F1 Manager 23 How To Manage a Full Race: The Complete Guide

F1 Manager 23 How To Manage a Full Race: The Complete Guide

With so much happening during a race, from nail-biting overtakes to the mysterious disappearance of your fuel, knowing what to look out for and how to manage a race in F1 Manager 23 is key. It’s a bit like trying to assemble IKEA furniture without the instructions – tricky, even intimidating, but not impossible with the right guidance!

In this guide, we’re going to run you through each part of an entire race in F1 Manager 23. We’ll show you the most important areas to keep an eye on (without needing four pairs of eyes), along with tips on how to manage your fuel (because running out mid-race is, well, embarrassing), tyres (no one likes a rubber meltdown), and ERS in F1 Manager 23.

And hey, don’t worry – unlike a real race, you can take this guide at your own pace. Ready to become a pit lane Picasso and race-day rockstar? Let’s dive in, and may your tyre changes be swifter than a coffee break at the office!

How to Manage a Full Race in F1 Manager 23
How to Manage a Full Race in F1 Manager 23

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F1 Manager 23 Tyre Management

Tyre management in F1 Manager 23 is an essential aspect that requires a deft touch, somewhat akin to finding the perfect balance in a gourmet recipe. The tyres are a vital element that can seriously affect the race outcome. So if you’ve ever thought of tyres as just rubber doughnuts, prepare for enlightenment.

Good tyre management can enhance your driver’s performance throughout a race. It can be the key to overtaking rivals through wise pit-stop decisions and strategic brilliance. Trust us, this isn’t just about burning rubber; it’s about burning the competition (lol aren’t we funny huh?)…

We’ll have a separate article on pre-race strategy, (don’t forget to check the Setup Guide for Practice and How to get 100% Driver Confidence) and focus on managing your tyres and tyre wear during the race. And don’t worry, you won’t need any pre-existing knowledge. 

F1 Manager 23 Tyre Management

What does attack mode do in F1 Manager 23?

Pace commands in F1 Manager 23 are like instructions to an orchestra, guiding the harmony between speed and wear. In simple terms, more aggressive commands lead to faster lap times but more tyre wear. On the flip side, conservative strategies preserve tyre life, extending their performance.

Here’s the rundown of the pace commands during a race:

      • Attack mode
        • High increase in tyre temperatures, wear, and pace; suitable for those daring moments.
      • Aggressive mode
        • Moderate increase in temperatures and wear, fast but controlled.
      • Standard mode
        • Neutral, maintaining a balance between wear and speed.
      • Light mode
        • Helps reduce temperatures and wear for a slower pace; it’s the thinking driver’s choice.
      • Conserve mode
        • Greatly reduces tyre wear; this is the marathon runner’s pace.

How to Monitor Tyre Wear and Temperatures in F1 Manager 23

You can view current tyre wear in the Pace Commands Window, which is accessed by clicking on the first icon, in the top tab of the driver management panel during any session. This open and will display the Tyre Management Graph, as well as Pace Commands to give the driver. 

To view tyre temperatures, click on the Car Info icon (the lowest of the four icons), and then click on Tyres, which is the left-most option. 

F1 Manager 23 Full Race Guide
How to Check Tyre Temperature in F1 Manager 23

Tyre Management Graph Explained

Monitoring tyre wear during a race will present you with a graph. Think of it as your driver’s performance EKG. Different color areas indicate expected tyre wear during each stint. There’s also a white line showing the actual tyre wear, tracing the path of the predicted course.

The relationship between the white line and the colored area can be your best friend or your most alarming wake-up call during the race.

If the white line is trending above the colored area, it means your driver is treating their tyres like treasured family heirlooms, wearing them slower than expected. In layman’s terms, your tyres are lasting longer, which could mean it’s time to crack the whip and push a bit harder. You might even postpone the next pit stop and push harder on a later stint. 

If the white line is trending below the colored area, it’s akin to burning through your monthly budget in the first week. Your tyres are wearing faster than they should, and unless you’re keen on risking a driver making a mistake, you might need to pit sooner for a fresh set.

Now, let’s talk about the horizontal bar that runs the length of the graph. This isn’t just a decorative touch; it’s the red alert area, the danger territory of tyre wear. If the white line wanders into this zone, the tyres risk puncturing or causing your driver to lose control due to low grip. Think of it as the high risk zone, and try to avoid this area unless you are desperate.

The vertical blue lines also indicate the optimal stop lap for race strategy, and indicate the best lap for your driver to come in to the pits.  To the left and right of this line, there is a paler blue area. This is the pit window, and allows you to pit slightly early or late if you need to, and still have the strategy work. 

The Key to Managing Tyre Wear Using Commands in F1 Manager 23

Tyre management is a key component of success in F1 Manager 23, and your decisions can have a significant impact on race performance. Essentially the headline points everyone should know are:

If Tyres are Wearing Slower

  • Increase the Driver’s Pace: This allows you to capitalize on the extra tyre life, improving lap times. Use Attack Mode, or Aggressive Mode to make up extra time. There is no benefit to pitting with tyres that have lots of life left!
  • Pit Later: Delaying your pit stop might align better with your race strategy, allowing you to push more in a later stint, or even run a different tyre. You may be able to run mediums instead of hards, or even softs instead of mediums. 

If Tyres are Wearing Faster

  • Reduce the Driver’s Pace: Slowing down can conserve the tyres, prolonging their life. Running tyres into the danger area below the horizontal line in the pace commands panel can put your driver at risk of making a mistake, or getting a puncture.
  • Pit Sooner: If you tyres are wearing quicker than expected, you may need to adjust your strategy and pit sooner. Consider using a harder compound tyre in your next stint if tyres are not lasting as long as expected. 

