F1 23: 8 Critical Areas to improve your Performance

Hello Top Driver!

Welcome back to the blog.

This article is a continuation of the previous piece, in which we discussed the 8 Myths to Debunk that influence your driving experience.

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With that said, let's get back to explaining the 8 key points to exploit and work on to improve your performance and achieve your goals on the track.

The 8 Key Areas to Focus for Excelling in F1

1 . Driving Techniques

Driving techniques are the first thing that matter.

If you're charting a course for improvement, it's crucial to understand that every aspect of driving impacts your track performance.

In other articles, we've explored how to refine these skills together, but for now, let's focus on the foundation of every great driver: driving technique.

Effective driving in F1 isn't just about sheer speed; it involves a range of skills from optimizing braking and using engine braking, to choosing the right lines and effectively using the throttle.

Every detail, no matter how small, has a significant impact on your lap times and your ability to compete at the highest levels.

Braking, for example, is not just about slowing the car down.

It's about understanding when to start braking, how much pressure to apply, and how to release the brakes optimally to maintain control of the car and make a correct turn entry.

Additionally, the use of engine braking, a technique where you use the engine's resistance to slow the car down, can make a big difference in terms of corner management.

Choosing the right racing lines is another key area.

The way you approach a corner, where you enter, the line you take, and where you exit, can drastically reduce your lap time.

An optimal line (which is definitely not the one from the game, which we strongly advise you to turn off for better performance, but we will discuss this point shortly) allows you to maintain higher speeds through corners, reducing the overall lap time.

Effective throttle use is just as crucial.

Knowing when and how much to accelerate can help maximize speed exiting the corners and reduce the risk of losing control of the car.

Throttle management requires a delicate balance: too little and you'll lose speed; too much and you might end up off the racing line or, worse, in a spin.

In other blog articles, we have explored these techniques in more detail, offering practical advice and strategies to implement them brilliantly.

For now, remember: if your goal is to improve in F1, the starting point is driving technique.

Without a solid foundation in this area, it will be difficult to reach the highest levels of performance.

So, get ready to dive into the world of driving techniques and discover how it can transform your gaming experience.

2. Setup

While not the only factor, the setup plays a significant role in your performance.

A customized setup, tailored to the characteristics of the circuit and your driving style, gives you that extra edge to drive with greater safety and confidence, naturally leading to improved performance.

3. Remove the Aids!

As mentioned before, using aids "castrates" your car, significantly hindering your performance.

The aids MUST BE REMOVED, including:

  • Automatic Gearbox
  • ABS
  • Traction Control
  • Racing Line, which shows you the safest lines to take through corners, but these are certainly not the fastest or most decisive for shaving time off your lap! It doesn't allow you to use the whole track, which is a key point to excel in Motorsport, nor does it let you aggressively tackle curbs, bumps, and everything else that can help you nibble away at your lap time.

Therefore, be INDEPENDENT FROM DRIVING AIDS if you aim to achieve all your goals in F1!

4. Mentality

Winning Mindset is as important as driving skills in F1.

It's the engine that powers every champion and can make the difference between an average driver and an exceptional one.

Developing a winning mindset will help you not only in F1 but also in real life, providing you with the resilience and determination needed to achieve your goals.

"You must always be better than the day before. You must never stop, otherwise you will be caught up. For every 0 steps you take, your opponents, in 4 days, will move 4 steps forward, equivalent to 4 tenths gained on you."

This is what the esteemed Engineer Luigi Mazzola, a 14-time champion with Ferrari in F1 between 1988 and 2009 (8 Drivers and 6 Constructors) would say about the winning mindset.

In upcoming articles, we will talk more in detail about this aspect and how to build a positive, winning mindset always aimed at improvement.

5. Managing Anxiety and Race Pressure

How often has a driver (probably you too) experienced shaky feet or hands, started sweating, or had paranoid thoughts before a race?

We're sure the answer is: Very often.

The strongest drivers use race-induced fear to their advantage, turning it into a motivational tool that pushes them to continuously improve.

However, your ability to manage anxiety and pressure depends on your level of preparation.

More preparation = Less anxiety, and vice versa.

Adequate preparation reduces anxiety, while the effective management of pressure in difficult and delicate situations is a skill that develops with experience.

6. Race Reading

In the sophisticated world of F1, the ability to read the race and strategically adapt your approach is key to success.

This requires a deep understanding of race dynamics and keen situational awareness.

It's not just about driving fast.

