F1 23: How to Master Braking

Hey Top Driver!

Welcome to a new post by Daniele Haddad, Esports Driver and ADT Coach.

Today, we'll explore how to improve braking in F1 23.

This is a crucial element for any driver, whether virtual or real.

Your corner entries and exits are also outcomes of your braking techniques.

Poor braking can cause you to overshoot.

You'd miss the apex, finding yourself in a less favorable position for traction and losing precious tenths (in the best-case scenario).

So, a necessary component to achieve your desired results in F1 is: mastering the art of braking.

With that said, let's dive right into the content.

We'll show you how to optimize your braking in a very practical way, that is, with a portion of video analysis.

Video analysis is a service we offer at ADT, which allows comparing a lap from Daniele with that of a pilot who sends us their own lap.

We try to analyze all those key elements that are truly essential for optimizing the lap to 100%.

Today we will focus on braking technique, highlighting common mistakes and how to avoid them.

In the left frame, there's Daniele Haddad's lap.

In the right frame, our chosen Pilot, Marco.

Let's take turn 14 in Singapore, the Connaught, as our reference.

The brake is a very important component.

It consists of two parts:

  1. Vehicle deceleration with the steering straight and the pedal pressed down to 100%.
  2. Corner entry with progressive brake release and increased steering angle, known as trail-braking.

This is all done to quickly rotate the car in the corner and more comfortably go on the gas afterward.

However, many have various braking issues:

  • Some don't use the brake at 100% at the start, decelerating little and keeping the pedal down too long;
  • Some continuously lock up;
  • Some brake hard initially, but don't perform trail-braking when entering the corner, suddenly lifting off the pedal.

In Marco's case, the problem was the first point we mentioned, eventually leading to a mid-corner lock-up.

Marco brakes at 100.

He touches 100% for a moment, but starts to release while the steering is still straight.


He then goes into a lock-up in the corner.

He remains stuck at 50% brake and then abruptly releases it.

His minimum speed is 88 km/h.

He needs to be more efficient.

Daniele brakes straight on, decelerates a lot, and is quicker in releasing, utilizing every single inch of the track.

His minimum speed is 99 km/h, 11 more than Marco.

Quick release in the first part of the braking phase, then manages it gradually until the apex.

Final result: Daniele manages to go full-gas before Marco, carrying a lot of speed on exit.

The goal of braking isn't just to decelerate the vehicle but also to rotate it as quickly as possible to be more efficient on the gas and carry the maximum speed on exit.

This is an element on which we work a lot with our Pilots.

Anyway, these are fixable elements.

The important thing is to learn to use the brake in the best way possible, as it is the foundation for excellent traction on exit later.

In F1, exit speed is much more important than entry speed.

It's incorrect if you think it's right to brake at the last available meter to seek a flawless entry.

The reality is that sometimes braking a bit earlier and managing the pedal is advantageous.

This allows you to gain much more on the delta, as you will carry more speed out.

It's not simple; it requires work.

It's a fundamental element to start being fast and consistent on F1 23.

If you're truly intent on improving in F1 and achieving your goals, we at ADT Esports Academy can help you do it.

In ADT, you will receive the tools that will enable you to become a strong, fast driver aware of your own capabilities.

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

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

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