How Do Tyre Temperatures Effect Tyre Wear?

Tyre temperature is another essential factor in F1 Manager 23, influencing how quickly tyres wear. Before we look into how this impacts wear, it’s important to understand how changes occur. 

Increases in Tyre Temperature Can Occur From:

        • Driving more aggressively.
        • Following another car closely.
        • Using wet tyres on a dry track.
        • High track temperatures.
        • Softer tyre compounds

Decreases in Tyre Temperature Can Occur From:

        • Driving more conservatively.
        • Enjoying the benefit of clean air.
        • Cool track temperature (or rain)
        • Harder tyre compounds

Outcome of Tyre Temperature Changes:

  • Too Hot
    • Tyres wear faster and lose grip, impacting handling.
  • Too Cold
    • Lack of grip can lead to sliding, causing additional wear.
    • Reduced pace

Achieving the perfect tyre temperature will maximize grip and stabilize wear rate, enhancing your driver’s control and race performance. It’s also critical for race strategy that you manage temperatures effectively, if your tyres wear at an increased rate and you have to pit earlier than planned, you’ll likely have to extend a later stint and run into another wear issue later in the race. This type of knock-on effect can ruin an entire race, and the lost time can be difficult to recover.  

Fuel Management During a Race in F1 Manager 23

F1 Manager 23 Fuel Management
F1 Manager 23 Fuel Management

Managing fuel during a race is another vital aspect of F1 Manager 23. While not as complex as tyres, it’s crucial to get it right. Here’s a guide to help you navigate through:

Choosing How Much Fuel to Start a Race With:

        • Under Fueling: You can put in less fuel than required, forcing the driver to conserve fuel throughout the race. A strategy often used in real-world Formula 1. At street circuits, or circuits where safety cars are common, this is an especially useful strategy. 
        • Over Fueling: If you plan to drive more aggressively and use softer tyres, over-fueling may be a suitable approach.

Managing Fuel During a Race:

You can control your driver’s fuel levels with commands, just like the pace commands for tyres. These will mainly influence how the fuel is used:

        • Push Command: This decreases lap time and uses the most fuel per lap. A good option when you need speed.
        • Balanced Command: This maintains consistent lap times with average fuel usage. It’s a safe choice for many situations.
        • Conserve Command: This increases lap times but saves the most fuel per lap, ideal if you need to stretch your fuel to the end.

Monitoring Fuel Levels:

        • Green Number in the Fuel Tab: Indicates excess fuel, which is a good position to be in.
        • Red Number in the Fuel Tab: Means you’re running low and might not have enough to finish the race.

Goals and Strategies:

        • Keep the Fuel Number Positive and Green: This ensures a safe fuel buffer. If it goes red, you may need to act, but occasional red numbers can be part of a broader strategy, like overtaking.


  • Running Out of Fuel can Lead to DNF (Did Not Finish): This emphasizes the importance of managing fuel wisely.

By paying attention to these aspects, you can master fuel management in F1 Manager 23. Though it may seem less challenging compared to managing tyres, it still requires careful observation and strategic choices. A well-executed fuel management strategy can keep you competitive on the track and steer you clear of unfortunate mid-race surprises.

Running Out of Fuel in F1 Manager 23: A No-No!

So, you’ve pushed your car to the limit, forgot to pay attention, and now you’re out of fuel. What next?

Here’s what happens:

  • An Unplanned Stop: Your driver, rather inconveniently, halts on the track. Refuelling during a race is off-limits, so there’s no rescue coming. It’s time to wave goodbye to this session. You will not be able to resume the current session, whether that is Practice, Qualifying, or the Grand Prix. 

  • A Frustrating DNF (Did Not Finish): Yep, it’s the dreaded DNF. Your driver will not finish the race, and your hard work goes down the drain. Honestly this feels like the worst way to DNF. 

  • A Rookie Mistake?: It might feel like it, but even experienced players can fall into this trap in F1 Manager 22 and 23. The silver lining? You’re not alone in this. Been there more times than we’d like to admit. 

  • The Lesson Learned: Running out of fuel can be one of the most exasperating errors in the game, but it’s a potent reminder to manage your fuel wisely. Also, try to avoid taking Manual Control during Practice or Qualifying. 

In the grand scheme of things, it’s a setback and a somewhat embarrassing one. But it’s also a learning experience. The next time you find yourself tempted to push the fuel limits, remember this moment. Use it as motivation to plan better and keep your eye on that fuel gauge.

As they say, “To err is human; to learn from it, divine.” Bet you didn’t expect such deep thoughts from a gaming guide huh? Don’t worry, we’ll stop now. 

F1 Manager 23 How to Manage ERS

F1 Manager 23 ERS Management
F1 Manager 23 ERS Management

Managing ERS throughout a race in Fl Manager 23 can indeed be quite challenging, but it’s also what sets the winners apart. While tyres and fuel have a more straightforward relation to performance, ERS (Energy Recovery System) is where strategy really comes into play. Let’s break down what you need to know.

Different ERS Modes Explained

      1. Deploy: This mode burns 2 MJ per lap, allowing for more aggressive driving. It’s your go-to option when you need that extra burst of speed.
      2. Neutral: It’s like the cruise control of ERS modes. It neither gains nor loses MJ per lap, offering a balanced energy usage suitable for most race situations.
      3. Top-up: This is your battery’s best friend, storing a small amount of MJ per lap. It’s like putting spare change in a piggy bank for later use.
      4. Harvest: When you’re in no rush and want to store energy, the harvest mode stores 1 MJ per lap. The quickest way to refill the battery, with a more noticeable cost in pace. 

