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

Table of Contents

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.

Remember:

  • 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!

Conclusion

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 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.

Remember:

  • 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!

Conclusion

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.

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