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The official F1 2020 game is upon us, and with that come a host of sim racers trying to correctly setup their racing wheel for the season ahead. Before jumping in to the new My Team game mode, every wheel racer should start by setting up their racing wheel correctly.
Below, we have collated a selection of racing wheel settings, to give you the best force feedback while racing.
We have included recommended settings for a wide selection of racing wheels. Included are recommended F1 2020 force feedback settings for the Logitech G29, Thrustmaster T300 and all Fanatec racing wheels.
To adjust the in-game force feedback wheel settings in F1 2020, you should jump straight in to the vibration and force feedback menu. The settings are very similar to those which were present in the previous F1 2019. So using your setup from your F1 2019 wheel settings would work well here.
The first menu item, vibration and force feedback strength is the overall strength setting. Increasing this will increase the strength of all force feedback sent in to your wheel.
Try to stay away from setting this to 100% strength, as you can run in to clipping issues. Clipping is where the force feedback peaks above 100%, causing a loss in force feedback fidelity, and a spike in the wheel force feedback.
On track effects is the measure of how you feel the road through the wheel. Elements such as uneven road surfaces, marbles off the racing line, and the white lines around the track are all covered in this section.
This higher you set this option, the more you will feel all of these road effects.
The rumble strip effects is very similar to the on track effects. However this setting kicks in when you drive over any kerb on the edge of a track. The higher this setting is, the more brutal the kerbs will be, and the harder it will be to drive over them.
Again, this setting is similar to the two above, but it controls the strength of force feedback when you come off track. If you want a realistic experience, you can increase this to make the car hard to control on the grass and gravel.
We would recommend lowering this setting a little, just so it is a bit easier for you to get back on to track.
This setting, affects how heavy your racing wheel is in the F1 2020 game. It adds a dampening effect to the force feedback, making your wheel heavier to turn.
Unlike road cars, which can have heavy wheel damping, F1 cars have very good power steering. This makes the steering wheel rather light and easy to turn. You should look to emulate this to some degree in F1 2020.
The understeer enhance setting produces an artificial sensation of understeer in your wheel. This is strange the first time you feel it, as almost all force feedback disappears and the wheel becomes very light. We aren’t big fans of this setting, but it can be helpful to help you discover the limits of grip.
Below are our recommended force feedback settings for F1 2020. All of these give you a good starter for ten, and will give you a good base wheel setup.
You can use these as a base, and then adjust them to suit your own driving style from there. If you prefer the kerbs to be a little harsher, or the wheel a little heavier, you can use our overview above to change each individual setting.
For both Fanatec and Thrustmaster wheels, you also have the option to adjust the force feedback settings directly on the wheel itself. We have included these options for those wheels so you know exactly what you are changing. Ensure you do actually change the wheel settings as well as the in-game settings, otherwise the wheel may not feel right.
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For both of the Fanatec Podium series you have to adjust some of the settings using the torque key which is provided with the wheel base.
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The Thrustmaster T300, more so than other wheels, suffers with a light feeling when driving Formula 1 cars. However the wheel itself becomes rather heavy when making large inputs, such as during slower hairpin corners. To combat this we recommend taking out all wheel damping. The below settings should allow for maximum force feedback detail to come through the wheel of the Thrustmaster.
These settings should give you a good base to work from, but feel free to adjust them up or down to suit your own driving style. We would recommend increasing the throttle linearity to 20 to give a slightly softer initial input on the throttle. This helps to avoid wheel spin on corner exit, and lets you better manage the throttle Also we increased the brake saturation to 5 to give a little extra responsiveness to the pedal.
The Logitech G923 feels very similar to the older G29 and G920. And the TrueForce feature doesn’t add much if anything to the overall F1 2020 experience.
This depends on the wheel you are using. For example a Fanatec CSL Elite can be run at 100% FFB strength as it is a weaker wheel. However you would want to run a direct drive wheel at 100% FFB as it would be too strong. View our list for full settings.
A torque key is provided with Fanatec direct drive wheels to allow you to unlock the full strength of the wheel. This is so you can lock the strength to a weaker setting to avoid people injuring themselves. The strength of direct drive wheels is so strong that it can really hurt someone younger.
You can change your Thrustmaster wheel settings in the tuning menu in the Thrustmaster control panel. This is also where you calibrate your wheel.