The Fl Manager 23 ERS management system has been revamped from previous versions. Gone are the days of having three different deploy modes such as overtake, defend, and deploy. Instead, Fl Manager 23 has streamlined this into a single deploy mode, adding an innovative feature called ERS Battle Assist.

How ERS Battle Assist Works

ERS Battle Assist in Fl Manager 23 lets you command your driver to use the deploy ERS mode strategically. With this option selected, your driver will try to use ERS in the most efficient way throughout the lap, depending on the situation:

      • Overtaking: Enable both the deploy ERS mode and the ERS Battle Assist to use ERS strategically for overtaking.
      • Defending: Similar to overtaking, this option allows your driver to defend their position using ERS more wisely.

This new approach in Fl Manager 23 simplifies the ERS deployment modes from the previous version and adds a layer of strategic depth to your gameplay. It makes ERS management more intuitive without compromising on the complexity that makes it so engaging.

Strategies for When to Use Different ERS Modes

      1. Deploy Mode for Fastest Laps: When you’re in clean air or aiming for a hot lap, enabling the deploy mode (while leaving ERS Battle Assist disabled) can give you the fastest lap times. Perfect for when you’re trying to undercut with a quick in-lap or out-lap.

      2. Neutral Mode for Stability: This mode is like the pilot setting for your ERS. It keeps the battery state stable, allowing ERS to recover throughout the lap. It’s a good everyday-type mode that you’ll likely use most often during a race.

      3. Harvest Mode for Overtake Preparation: When you’re stuck behind another car and looking to charge your ERS, the harvest mode helps actively charge the battery without using ERS. It’s your go-to mode for storing energy for a future overtake. Useful if you are stuck in traffic, or sometimes we use it a the end of a stint while pushing extra on the tyres to balance out the pace deficit. 

Understanding Deploying vs Harvesting ERS Battery:

The real depth in Fl Manager 23’s ERS management comes from understanding how quickly the battery is depleted and refilled. Here’s a quick guide:

        • Deploy Mode: Drains battery by -2MJ per lap, taking about 1-2 laps to drain fully.
        • Neutral Mode: Keeps battery relatively stable.
        • Harvest Mode: Recovers 1MJ per lap. Good for charging, but it takes around 4 laps to fully recover a depleted battery.
        • Top-Up Mode: Recovers a tiny bit of ERS without much slowing down, a handy option when you need a little extra boost without the slower pace of using harvest mode.

Remember, draining your battery might give you that burst of speed, but recovering it can be a slow process. And during that recovery time, you’re at risk of being overtaken.

Planning Your ERS Strategy:

      • Track Planning: Understand the track and where you’ll need the most energy. Deploy strategically and plan your harvest laps accordingly.
      • Monitor Other Cars: If you’re in traffic, use the top-up mode to recover small bits of battery without losing much speed. Plan your harvesting laps when you’re not under immediate threat from other drivers.

When to Pit in F1 Manager 23

Before the race, you will have the option to select your own pit stop strategy. The game will usually 

Key Factors Influencing Pit Stop Timing:

        1. Safety Car Deployment: If a safety car comes out, it is usually a great opportunity to pit without losing much time. Because other cars are driving much slower behind the safety car, anyone that pits will lose less time relative to those on track. Often this can make a 25 second pit stop only have a 10 second loss. If you don’t pit you risk your rivals stopping and gaining time on you. 

        2. Weather Changes: A sudden start of rain requires a quick decision to change to appropriate tyres, demanding an unscheduled pit stop.

        3. Traffic Situations: If you’re stuck in traffic, pitting might free you from congestion and allow you to exploit fresher tyres, and drive in clean air to make up time. Be aware of consequences later in the race. 

        4. Unexpected Tyre Wear: Should your tyre wear be significantly different from what was planned, you may need to adjust your pit stop timing accordingly.

        5. Strategic Overtaking (Undercut/Overcut): Pitting a lap earlier (undercut) or later (overcut) than a competitor can be a strategic move to gain position. The undercut is particularly powerful in F1, and works by stopping a lap or two before your opponent. This means you get on faster tyres sooner, and then when your opponent pits on the next lap, the time you have made up by using newer tyres will hopefully mean you end up ahead. The overcut works the opposite way. 

The Importance of Tyre Life:

Beyond these factors, tyre life plays a vital role in deciding when to pit. You’ll be actively monitoring tyre wear, and the ideal moment to make a pit stop is just before the tyre wear reaches the white bar on the graph, representing around 30% of the remaining tyre life.

Tips for Successful Pit Stop Strategy:

        • Pre-Race Planning: Starting with a strong strategy based on the expected tyre wear, track conditions, and competition is crucial. Be prepared to adjust as the race unfolds.

        • Adaptation: Fl Manager 23 races are dynamic, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances can make or break your race. Always be ready to revise your pit strategy in response to events on track.

        • Understanding Tyre Performance: Each type of tyre has different wear characteristics. Understanding these, along with the track’s impact on tyres, will help you make the best pit stop decisions.

        • Use of Team Radio and Data: Regular communication with your driver and constant monitoring of data will give you insights into when is the best time to pit.

        • Consider the Competition: Your rivals’ strategies will influence your own. Be mindful of what others are doing, and be prepared to counter their moves with your own strategic decisions.

What is a Pit Window?

