F1 22 How To Improve 1 Second – Ultimate Guide To Becoming Faster!

In this guide, I'm going to show you exactly how I gained 1 second of lap time in F1 22. I'll run through my process so you can easily replicate this and unlock your hidden lap times.

F1 22 How To Improve 1 Second

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Today I’m going to be looking at how to you guys can find additional lap time in F1 22. I’m going to run through my exact process of how I improved my lap time around the Red Bull Ring on F1 22. I’ll show you my previous best lap time, my new lap time, and exactly how I got there.

Now, this process that I’m going to show you uses a track analysis tool which is completely free to try out. And the best part is that this tool can be used across a variety of sim racing titles from the F1 games to ACC and the original Assetto Corsa.

This free-to-use tool is a way to extract hidden data from inside the game. It allows you to view your real telemetry data and compare it against previous laps and other sim racers.

How to improve by 1 second a lap in F1 22 video guide

Using this method, we can compare our in-game telemetry with the fastest sim racers around the world, in the same way, that real-world Formula 1 drivers do across a race weekend. Albeit, real F1 drivers are comparing their telemetry data with the likes of Hamilton, Verstappen and others.

But anyway, the tool I’m going to be using in this video is called Track Titan. Some of you guys may have come across them on Instagram or YouTube already as they post some nice tips and tricks videos.

Track Titan

I’ll leave a link to their tool here. As I said, it’s completely free to sign up and start accessing your telemetry data.

There are some premium plans available that give you additional data such as the corner breakdowns that I’m going to show, and I have a code that will give you 50% discount off your first three months, or an extended trial if you wish to try out the premium features.

That code is SIMRACINGSETUP. Simply enter that when registering and you’ll get both an extended free trial or a 50% discount on your first three months.

Track Titan 50% Off Discount Code

How to use Track Titan

And it’s incredibly easy to use. I won’t go too deep with the setup, but I don’t really need to. It is really just a case of registering a free account and downloading their desktop app. Then you can go racing pretty much straight away.

If you’re racing on a PC, the app just runs in the background and you don’t need to do anything to collect the data. If you’re racing on an Xbox or PlayStation, you can still collect the data by having a computer or laptop on the same WiFi network with the app running. Simples.

But anyway, less of the boring tech talk, let’s jump right into just how to unlock that hidden lap time!

Setting benchmark laps

I’m going to start by looking at my benchmark lap times. These are the fastest laps that I’ve completed around the Red Bull Ring in the past.

And I’ve chosen the Red Bull Ring as it’s a track that I’m not massively fast on and simply want to improve. So it’s the perfect candidate to showcase this process.

F1 22 In-game Telemetry

So what Track Titan does is record every lap that you complete while you have the background app running. Every lap you complete across every session is recorded, and is accessible to analyse.

So before you do any comparisons at all, you need to set some benchmark lap times. For a session to be recorded, you should look to complete at least three laps, and then it will show up almost instantly in Track Titan.

So you can see from looking at my previous sessions that I’ve completed a few runs with the app running on various dates with various cars.

Comparing lap telemetry

I can then click into a session, I’ll choose the session where I posted my fastest lap time, and the platform will show me a variety of information.

I can see my fastest lap time, broken down into mini-segments. And I just have to say this is really cool. It doesn’t use three sectors like we see in-game. Instead, it divides each corner into its own mini-segment so you can analyse individual corners.

Then you can see my theoretical best lap time. This takes into account the fastest I have ever driven each individual corner and adds them together to form my theoretical best lap.

If I could somehow string all of these personal best corner times together, I would instantly improve my overall lap time by around half a second.

So that already shows me that I have the potential to achieve a faster lap time.

Track Titan Lap Comparison F1 22

But, if I could somehow string all of these corners together into a single lap, I still want to be able to improve on my own personal theoretical best time.

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And that is where the reference laps come into play. In the top right here, I can choose a variety of reference laps. I can choose from Track Titan’s official lap or the community’s fastest lap ever.

As you can see, my previous personal best lap time of a 1.06.033 puts me around 2 seconds slower than the fastest lap ever recorded with Track Titan. And just under 2 seconds off the pace of the official reference lap time. And to put it bluntly, that’s because I am not the quickest sim racer in F1 22, and I’m happy to admit that.

But I can use these laps as reference points to improve upon. So let’s use the official Track Titan lap and see what we can learn.

So you will see straight away that I’m slower at every point around the lap than the reference lap, and you can see which corners I’m losing the most time on.

Using this reference lap, you can see that I’m losing around 0.3 seconds at turns 1, 2 and 9. That’s around a second a lap of time loss on just three individual corners.

But that doesn’t really help me get much faster. What will help me improve is by jumping into the analysis for each corner. And here is where things start to get really cool.

In-depth corner telemetry

Let’s take corner 1 for example. I can click the analyse button to jump into the real telemetry for that specific corner. You’ll see straight away that I can compare my racing line to the reference lap. And I can compare a huge amount of additional information.