It involves intelligent race management, requiring a mix of alertness, tactics, and predictability.

Learning to assess when to push to the limit or, conversely, to conserve tires, is one of the most crucial skills.

During a race, conditions can change rapidly, and good tire management can make the difference between finishing on the podium or lagging behind.

Understanding how tire degradation affects car performance and adjusting your driving style to preserve them can allow you to stay on track longer without losing precious time.

Timing of pit stops is also a critical factor.

Deciding when to bring forward or delay a pit stop can significantly influence your position in the race.

This decision can be affected by several factors, such as track traffic or tire degradation.

A well-timed pit stop can give you a tactical advantage...

...allowing you to gain positions or re-enter the track with a clear road ahead.

These skills, along with the ability to read and react to the actions of opponents and race conditions, are essential for becoming a complete driver in F1.

A driver who possesses these skills not only excels in driving but also demonstrates tactical awareness that allows them to exploit every situation to their advantage.

Whether you're racing in career mode, online events, or competitions, these skills will be fundamental to elevate your driving to a higher level.

Prepare to dive into a world where strategy combines with speed to create a rich and engaging virtual racing experience.

7. Training Method

As we have already mentioned, it is not so much the quantity but the quality of training that makes a difference.

It's important HOW you train, not HOW MUCH you train!

With a well-thought-out training plan and targeted practice, you can make significant strides, transforming every gaming session into an opportunity to improve and enjoy the journey towards mastering virtual driving.

8. Self-Analysis Skills

In the competitive universe of F1, the ability to self-analyze plays a crucial role in the growth path of every virtual driver.

This skill is not limited to reviewing one's performance on the track.

It is a broader and deeper process that encompasses every aspect of driving.

For drivers seriously intent on improving, self-analysis is the key to unlocking a higher level of skill and success in racing.

Learning to review your own laps is not just about watching a replay.

It involves a detailed examination of every aspect of your race.

From your driving line, to braking, to the use of the throttle and gearbox.

Analyzing your laps allows you to identify not only your strengths.

But more importantly, those areas where you still have room for improvement.

It's a process that requires honesty and a genuine spirit of self-criticism.

Building a spirit of self-criticism does not mean being overly hard on yourself, but rather developing the ability to objectively assess your own performance.

This approach enables you to take responsibility for your actions on the track and to adopt a growth-oriented mindset.

Recognizing your own mistakes is the first step in learning from them and becoming a stronger driver.

Remember, in the world of F1, you are the main architect of your destiny.

While external factors such as the steering wheel, the setup of your car, or even environmental conditions can influence your performance.

Actually, it is your commitment and your willingness to learn and improve that truly determine your success.

Don't blame the tools or circumstances.

Instead, focus on what you can control: your approach, your preparation, and your attitude.

In summary, the path to becoming a champion in F1 is marked by your determination to reflect, learn, and continuously improve.

It is not the steering wheel, not the setup, not the external conditions, but your constant commitment and desire to grow that will lead you to success.

Maintain focus on your evolution as a driver, and you will see your track performance transform

The journey mapped out by us at ADT Esports Academy to help you achieve all your goals on the track:

First and foremost, remember that excelling in F1 is a slow, delicate, and arduous process.

You must work hard and invest in yourself if you want to achieve the results you aspire to on the track and reach your goals.

On the track, you are NOT the office worker, the lawyer, the butcher, the laborer, the family man, or the everyday student.

You are a Driver and as such, you must act, continually driving with perseverance and dedication.

You will see results if you adopt a Method, a well-tested and specifically designed System for YOU.

Imagine the thrill, the adrenaline rush of pushing your car to the limit and being the first to cross the finish line of a race.

Imagine the happiness, the burst of pride and self-esteem you will have when you achieve all your goals in F1.

Imagine being able to review yourself on the track, achieving a Podium or winning a Race.

Wouldn't it be great to be able to do everything you want on your own, like securing poles and victories, winning championships?

We are capable of helping you by providing all the tools and knowledge necessary to make you a strong, fast driver aware of your own abilities, offering you a customized improvement path tailored for YOU.

We are ADT Esports Academy, the world’s first F1 academy.

With over 15 years of experience in SimRacing, we have helped more than 1900 drivers revolutionize their driving style on F1, with some reaching Esports championships.

Others have simply started to have fun, improved their performances, and won races/championships.

If you really want to improve in F1, you are in the right place!

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See you soon and in the doubt, flat out!