In Fl Manager 23, you’ll receive a timely reminder from your race engineer about when you’re approaching the pit window. This window is a range of laps during which your planned pit stop should occur.

        • Flexibility in the Pit Window: Depending on your tyre wear, you can either pit earlier or later than planned. It’s even possible to skip your planned pit window if your tyres are holding up well.

Pitting Under a Safety Car

This can be a masterstroke if the timing aligns with your strategy.

      • Timing with Safety Car: If a safety car comes out close to your pit window, it may be wise to pit, as all cars are slowed, minimizing the time loss during the stop. Occasionally teams will delay their pit window in the hope of waiting for a safety.

      • Avoiding Early Pitting: However, if the safety car comes out just after you’ve pitted, it might not be beneficial to pit again, as you’ll lose the advantage of fresh tyres.

Undercutting and Overcutting Pit Strategies

These two opposing strategies can be a powerful tool for overtaking on track.

      • Undercutting: Pitting earlier than the rival puts you on fresher tyres, allowing you to gain time while they’re still out on worn rubber. This is great if you’re stuck behind a slower car, or even a similarly paced rival. 

      • Overcutting: Staying out longer than a rival who pits earlier can work if pitting would drop you into slower traffic. The clean track allows you to gain time, and your tyres will be fresher when you do pit.

Final Thoughts on Pit Strategy

Managing pit stops involves more than merely following a pre-planned schedule. Reacting to safety car situations, understanding your tyre wear, and using undercutting or overcutting strategies can give you significant advantages.

  • Track Your Tyre Performance: Keep a close eye on how your tyres are degrading to make informed decisions on pit timing.

  • Use Safety Car to Your Advantage: If a safety car comes out near your pit window, it might provide an unexpected opportunity to gain time.

  • Choose the Right Strategy – Undercut or Overcut: The choice between undercutting and overcutting depends on your race situation, including the performance of your tyres and the traffic around you.

  • Learn from Experience: As you continue to race in Fl Manager 23, you’ll develop a feel for when these different strategies are most effective.

Mastering these various pit strategies can make the difference between winning and losing in Fl Manager 23. It’s all about flexibility, adaptability, and making the right calls at the right time. Happy racing!


Managing a race in Fl Manager 23 is a multifaceted challenge that requires understanding various game mechanics and strategies. From fuel and tyre management to ERS deployment and pit stop strategies, the game offers a detailed and immersive experience. Here’s a summary of key insights and strategies:

  1. Understand and Manage ERS: Learn how to balance the different ERS modes, including Deploy, Neutral, Top-up, and Harvest. Each mode has its own uses and can impact your race pace differently.

  2. Monitor Your Tyre Wear: Actively manage your tyre wear and find the ideal time to pit, considering factors like safety cars and changing weather conditions.

  3. Use Pit Strategies: Utilize your pit window effectively and use undercutting and overcutting to gain advantages over rivals. Respond dynamically to safety cars and race situations.

  4. Pause and Think: If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about your next move, don’t hesitate to pause the game and consider your options. A calculated decision can make a significant difference.

  5. Practice with Race Replays: Use the new race replay feature to practice individual race events and test different strategies. This hands-on experience can be invaluable.

  6. Utilize Available Resources: Consult our strategy guides and tutorials to deepen your understanding of the game’s mechanics and strategies. Continuous learning and adaptation can lead to consistent success.

Remember, Fl Manager 23 offers a complex but rewarding racing management experience. With practice, attention to detail, and a willingness to experiment, you can refine your strategies and enjoy the thrill of managing a successful racing team.

F1 Manager 23 Setup Guide

Our F1 Manager 23 Setup is here! This years game is a good step forward from last years game, and there are some new details to learn. We are going to run through a quick intro into how to create the perfect car setup. 

Remember, the game’s dynamics might evolve, so stay engaged, and be ready to adapt as you strive to ascend the leaderboards in F1 Manager 23. Keep an eye on this space, as we’ll be regularly updating with insights, strategies, and the latest tweaks to keep you at the pinnacle of performance. Happy racing!

How to get a perfect setup in F1 Manager 23
How to get a perfect setup in F1 Manager 23

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F1 Manager 23 Setup Guide

Are car setups in F1 23?

Yes! Car setups are definitely part of F1 Manager 23, and are crucial to maximize your drivers’ speed and performance throughout the race and qualifying sessions. 

In the dynamic and strategic world of F1 Manager 23, the art of car setup transcends mere adjustments and fine-tuning; it becomes a pivotal component in extracting the maximum potential from your drivers. Unlike F1 23, where setups focus primarily on speed and handling, F1 Manager 23 requires a unique approach that harmonizes the drivers’ preferences with the mechanical aspects of the car. This synergy leads to quicker and more consistent performance during both race and qualifying sessions.

This guide is designed to lead you through the crucial steps of understanding and optimizing car setups in F1 Manager 23. From practice sessions to achieving 100% setup satisfaction, we will cover every essential aspect.

Understanding Car Setups in F1 Manager 23

1. Importance of Car Setups:

Understanding the intricacies of car setup is pivotal in F1 Manager 23. Mastering this aspect translates into significant advantages on the track:

      • Quicker Driving: Through precise adjustments, car setup bolsters various performance facets, including acceleration, top speed, and cornering capability. The right balance unleashes your car’s potential, providing an edge over opponents.
      • Consistent Performance: A setup tailored to your drivers’ preferences and the track’s characteristics leads to smoother driving and a reduction in wear and tear. Consistency is key to success, and a well-configured car maintains peak performance throughout the race.
      • Driver Satisfaction: The synergy between the driver and the car is essential. A perfect balance in the setup can achieve 100% driver satisfaction, a vital element in maximizing their confidence and overall output.

