Driving a Formula 1 is different than other car on the planet, and for best experience on F1 2021 you need your controller in top shape, and as always we’ve got you covered.
Most players are comfortable with the default layout, however if you’re comfortable with something else feel free to change the button layout.
Settings > controls, vibration and force feedback > select your controller > edit > calibration.
UNLEASH THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF YOUR CONTROLLER:
Before changing anything, open testing option to get a sense of how your responsive your controller is.
This setting checks if the LEFT STICK of you controller is coming back to it neutral position when you let go if it.
To test the steering deadzone of your controller flick the LEFT STICK, if the input on the screen doesn’t return back to 0 when the STICK bounces back, you need to increase your steering deadzone.
This setting helps your car from going astray on a straight road when you’re not the touching the STICK.
NOTE: Usually an increase of 1 or 2 is enough, but warn out controllers might need up to 5.
This setting checks if you’re getting a full range of motion from your controller’s LEFT STICK.
Open the testing option and turn the LEFT STICK all the way to left and right. If the input hits 100 on both sides you’re good to go, but if it doesn’t increase the saturation until it does.
When set to 0, input scales in linear fashion, eg. Pushing the LEFT STICK 10% will give a 10% input, similarly pushing it 20% will give an input of 20% .
Increasing steering linearity requires more push on the stick while giving the same input as before, this gives you more control over the initial steering input.
We would recommend setting this to 50, as it gives you control over all important to low steering ranges, letting you make minor adjustments to your steering with ease.
NOTE: Although it makes the higher end of the steering inputs difficult, the game makes up for the controller inputs at high speed to keep the car under control, so it isn’t a critical issue.
MAXIMUM WHEEL ROTATION
For this setting you need come back out of calibration and head into > vibration and force feedback. Now scroll all the way down to MAXIMUM WHEEL ROTATION.
Lowering this takes the sharpness off of your steering, making it easier to take tight corners at low speed.
We recommend you set this to 270°, but this depends on your personal preference, so feel free to play around with it and what suits you best.
NOTE: Try setting this on 270° with steering linearity at 0, as these two interact with each other.
Also this setting is only available for controllers on consoles and not on PC.
IF YOU WANT DRIVE WITHOUT ASSIST, THIS IS CRUCIAL FOR YOU.
THROTTLE AND BRAKE DEADZONE:
For this setting head back to calibration, and head down to THROTTLE AND BRAKE DEADZONE.
Once again test your TRIGGERS [R2,L2] if your input doesn’t comeback to 0 when you let go of them, your car wont behave properly. Increase Deadzone until your input comes back to 0.
THROTTLE AND BRAKE SATURATION:
Test your TRIGGERS [R2,L2] input, if your input reaches 100 when you pull your TRIGGERS [R2, L2] all the way, you’re good to go. If not increase Saturation until it does.
THROTTLE AND BRAKE LINEARITY:
Increasing this makes it easier to apply small amount of throttle and brakes.
We would recommend setting this at 50.
NOTE: This setting helps you if you’re driving without ABS or traction control.
VIBRATION AND FORCE FEEDBACK SETTINGS:
This setting helps you know what the tires are in contact with on the ground, which in turn allows to react faster and increases your performance.
Turn the Vibration and Force Feedback Strength to 150 for maximum feedback through your controller.
Now you will feel the LEFT TRIGGER [L2] vibrate when hit the brakes and feel the RIGHT TRIGGER [R2] vibrate when you rep off your throttle too much.
With the Vibration strength at max, we can move on to some finer adjustments.
Under the vibration strength setting you’ll find:
ON TRACK [ We recommend setting On Track vibrations stronger than the rest ]
RUMBLE STRIP [ Whatever the user finds best suited to them ]
OFF TRACK [ Whatever the user finds best suited to them ]
NOTE: XBOX Series X have vibrating TRIGGERS, while PS5’s HAPTIC TRIGGERS are even better. But most third party controllers don’t have vibrating TRIGGERS
THESE ARE SOME EXTRA SETTINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY:
Try unbinding the look around command from your RIGHT STICK, instead scroll all the way down to MFD shortcuts, now assign UP↑ and DOWN↓ to Differential settings and LEFT← and RIGHT→ to Break Bias.
This might come in handy while you drive with just a flick of your right stick .