I recently went back to the F1 franchise, and i’m loving it. Each year this games launches, the reviews say it’s the best one ever. Although this might be true, i personally never really felt like i was getting much more than the one i had the previous year. After skipping 2016, i must agree that F1 2017 really is the best one ever made, and possibly one of the best racing games available for players on a console, using the controller.

I am currently trying to focus on the actual driving, instead of messing with the car set up, but you can’t simply ignore this aspect, as it is vital for your cars performance on a certain track. The game has 5 preset configurations, that should do just fine unless you really know what you’re doing. You can choose set ups with high downforce and low speed or low downforce and high speed. In between these two extremes, there are 3 varied configurations. Depending on the track you’re on, you should pick the right one that suits your driving, but gives you maximum performance.

The basic idea is that if there are lots of straights and fast corners, go for high top speed/ low downforce. If it’s a twisty track, go for increased downforce and sacrifice straight line speed. No track is so black and white though. Yes you have Monaco and Monza but most other tracks are a very good mix of both straight and twisty parts. For these, you’ll need to figure out where you want to be fast and where you want to be slow, compared to other cars.

Default presets

To help you out, here is a list of recommended setups for each track. 1 is the highest downforce (the one to the left) and 5 is the lowest downforce (the one to the right)

Australia 3
China 4
Bahrain 3
Russia 4
Spain 3
Monaco 1
Canada 4


Europe 3
Austria 4
Britain 4
Hungary 1
Belgium 4
Germany 4
Italy 5

Singapore 2
Malaysia 3
Japan 3
USA 3
Mexico 3
Brazil 4
Abu Dhabi 3

 

These presets should work for most of us, and allow for the most comfortable rides on these tracks. You can go deeper into set ups if you want. There are two great ways to do this

Custom setups

You probably know that you can set up many aspects of the car the way you want, but this can be time consuming and even dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are a lot of people who know what they are doing, and you can see their recomendations on F1CarSetup. This is a site for people who know what they are doing to show what they recomend for each car and track.

Steal them!

An other cool way to get great set ups, is to look at the leader boards on time trials. While in the pit, find a lap time around your level, and press X on it. You will have the option to use the set up this driver is using. Once it is loaded to your car, go into set ups and save it.

About The Author

I've been hooked on racing games, ever since the Burnout series back in the late 90s and after going through some painful years trying to learn the F1 series games, i am now hooked on Forza. I am not the fastest on the track, and not a fanatic, but i enjoy sim racing a lot, and try to get better and faster.

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