2. Practice Sessions:

The practice sessions in F1 Manager 23 are not merely preliminary laps. They serve a strategic purpose:

      • Testing Ground: Practice sessions are the laboratory of the race weekend. It’s an opportunity to tinker, experiment with different setups, and gauge their real-world impact. Each adjustment reveals its influence on the car’s handling and performance, allowing for informed decisions.
      • Feedback Loop: Collaboration with your drivers is key. Engaging in a constant dialogue and interpreting their feedback empowers you to align the car’s setup with their individual driving styles. This symbiosis translates into a more harmonized and effective configuration.

In summary, the subtleties of car setup and effective utilization of practice sessions can elevate your performance in F1 Manager 23. These dimensions, though complex, offer a rich tactical depth. They invite a thoughtful approach where understanding, adaptation, and precision can yield rewards. Follow this guide as a roadmap to success, and the podium might just become a familiar destination. 

Utilize practice sessions for maximum benefit when setting up your car in F1 Manager 23.

Steps to Achieve 100% Setup Satisfaction

1. Analyze Driver Preferences:

      • Evaluate each driver’s specific needs regarding aerodynamics, suspension, transmission, and more.
      • Adjust individual settings to match these preferences without sacrificing the overall balance of the car.

2. Utilize Practice Sessions:

      • Employ real-time feedback from practice runs to refine the setup.
      • Experiment with different configurations to find the optimal balance.

3. Monitor and Adjust During Race Weekends:

      • Continually observe your drivers’ performance and their feedback during race weekends.
      • Make necessary adjustments to ensure consistent performance and maximize satisfaction.

4. Repeat and Refine:

      • Recognize that each track and condition may require unique adjustments.
      • Continually iterate and refine your approach to maintain peak performance throughout the season.

How Car Setups Work in F1 Manager 23

In F1 Manager 23, car setups continue to be an integral part of the game, mirroring the mechanics introduced in the previous year’s installment. These adjustments are more than just tinkering with the car’s hardware; they’re about creating a harmony between the car’s performance characteristics and the driver’s confidence on the track.

In F1 Manager 23, the intricacy of car setups is manifested in five specific areas. Here’s a closer look at each:

1. Front Wing Angle:

      • Adjustment Range: The front wing’s angle can be fine-tuned to influence downforce.
      • Impact: Affects the car’s grip on the track, particularly in corners. A steeper angle increases downforce, providing more grip but possibly reducing top speed. Changing this setting impacts the Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction, and Straights satisfaction level. 
      • Driver Confidence: Properly aligning the front wing angle with a driver’s style can enhance their confidence, allowing for more aggressive driving.

2. Rear Wing Angle:

      • Adjustment Range: Like the front wing, the rear wing’s angle can be adjusted.
      • Impact: Influences Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction, and Straights satisfaction level. 
      •  A higher angle adds downforce but may sacrifice speed on straights.
      • Driver Confidence: Tailoring the rear wing to a driver’s liking can improve their feel and control of the car, leading to more consistent lap times.

3. Anti-Roll Distribution:

      • Adjustment Range: Balancing the stiffness between the front and rear anti-roll bars.
      • Impact: Helps control body roll in corners. Changes here affect how the car feels during fast direction changes. Adjusting this setting changes the Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, and Traction satisfaction level. 
      • Driver Confidence: Finding the right balance can make the car more responsive and predictable for the driver, building confidence.

4. Tyre Camber:

      • Adjustment Range: The angle of the tires relative to the road can be altered.
      • Impact: Affects Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, and Traction satisfaction level.  More negative camber may provide better cornering but increase wear.
      • Driver Confidence: A setup that suits the driver can lead to better control and less tire-related anxiety during a race.

5. Toe-Out:

      • Adjustment Range: The tires’ angle relative to the car’s centerline can be tweaked.
      • Impact: Influences stability and Cornering only. Toe-out can make the car more responsive but potentially less stable at high speed.
      • Driver Confidence: Adjusting to a driver’s preference can improve their handling of the car, translating to quicker reactions and more aggressive
Adjusting the five areas on the left will impact driver satisfaction in the areas on the right.
Adjusting the five areas on the left will impact driver satisfaction in the areas on the right.

What is Driver Setup Satisfaction in F1 Manager 23?

Driver setup satisfaction is a crucial concept in F1 Manager 23, reflecting the harmony between the car’s setup and a driver’s preferences and comfort level. Unlike mere mechanical adjustments, this aspect captures the intricate relationship between machine and man, influencing how a driver performs on the track.

On the setup screen in F1 Manager 23, you’ll notice five additional blue bars located in the middle. These bars are a visual representation of your driver’s setup satisfaction. Here’s an exploration of what each bar signifies:

1. Oversteer:

      • Description: Oversteer satisfaction relates to how the car responds when turning sharply.
      • Impact: Tailoring the oversteer characteristics to a driver’s liking affects their ability to navigate tight corners and can lead to quicker lap times.
      • Management: Finding the right balance requires considering factors like front and rear wing angles and tire setup.

2. Braking Stability:

      • Description: This satisfaction bar measures how comfortable the driver is with the car’s stability during braking.
      • Impact: Proper braking stability helps in controlled deceleration and enhances the ability to enter corners at optimal speeds.
      • Management: Brake bias and pressure settings play a critical role here, allowing customization to each driver’s preference.

