8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 23

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 rankings, conquer the podium, or simply reach their own goals.

But reality is often frustrating: many find themselves stuck, unable to shave off that second, or two or more, from the leaders’ lap times, or to even win a single race, trapped in a spiral of disappointment and bitterness.

Being fast, then, is no child’s play.

The question arises.

Is it just a matter of talent?

The main problem does not lie in the fact that a driver is inherently poor or less talented.

Contrary to what many think, the gap between top drivers and those behind them is not a matter of innate gifts.

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

And this is exactly where we at ADT come in, as our mission is: to improve the world of SimRacing by providing high-quality training, knowledge, and skills.

This article will be no exception as it will give you the starting point for your growth path in F1.

Moreover, this post will be followed by a second part, a subsequent piece in which we will talk about the areas you need to focus on to excel.

In particular, you will discover:

  • The 8 most common beliefs to eliminate; 
  • The 8 key areas you need to focus on to greatly improve your performance (IN THE NEXT POST)
  • The path mapped out by us at ADT to help you achieve all your goals on the track (IN THE POST) 

You will have a great toolbox of information that will enable you to make a significant leap forward on the track.

Since this post contains numerous notions, let's cut to the chase and get started!

8 Myths and Beliefs to Debunk About F1 23

1. F1 is just a simple play

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 invest, bet on yourself and your qualities (likely unexpressed) on the track.

Do not be fooled by those who consider it a mere little game.

They have no idea what it means to go fast on F1.

F1 offers a simulative experience that tests the skills and strategy of every driver, distinctly standing out from the classic arcade game you might find in a bar or arcade cabinet.

2. With Maximum Assist Settings, You Can Still Perform Well

Relying on driving assists is certainly useful at the beginning, in order to get acquainted with the SimCade and to understand a bit about how to drive on the track.

However, there will come a time when your performance will plateau.

That will be the time to start making the electronic driving aids less invasive or to eliminate others, such as the Driving Line.

The ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is useful to prevent wheel locking, but... it 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.

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 in F1 focus on the setup as if it were the only factor that determines performance.

This is a very false belief!

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

4. Setup Doesn't Matter at All!

At the same time, don't fall into the opposite trap.

Setup does matter; it plays a very important role in your performance.

Forget about F1's default setups and don't think you can use the same setup on multiple circuits.

Each track has its own peculiarities and requires an appropriate 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 often have we heard drivers say: "Yes, but if he's that fast, it's thanks to the Fanatec he has... He spent thousands of euros on the steering wheel, with that, anyone can drive well!"

A high-end steering wheel can certainly enhance the driving experience, but it's not a ticket that guarantees success.

No peripheral will teach you how to brake correctly, how to tackle a corner, overtake an opponent, manage starts, drive on a wet track, or how to optimize traction.

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

It's like being at the wheel of a Ferrari without ever having learned to drive: you could end up crashing into a wall before you even start.

Therefore, a Steering Wheel does NOT automatically make you faster.

In fact, if you are a novice driver, a top-tier wheel might even be a disadvantage for you, given its complexity.

The mechanisms of these wheels are sophisticated tools that require specific skills and understanding to be fully utilized.

There are many drivers who, despite using Fanatec wheels, record lap times that are 2-3 seconds off the pace from the PROs.

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

Remember, the real key to going fast in F1 is DRIVING TECHNIQUES.

6. Talent is EVERYTHING

Certainly, natural talent can be a small advantage, but as mentioned before, it is not at all decisive!

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

Anyone, with commitment and dedication, can aspire to better results in F1.

With the right mindset and training method, even those who are not "born fast" can achieve surprising results.

In fact, without a clear training method and without taking commitment seriously, even those who are "naturally fast" 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 training.

Lapping the track without a specific goal or without a method will never lead to significant improvements, even if you spend many hours behind the wheel.

In this situation, you would find yourself like a hamster running on a wheel, going nowhere.

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

There are still some people who think that to be fast in F1 23, you just need to press a few buttons here and there.

The truth is that without commitment and dedication, you won't get anywhere, whether in F1 or in any other area of life.

Performance in F1 is the result of multiple factors, including the ability to manage and develop one's skills.

Never underestimate the importance of commitment 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!