I go into the first race weekend practice and I can only go straight to the track when I choose one of the practice programs. Any ideas folks ?

Your team career car should be one of the cars you can select in Time Trial - select 2021 cars and scroll to the right and it is after all the existing teams.  

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On 7/30/2021 at 11:18 PM, marioho said:

@PJTierney my sunshine my pride, was wondering this earlier. On your own Beginner Tips video for F1 2021 you suggest running a qually session with Bottas to assess the AI level using Hamilton's time as a parameter.

However:

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Assuming that Pace is king in a qualification session, wouldn't it be fitter to go with McLaren and aim to get the closest time possible to your teammate?

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In the game they're more well matched. And McLaren clearly is the prettier car – that gotta count!

I think they're both viable.

 

My theory was that by using Bottas you should be able to just barely win a race if you do everything right and have no mistakes, as you'd be racing against both Hamilton and Verstappen.

Norris v Ricciardo is a good alternative though.

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@TwistedWays heh, I commented on the video when it came out as Youtube seemed it fit to recommend it to me:

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Good video, but the overtake mode could use some revising. The ERS won't deliver power to the crankshaft on race starts before the car has reached 100kph. That's on the FIA technical regulations (appendix 3) and David Greco from Codemasters has confirmed that this is also the case for the games for a while now.

So starting with the Overtake function on has no effect until you've reached that speed - usually on 2nd or 3rd gear. 

The tip is still valid, as the player has to take the 160bhp extra the MGU-K is delivering from that moment on if he launches the car with the OT mode on, but it's not doomed to jinx his start.

 

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After analysing a few of Jarno Opmeer's starts I do it a little differently now.

 

  • Hold at 12-13,000 rpm (main thing is throttle at 25%)
  • Immediately shift to 2nd
  • Keep adding more throttle and short-shifting until full-throttle, then hit Overtake.
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1 minute ago, PJTierney said:

After analysing a few of Jarno Opmeer's starts I do it a little differently now.

 

  • Hold at 12-13,000 rpm (main thing is throttle at 25%)
  • Immediately shift to 2nd
  • Keep adding more throttle and short-shifting until full-throttle, then hit Overtake.

Been trying to get better off the starts, though I'm typically at the speed of those around me, it would be nice to get a jump from time to time. Will try this out. 

I think the biggest challenge is remembering the steps in the moment when the lights go out and there's a hundred things happening at once. 

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I want to thank PJTierney for his vid on understeering. The chart helped me out alot and ya might want to put it up here, just an idea. Now if I just had a chart for tire pressures. Again thanks.

 

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12 hours ago, Badmayhem said:

I want to thank PJTierney for his vid on understeering.

🙂 

 

Here's the video for peoples' reference:

 

 

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In this scenario I've turned too much while braking, and the front has locked up.

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FYI, those values are based off the beep you hear when you turn on the Upshift Tone in the audio options 🙂 

Essentially, I drove slowly down a straight, steadily rising the RPM until I heard the beep, and marked where it was.

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3 hours ago, PJTierney said:

the beep you hear when you turn on the Upshift Tone

If you can hear it, that is 😄 - there are some reports about just that not working properly in F1 2021 and i have to agree (PC steam). Since it is a rather important aspect for performance, it would be great if players could tune that to their needs, or if at least it would work as flawless as it did back in F1 2020.

Thanks again for all the insights in your instructional videos 👍

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Let's see if anyone can help me with a "my team" problem.

I was getting a lot of messages from Jeff about putting too much pressure on my power unit (or something like that).

By the time I get to the race I have to change several components and take a grid penalty. If these things are supposed to take me through six races without a penalty, what am I doing wrong that I had to replace them for race 4?

 

 

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10 hours ago, slthree said:

Let's see if anyone can help me with a "my team" problem.

I was getting a lot of messages from Jeff about putting too much pressure on my power unit (or something like that).

By the time I get to the race I have to change several components and take a grid penalty. If these things are supposed to take me through six races without a penalty, what am I doing wrong that I had to replace them for race 4?

 

 

when did you replace the components, i.e. how many percent wear and tear, did you skip some racing sessions?

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1 hour ago, FTBuzzard said:

when did you replace the components, i.e. how many percent wear and tear, did you skip some racing sessions?

It was after qualifying for my 4th race.

I was retired (DNF) from Race 3 with just 4 laps to go.

Practice1 and Practice 2 for race 4 went fine. But, it was Practice 3 when I kept getting warnings from Jeff about being to hard on the engine and I lost use of a gear.

I qualified 10th but I knew I had issues with something mechanical. When I progressed to the race (I believe 32 laps at RBR. I'm on 50% race length) I noticed that the components only had like 20ish laps left.

I wanted to finish the races because I didn't want to DNFs in a row. I changed the gear box 1st because that was shot. But it wasn't enough. The tab just before that one had like 5 things that also needed new units.

I took a 5 grid penalty. That doesn't necessarily bother me because starting 15th is something I can live with.

My problem is that I don't know what I'm doing wrong to put such wear and tear on these items when they are supposed to last for six full races.

Should I not be doing the full 60 minute practice sessions? I do notice that I turned more laps per session than the AI drivers.

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3 hours ago, FTBuzzard said:

actually, its not necessary to do 60 min practice season, just do the team tasks and switch over to Quali.

 

1 hour ago, Badmayhem said:

Slthree......you use your practice gearbox for p1 and 2 then u use your race box for p3, q and race. Simple solution.....skip p3.

Thank you both for taking the time to help me out.

I did not realize that laps turned during practice sessions counted toward the wear of the components.

I'm definitely going to skip P3 from now on.

I think it's time to search on PJ's YouTube channel for a primer on "My Team".

 

 

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