3. Cornering:

      • Description: Cornering satisfaction represents how well the car’s setup aligns with the driver’s expectations in navigating turns.
      • Impact: A high satisfaction level in cornering leads to more confident and efficient turns, contributing to overall race performance.
      • Management: Suspension setup and aerodynamic adjustments significantly influence cornering characteristics.

4. Traction:

      • Description: Traction satisfaction assesses how well the car’s power is transferred to the track, particularly when accelerating out of corners.
      • Impact: Improved traction allows for quicker acceleration and less risk of losing control, enabling more aggressive driving.
      • Management: Transmission and differential settings can be tuned to optimize traction to the driver’s liking.

5. Straights:

      • Description: Straights satisfaction measures how comfortable and confident the driver feels when driving on straight sections of the track.
      • Impact: A high satisfaction level here can lead to higher top speeds and more effective overtaking.
      • Management: Aerodynamic efficiency, particularly wing angles, plays a vital role in optimizing performance on straights.

Understanding Car Setup and Driver Satisfaction in F1 Manager 23

When working with car setups in F1 Manager 23, it’s vital to recognize that the car setup on the left panel is not specifically tied to the track. Unlike real-world racing strategies where you might adapt aerodynamics for high-speed tracks like Monza or Spa-Francorchamps, the game focuses more on alignment with the driver’s preferences.

How Car Setup Affects Driver Satisfaction:

1. Adjusting Car Setup:

      • Action: On the left panel, you have options to tweak various setup parameters like front wing angle, rear wing angle, etc.
      • Goal: Your aim is to align the white bars in the middle of the screen inside the blue bar range, representing driver satisfaction.
      • Non-dependency: The adjustments are not track-dependent but focused on maintaining the white bars within the blue range.

2. Monitoring White and Blue Bars:

      • White Bar Movement: While altering the car setup, the white bar on the right-hand side of the screen moves. Different setup changes influence various elements in the setup satisfaction screen.
      • Blue Bar Shrinking: During practice sessions, the blue bars will reduce in size as more runs are completed. This increases the challenge of keeping the white bars within the blue bars.

3. Driver Feedback and Percentages:

      • Feedback: Next to each area of car setup, drivers provide feedback that ranges from bad to good, great, and optimal.
      • Percentage Indicator: Below the feedback, a percentage reveals how close you are to achieving a perfect 100% car setup.
      • Continuous Feedback Loop: As drivers complete longer stints on the track, the comments and the blue bars’ size change, guiding you closer to the optimal setup.

Do you need Car Setups in F1 Manager 23?

In F1 Manager 23, car setups are not just a matter of adjusting your vehicle’s performance; they are integral to enhancing your driver’s preparation and confidence throughout the race weekend. Here’s how it works:

Driver Preparation:

  • What Is It? Driver preparation is a percentage-based indicator, ranging from 0 to 100%, that becomes apparent during practice sessions.
  • How to Increase It? You can boost driver preparation by enhancing your driver’s familiarity with the track (track acclimatisation), increasing understanding of car parts, and, most importantly, fine-tuning car setup satisfaction.

Driver Confidence:

  • Connection to Preparation: When you transition to qualifying and the actual race, the driver preparation converts into driver confidence.
  • Importance of Confidence: The level of confidence directly influences your driver’s performance. A more confident driver is more likely to succeed in both qualifying and the race.

Impact of Car Setup Satisfaction:

  • A Major Influence: Among the different factors that affect driver preparation, car setup satisfaction stands out as one of the most significant.
  • Getting Closer to 100%: By achieving optimal car setup satisfaction, you approach the pinnacle of driver preparation (100%) during practice sessions.
  • Improving Race Performance: This increased preparation subsequently boosts driver confidence, leading to better race performance.


Car setups in F1 Manager 23 are a pivotal element that extends beyond mere mechanical adjustments. It plays a crucial role in your overall strategy, influencing both the practice sessions and the main event. A well-tuned car setup not only improves your vehicle’s performance but also elevates your driver’s preparation and confidence. This synergy leads to a stronger qualifying performance and race results.

Hence, mastering the art of car setup is not just a technical endeavor but a strategic advantage. Understanding and perfecting this aspect of the game is essential for achieving success in F1 Manager 23. Don’t underestimate the power of car setup satisfaction; it might be the difference between standing on the podium and finishing outside the points. Focus on your drivers’ satisfaction, and they will reward you on the track!

F1 Manager 23 Car Setup Guide: How to achieve a Perfect Setup

First, let’s break down the importance of car setups in F1 Manager 23 and the specific approach to attain complete setup satisfaction:

      • Understanding the Importance: Car setups in F1 Manager 23 are crucial elements that directly impact performance. Achieving 100% setup satisfaction enhances the efficiency and competitiveness of the vehicle.

      • Starting with Practice Sessions: The journey to perfect satisfaction begins with the very first practice session. It is advised to actively engage in all three practice sessions to reach 100% setup satisfaction.

      • Avoiding Shortcuts: While it’s possible to simulate or skip these practice sessions, doing so might impede reaching complete satisfaction. Such shortcuts might bring some improvement, but the likelihood of getting close to 100% is low.

      • Emphasizing Hands-On Engagement: For maximum gains, participate actively in each practice session. This hands-on approach ensures that every aspect is fine-tuned and tailored to perfection.

In essence, F1 Manager 23 car setups are not just numerical values but an intricate process that requires attention, strategy, and deliberate actions. By fully engaging in the practice sessions and following these guidelines, you can guide your team to victory with the optimal car setup.