On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see the telemetry that is really useful. This is currently showing me my speed through the corner compared to the reference lap.

F1 22 Corner Telemetry

So you can see straight away that I’m braking a little earlier than the reference, I’m slowing down a little more, around 10kph at the slowest point.

But you can also see that I am actually getting on the power at about the same time as the reference lap. It’s just that I’m going slower when I do transition onto the power, so my exit speed isn’t quite as high.

So, lot’s of areas to work on!

What is also helpful is some of the additional information I can access. If I click difference to reference, I can see where I’m losing the most amount of time.

As I scroll through this graph, you’ll see my position on the racing line to the left. You can see that I’m losing a small amount of time on corner entry, but then, I’m losing around 0.28 seconds by the time I reach the apex. This is all lost during braking where I’m braking too early and slowing too much.

Then as I exit the corner, I’m still losing some time, but not as much as during the braking zone.

If we really want to dive deep and nerd out, I can also access my throttle and braking application as well. By clicking throttle I can view my throttle input compared to the reference lap.

You’ll see that I lift off the throttle earlier, but apply the throttle sooner. Then there is a moment where I suddenly lift a little bit and reapply the throttle. This will be during a slight oversteer moment as I get back on the power. But the good news is that I reach 100% throttle slightly before the reference lap.

Then if I compare my braking chart, you’ll see a similar pattern. I brake a moment sooner, and I actually hold the brakes a little longer than the reference as well. This is what is causing me to slow down too much mid-corner.

Using the telemetry to improve

Right, so now I know exactly what I am doing wrong, and what I need to do. So it’s time to hit the track and work with this information.

I have shown my process through a single corner by taking a deep dive look at turn 1. But what I have also done in the meantime is analyse the other corners where I’m losing time. So I’m going into this next set of runs with a lot of information.

But I’m going to stay focused on turn 1 for now, analysing the data for this turn to show my improvement.

So you can see here that I run a fairly long run to get a lot of data and to slowly improve my lap time. You can see that over time my overall best lap time is coming down, and I’m having varying success in turn 1. Some attempts do happen to be much less successful than others…

Lapping faster ultimately comes down to practice. But going in armed with the amount of information I have now is a huge advantage.

There is no way to see this information in F1 22, all you can do is race against a ghost on track, but that isn’t always very helpful.

So you’ll see here me hitting turn 1 multiple times. I am actually completely full laps otherwise the data won’t transfer into Track Titan.

You’ll see with each attempt that I’m trying some different things. You’ll see that on some attempts I run wide when I’m pushing too hard. But other attempts will be solid and will show some improvements.

Re-analyse the data after a few more laps

So with some more laps under my belt, and a faster overall lap time. I can jump back into the telemetry and see where I’ve improved.

How to improve 1 Second a lap in F1 22

You’ll now see that when looking at the overall circuit map, I’m much closer than I was to the reference lap at certain points around the track. I mean, I’m still pretty far off at some places, but I’m just going to look at those corners as areas I can still improve on!

Jumping back into the turn 1 data, you will now see that I’m losing less time than before. I have found around 2 tenths of a second in the first corner alone compared to my previous best.

Looking at the detailed telemetry for turn 1, you can now see that I’m replicating the reference lap much closer. This is certainly progress.

How I’ve improved

After looking at the reference data once again, and spending a little while longer on track, I managed to improve my lap time to a 1.05.079. This is almost exactly 1 second faster than my previous personal best before using Track Titan.

Yes, there is still a way to go before I am as fast as the reference lap, and I may never actually get there. But I have made an overall gain of around 1 second per lap. And if you look at my theoretical best time, it is down at 1.04.5.

Looking at the lap chart again, I am now comparing my new fastest lap with my old fastest lap. You can see that I have found time at every point of the circuit.

Remember this is a track that I have raced at hundreds of times across the different F1 games. This isn’t me driving an intentionally slow lap initially to show a huge improvement. My original lap that we looked at at the beginning was certainly representative of my overall pace before going into this process.

And I can say that I’ve actually improved by around 1 second per lap in around 2 hours of practising. That time is a combination of analysing my lap data and time on track. That’s pretty crazy!

With F1 22 being a weird mixture of simulation and arcade, I can’t imagine we will get telemetry such as this in-game for a very long time, if ever. So the fact that it is actually so easily accessible using a third-party tool such as Track Titan is great news for everyone looking to improve.

I’ll leave a link here for Track Titan which as I mentioned is completely free. There are a couple of premium plans available which give you access to even more data such as the corner telemetry breakdown that I showed in this guide.

I do have a code for both an extended free trial period of the premium plans if you wanted to test it out before buying. And the code will also save you 50% off your first three months if you do decide to subscribe.

That code is SIMRACINGSETUP. Simply enter that when registering either for a free trial or a premium account and you’ll get both an extended free trial and a 50% discount on your first three months.

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Article written by Mjolnir

Mjolnir is one of the main setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. He has had years of experience in sim racing, both competitively and casually. After a decade of sim racing experience, he co-founded SimRacingSetup.com to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.
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