8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

Hello Top Driver!

If you race in F1, read this post because you’ll discover the myths that are harming your driving experience.

Every driver wants to climb the leaderboards, reach the podium, or simply achieve their personal goals.

But reality can be frustrating: many find themselves stuck, unable to shave off that second or two per lap from the leaders, struggling to win a race, trapped in a cycle of disappointment and frustration.

Being fast on F1 is no easy feat.

So... is it just a matter of talent?

The main issue isn't whether a driver is naturally untalented or not.

Contrary to popular belief, the gap between top drivers and those behind isn't due to innate abilities.

The real barrier is the lack of specific knowledge and skills, which are crucial in both Motorsport and SimRacing.

This is where we at ADT step in.

Our mission is to improve the SimRacing world by providing high-quality training, knowledge, and skills.

This article will be no different, as it will give you a starting point for your growth in the simulators you race in.

Plus, this article will be followed by a second part, where we'll discuss the areas you need to focus on to get faster on the track.

In particular, you'll discover:

  • The 8 most common myths to eliminate
  • The 8 key areas you need to concentrate on to significantly improve your performance (IN THE NEXT ARTICLE)

You'll have a treasure trove of information that will enable you to make a big leap in quality on the track.

Since there are numerous points to cover, let's dive right in!

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 23

1. F1 is just a game

To excel in F1, it's not enough to simply "press a couple of pedals and maneuver a steering wheel or click a few buttons".

Actually, a much more sophisticated and structured approach is required.

F1 23 falls into the category of "SimCade", a term that merges simulation and arcade, offering an experience that is both realistic and accessible.

This means that while the game is very playable and suits beginners, it simultaneously offers a level of realism that satisfies even the most experienced and passionate simulation racers.

Over the years, the level of simulation has grown exponentially, and although it's not on the level of advanced simulators like Assetto Corsa and iRacing (and perhaps never will be, since it's "mass-market"), F1 requires significant commitment.

To excel in this Sim-Cade, you must invest time, dedication, and practice.

You need to bet on yourself and your (most likely untapped) potential on the track.

Don't be fooled by those who consider it merely a game; they have no idea what it means to go fast.

Simulators offer a simulation experience that tests every driver's skills and strategy, standing in stark contrast to the typical arcade game found in an arcade cabinet.

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

2. You can still go fast with all aids on

Relying on aids is certainly useful at first, to get acquainted with the game and understand a bit how to drive on track.

But at some point, your performance will plateau.

That's when you need to start making driving aids less intrusive or eliminate some, like the racing line.

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) helps avoid wheel lock-up but should be turned off.

ABS limits the directionality of your single-seater entering a corner, making it lazy and reluctant to attack the apexes.

Removing it may take time to get used to, but it is essential for improving lap times.

Traction Control (TC) helps in the traction phase to prevent tire slippage and a subsequent loss of vehicle control by limiting the power that can be delivered by the engine, and for this reason, it should also be turned off.

In conclusion, driving assists can be useful for beginners, but to become a Top Driver, it is necessary to learn to drive without relying on these aids.

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

3. Setup is Everything

"Sure, he has the good setup, try giving him a default setup and let's see what he does..."

Many drivers fixate on the setup as if it's the only factor determining performance. 

This belief is completely false!

The truth is, without solid driving skills, even the best setup in the world won't get you far.

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 Game

4. Setup Doesn't Matter at All!

At the same time, don’t fall into the opposite error.

The setup does matter and plays a crucial role in your performance.

Forget about default setups and don’t think you can use the same setup on multiple tracks.

Each track has its peculiarities and requires a tailored setup.

Ignoring this truth is like trying to run a marathon in mountain climbing shoes and vice versa.

5. An Expensive Steering Wheel is the Key to Success

This is a MUST.

How many times have we heard drivers say: "Yeah, but if he's that fast it's thanks to the Fanatec he has... He spent thousands of euros on the wheel, with that we’d all be good drivers!"

A high-end wheel can certainly enhance the driving experience, but it’s not a guaranteed ticket to success.

No peripheral will teach you how to brake correctly, take a corner, overtake an opponent, manage starts, drive in the rain, or optimize traction.

It won’t show you the ideal racing line, prepare setups for you, manage tires, or race strategies.

It's like being behind the wheel of a Ferrari without ever having learned to drive: you might crash before you even start.

So, a wheel doesn’t automatically make you faster.

In fact, if you’re a beginner, a top-of-the-line wheel can even be a disadvantage due to its complexity.

The mechanisms of these wheels are sophisticated tools that require particular skills and understanding to exploit to the fullest.

There are numerous drivers who, despite using Fanatec wheels, are 2-3 seconds off the pace of the pros.

Before thinking about hardware, focus your attention and investment on developing driving skills.

Remember, the true key to going fast on F1 is DRIVING TECHNIQUES.

6. Talent is EVERYTHING

Certainly, natural talent can be a small advantage, but as mentioned earlier, it’s not decisive!

"Saying I'm slow because I'm naturally untalented" is not an acceptable excuse.

Anyone, with commitment and dedication, can aspire to better results.

With the right mindset and training method, even those who aren't "naturally fast" can achieve impressive results.

In fact, without a clear training method and serious commitment, even those who are "naturally fast" will end up at the back of the pack.

7. Many Hours of Practice = Guaranteed Improvement!

Many drivers spend hours on the track, but without a targeted and structured approach, this practice may not translate into tangible improvements.

The key is to focus on the quality rather than the quantity of practice.

Lapping the track without a specific goal or method will never lead to significant improvements, no matter how many hours you spend behind the wheel.

In this situation, you’d be like a hamster running on a wheel, without any destination.

8. You Don't Need to Work Hard to Be Fast in F1

Some people still think that to go fast, you just need to press a few buttons here and there.

The truth is, without hard work and dedication, you won’t get anywhere, neither in SimRacing nor in any other field of life.

Performance is the result of multiple factors, including the ability to manage and develop your skills.

Never underestimate the importance of effort and mindful practice, as mentioned before.

Well, that concludes the first part of this article.

To read the second part, which focuses on the 8 Areas to concentrate on to improve in F1, click the button below.

See you later and in the doubt, flat out!