Step 1: How to begin

      • Beginning of Session: As you start the first practice session, you’ll notice the blue bars are quite wide.
      • Aligning White Bars: Your primary task for this initial run is straightforward. Simply ensure that the white bars align within the blue range, aiming for a rough placement in the middle.

This initial step forms the foundation of your setup process in F1 Manager 23. By placing the white bars within the blue range, you start the alignment that will be fine-tuned throughout the practice sessions. It’s a crucial beginning to creating a car setup that contributes to optimal driver satisfaction and race performance.

The initial setup screen.
The initial setup screen.

Step 2: Execute the First Practice Run

      • Adjust The Car Setup: Begin by making sure the white bars are in alignment with the blue range. Once properly aligned, you are ready to move on.
      • Tyre Selection: Navigate to the tyre compound window and opt for hard tyres. This is an essential decision for the first practice run.
      • Plan a 20-Lap Run: Set your run plan to approximately 20 laps. Aiming for at least 20 laps on your first run is key as the longer runs expedite track acclimatization.
      • Give Time for Setup Feedback: Providing ample time for the driver to furnish all 5 feedback points on the setup is crucial. If the feedback is incomplete, it can hamper the optimization process.
      • Monitor the Feedback Progress: Keep an eye on the comments icon on the practice goals screen. It will incrementally increase from 0/5, representing the feedback on the setup.
      • Look for the Blue Icon: When the feedback reaches 5/5, a blue icon will appear, signaling that all setup goals are met and 20 laps are completed.
      • Pit Stop: Once the setup goals are achieved, bring your driver back into the pits to make the necessary tweaks to your car setup.

This second step represents a more hands-on approach, actively monitoring and engaging with your driver’s performance and feedback. 

Step 2: Execute the First Practice Run
Step 2: Execute the First Practice Run

Step 3: Make Some Changes

      • Back in the Pits: As your driver returns to the pits, tap the reconfigure button to access the car setup screen, observing the blue bars’ reduction in the setup satisfaction display.
      • Absorbing Feedback: Analyze the feedback on the car’s bias in different areas. Whether positive or negative, this feedback indicates the proximity of the white bar to the perfect setup, with optimal alignment being the ultimate goal.
      • Tweaking the Setup: If white bars slip outside the blue range, readjust so all five white bars reposition within the blue scope. If already in the blue range, make slight variations that differ from the previous setup, assisting us in discerning which way to go with future adjustments.
      • Markers’ Guidance: Notice two blue markers signifying the best setup to date, along with white markers above and below the bar. While their full relevance becomes apparent after the second practice run, essentially, blue markers represent the optimal setup thus far, and white markers reflect the previous configuration.

By carefully making these modifications, you’re working towards achieving 100% setup satisfaction. These minute adjustments are integral in optimizing the car’s performance and ensuring that it’s perfectly tailored to both the driver’s style and the specific demands of the track. In this step, mastery over the white and blue markers can give you an edge in narrowing down the most effective setup, laying the groundwork for the subsequent practice run.

Step 3: Make Some Changes
Step 3: Make Some Changes

Step 4: Launch the Second Practice Run

      • Tweak Car Setup: After making the necessary adjustments from the first run, you’re ready to proceed with the second practice run.
      • Select Tyres: Re-evaluate your hard tyres. If they’re in good condition, they can be reused. If not, choose a fresh set to ensure optimal performance.
      • Repeat the 20-Lap Run Plan: Like the first practice, establish a run plan for 20 laps. However, this time, the run may not need to last the full 20 laps.
      • Monitor the Setup Feedback: Watch closely for the driver’s setup feedback. Once all 5 comments are received and the icon turns blue, the driver has provided complete feedback.
      • Return to the Pits: As soon as the setup feedback is complete, call your driver back into the pits, even if 20 laps are not yet reached.

The fourth step emphasizes continued refinement and adaptation. While repeating some of the first practice’s elements, it’s vital to respond to the feedback and monitor the equipment’s condition. This step brings you closer to honing in on the perfect setup, balancing precision adjustments with real-time responsiveness to your driver’s feedback.

Step 5: Refine and Narrow Down the Setup

  • Evaluate the Second Run: After completing the second practice run, your drivers will return to the pits. Notice that the blue bars on the setup satisfaction screen have shrunk, and some white bars might have moved out of the blue range.
  • Analyze and Compare Markers: With two practice runs completed, it’s time to dive deeper into the car setup. Focus on the “previous” and “best” markers. The white markers show your most recent setup adjustment, while the blue ones indicate the most accurate setup so far.
  • Determine the Direction of Adjustment: Use the comparison between the best and previous markers to decide the next move. If the best marker is to the left of your previous guess, you’ll need to adjust the setup in that direction, discarding any possibility on the right side.
  • Make Targeted Adjustments: Based on this analysis, tweak the car setup accordingly. Move the white bar in the desired direction, closer to the optimal setup point.

Step 5 is about precise calibration, leveraging insights from previous runs and the real-time information provided during the current session. Utilizing the visual cues from the markers, you can now make more targeted adjustments to zero in on the perfect car setup, approaching it incrementally and analytically.

When dealing with car setup feedback, there are two distinct scenarios to consider:

  1. Fixing Bad Feedback: If feedback is poor and the white bar falls out of the blue range, a significant adjustment to the car setup might be required. In this situation, one can move the white bar quite assertively towards the opposite side of the blue bar, knowing that the previous setup attempt wasn’t near the optimal configuration. This drastic measure can help swiftly pinpoint the correct direction for the setup during the third practice run.

  2. Refining Great Feedback: Conversely, if the feedback is positive or excellent, it’s a sign that the perfect setup is within reach of the previous attempt. Therefore, there’s no need to substantially shift the white bar to find the optimal position. Good feedback signals that you’re near the target, while great feedback indicates you’re very close, necessitating only minor, nuanced adjustments.

Step 5: Refine and Narrow Down the Setup
Step 5: Refine and Narrow Down the Setup

Step 6: Third Practice Run and Final Adjustments

After reevaluating and adjusting the setup bars to your satisfaction, it’s time to send your drivers back onto the track for another 20-lap stint. During this phase, it is crucial to promptly call them in once you’ve received all 5/5 setup comments.

Prior to this run, make sure you’ve fine-tuned each aspect of the car setup, keeping in mind the feedback received earlier. For great feedback, only minor adjustments will be necessary, whereas negative feedback will require more drastic changes. In all cases, the goal remains the same: to ensure that the white bars are situated within the blue range. This final run is a culmination of the previous stages, where precise alignment with the feedback ensures a well-calibrated vehicle, primed to perform at its best.

With three practice runs completed, the window for optimal setup narrows, and the blue bars will be considerably smaller. You might have reached a generally favorable setup by now, but if not, there’s no need to worry.

Remember you have three practice sessions at your disposal, which means ample opportunity to meticulously refine your car setup. In some instances, exhausting all three sessions and several runs might be necessary to achieve the perfect configuration.

After your third practice run, the emphasis shifts to smaller, more refined tweaks. Keep an eye on the blue and white markers, which symbolize your best and previous setup attempts. These bars will guide you towards the optimal setup direction. For example, if your previous attempt was left of the best marker and only received good or negative feedback, you’ll know to shift the setup to the right of that marker.

Remembering feedback from previous runs is vital. If feedback deteriorates from great to good or bad, it signals that you’ve taken a wrong turn with the setup. You must then realign your configuration towards or even past the best marker.

As you get closer to perfection, focus on minor adjustments. When multiple aspects of your car setup satisfaction are in the optimal range, be delicate with your tweaks. Concentrate on areas that are not yet optimal, avoiding unnecessary changes to the already perfect zones.

Certain changes, like adjustments to your front wing, toe-out, and tire camber, should be considered first, as they affect the setup in smaller increments. On the contrary, it’s generally advisable to avoid altering the rear wing, which would result in more drastic changes.

The culmination of this step is a delicate dance of adjustments, fine-tuning each area of the car setup to ensure each bar is placed precisely where it needs to be. The process is iterative and requires attention to detail, but the result should be a car with the perfect setup.

Step 6: Third Practice Run and Final Adjustments

How do adjustments affect car setup in F1 Manager 23?

As you dive deeper into refining your car’s configuration, the challenge lies in maintaining the optimal range across multiple areas, balancing the delicate interplay between components.

During this stage, the focus on achieving all white bars in the blue range becomes paramount. The complexity arises when adjustments to one area inadvertently affect others. You may find yourself in a situation where an optimal setting for braking stability is offset by changes to other parts of the setup. When this occurs, further fine-tuning is needed to regain the balance.

The process may appear daunting, but understanding how each tweak affects the overall setup can make the task more manageable. Below is an exhaustive breakdown of key adjustments:

      • Front Wing Angle: Influences Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction, Straights.
      • Rear Wing Angle: Affects Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction, Straights.
      • Anti-Roll Distribution: Modulates Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction.
      • Tyre Camber: Impacts Oversteer, Braking Stability, Cornering, Traction.
      • Toe-Out: Specifically Affects Braking Stability, Cornering.

A strategic approach to setup involves initiating with the front and rear wings, as these two aspects uniquely impact the straights part of the setup. By carefully adjusting both, you can attain the required straights satisfaction, subsequently moving on to other areas with the assurance that your straights configuration will remain constant.

It is noteworthy that the rear wing angle has a more pronounced effect on your setup, allowing for significant adjustments across various elements. Conversely, the toe-out, affecting only braking stability and cornering, is generally reserved for last, serving as a tool for precise refinements.

As F1 Manager 23 offers an intricate and dynamic setup environment, the insights provided here should serve as a foundational guide. By adhering to these principles and continually adapting to your unique driving style and race conditions, you’ll find yourself well-equipped to conquer the competitive landscape of F1 Manager 23.

Achieving Optimal Performance in F1 Manager 23: The Path to Perfection

Perfection in car setup is a dynamic challenge that requires continuous tweaking and attention to detail. The path to optimal configuration for both drivers across the three practice sessions in F1 Manager 23 can be intricate. Sometimes fortune smiles, and a near-perfect setup falls into place early. Other times, it demands rigorous effort, adjustment, and patience.

By adhering to the strategies outlined above and maintaining a keen eye on previous and best markers, you’ll methodically inch closer to the optimal car setup. The reward is a driver brimming with confidence, poised to conquer the race weekend with a finely-tuned machine.

Even if you manage to reach 100% car setup satisfaction before practice 3, it is still wise to continue the journey through the remaining practice sessions. The reason behind this is multifaceted:

  • Track Acclimatisation: More practice equates to better familiarity with the circuit, improving your driver’s adaptability and performance.
  • Car Parts Knowledge: Further practice enhances the understanding of individual components, contributing to a more precise and effective setup.
  • Driver’s Confidence: Increased track time reinforces your driver’s confidence, a crucial element for success in high-stakes racing scenarios.

The pursuit of perfection in F1 Manager 23 is a rewarding endeavor, but it is not without its challenges.

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