F1 22 Wheel Settings Guide – How To Set Up Your Racing Wheel

Setting up your racing wheel to feel good in F1 22 is key to a fun experience. This guide will run through every step of setting up your racing wheel with F1 22, including recommended settings.

F1 22 ERS Overtake Button
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When racing F1 22 with a racing wheel, you have a variety of settings to adjust how your wheel behaves and feels in game. This guide will run you through the process of setting up a racing wheel for F1 22.

I’ll also show you the best settings to make your racing wheel feel perfect in-game. Ensuring your wheel feels good is key to being comfortable behind the wheel in F1 22.

Calibration

Calibrating your steering wheel and pedals should be one of the first things you do when jumping into F1 22 for the first time with a racing wheel. Calibrating will ensure your wheel and pedals are correctly set up to perform as they should.

If something isn’t right, then you will find out during calibration. You can then adjust some of the settings to adjust for this.

F1 22 Wheel calibration

The settings available to adjust in the calibration menu are;

  • Deadzone
  • Linearity
  • Saturation

You have these three settings available for the steering, throttle and brake. Below is an explanation of how each setting changes your wheel and pedals.

Deadzone explained

All three inputs have a deadzone slider. Your deadzone is the percentage of input that needs to be applied before any input is registered. If your deadzone is zero, for example, you should start seeing input as soon as you slightly press a pedal or as soon as you start to turn your wheel.

If when testing your buttons in F1 22 you see any number other than zero in the right-hand panel when you aren’t touching the steering wheel or pedals, you will need to increase your deadzone.

Increasing your deadzone will require you to apply more input to the pedals or steering wheel before it is registered in game. This is helpful if your car feels twitchy on the straights.

Try to keep your deadzone at zero if you can, or failing that, keep it as low as you can. Increasing your deadzone too much for your pedals and wheel will reduce the initial input responsiveness.

F1 22 Steering deadzone explained

Linearity explained

The linearity setting in F1 22 affects your linearity curve for the wheel and pedal inputs. Increasing this setting will make your wheel or pedal feel less sensitive at the beginning and more sensitive towards the end.

With your wheel for example, this means that your wheel will feel less sensitive towards the centre. And as you turn it beyond 90 degrees it will feel more sensitive.

What this does, is give you a greater level of control as you start to apply any input. With the wheel, you will have more precision when starting to turn your wheel, and less precision the more steering lock you apply.

This setting can be helpful for those that feel the wheel or pedals feel too twitchy and responsive initially. However, increase this setting with caution. It will cause a discrepancy in your inputs and the in-game visuals.

For example, high steering linearity will cause the in-game steering wheel to appear to turn slower than you are actually turning your racing wheel. Ideally, you want to keep your wheel rotating at the same speed as the in-game wheel. This will avoid any visual confusion, and give you the most consistent amounts of control.

Saturation explained

Your saturation will increase the overall sensitivity of your racing wheel or pedals. If you aren’t hitting 100 in the button test in F1 22 when you fully rotate your wheel or press your pedals, you can increase your saturation.

Increasing your saturation will increase the overall sensitivity of your wheel or pedal. This will allow you to hit 100% input earlier. For example, if you increase saturation to around 30-40, you will hit full throttle when you press the throttle pedal around 60%.

Of course, this isn’t overly realistic and can cause you to apply too much input. This can make driving harder as everything will be more sensitive. However, the saturation for your pedals and wheel is useful if you aren’t hitting the full input even when your pedals are fully depressed and wheel completely turned.

I would recommend increasing the saturation in F1 22 in small increments. Redo the calibration test after every adjustment, and only increase these settings until you are comfortably hitting 100 during the test. Try not to increase the saturation beyond this.


Calibrate your steering wheel

The goal when calibrating your steering wheel is to ensure the in-game wheel matches your inputs. Formula 1 cars use a 360 degree rotation, and you should match this with your racing wheel.

360 degrees of rotation means your steering wheel needs to turn 360 degrees from lock to lock. This will result in your wheel being able to turn 180 degrees in each direction to reach the maximum steering lock.

F1 22 Steering Degrees of Rotation

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How to calibrate a racing wheel in F1 22

  1. Open up your ‘Controls, Vibration and Force Feedback’ menu.
  2. Then click into the ‘Calibration’ menu.
  3. Next, click the correct button to start the button test (this is the select button on Xbox-compatible wheels)
  4. You will then see readouts on the right of the screen. As you press buttons you should see them flash up on the screen.
  5. Turn your wheel 180 degrees left and check the steering bar reads -100.
  6. Do the same again but to the right, and your steering should read 100.
  7. If either direction doesn’t hit 100 when turned fully, you can increase your steering saturation until it does.
  8. Check your steering deadzone on track. If your car is twitchy when driving in a straight line, increase your deadzone slightly.

Calibrate your pedals

Much like calibrating your steering wheel in F1 22, you can also calibrate your pedals. Ensuring your pedals feel just right is key to being able to accelerate and brake with precision.

How to calibrate pedals in F1 22

  1. Open up your ‘Controls, Vibration and Force Feedback’ menu.
  2. Then click into the ‘Calibration’ menu.
  3. Start the calibration test just like we did with the wheel calibration above.
  4. Fully depress your throttle then release. You should see it go up to 100 and back down to 0.
  5. Repeat this step with your brake pedal. Again it should hit 100 when pressed fully.
  6. If your pedals aren’t at 0 when you’re not pressing them we need to increase the deadzone.
  7. If your pedals don’t reach 100 when completely pressed, you should increase your throttle or brake saturation.

Customise your controls

One way you can make yourself feel more comfortable in F1 22, is to customise your controls. You can do this by changing your button mapping for your racing wheel.

Changing your button mapping will let you set up specific buttons on your racing wheel to perform certain actions in game.

For example, I always like to have my pit limiter in the same position. That way, when switching between games such as Assetto Corsa Competizione, iRacing and F1 22, my pit limiter is always the same button.

Button mapping lets you do this. You can change any button on your racing wheel. Many racing wheels such as those from Fanatec and Moza have a lot of inputs. These can range from push buttons to rotary dials.

When racing on PC and PlayStation, you can configure every input to perform an action in F1 22.

F1 22 Controller Button mapping

To change your button mapping in F1 22;

  1. Head over to the settings menu, then navigate to ‘Controls, Vibration and Force Feedback’.
  2. Then select the racing wheel or controller that you wish to use. Click ‘Edit mappings’.
  3. Scroll down the list to find the input that you wish to change.
  4. Click the input you wish to change, and then press the button you want to change it to.
  5. Save and leave this menu to finish button mapping.

View our F1 22 controls guide to view the default controls


Set up your force feedback in F1 22

The final part of setting up a racing wheel in F1 22 is to configure your force feedback. This setting can be found in the ‘Controls, Vibration and Force Feedback’ menu.

Your force feedback represents the forces that your racing wheel generates while racing. When racing with a wheel, you’ll notice that the wheel shakes, bumps and moves when you are driving. These forces are known as force feedback.

F1 22 Force Feedback Settings

F1 22 force feedback settings explained

Changing the force feedback settings will affect how your racing wheel reacts during certain scenarios and what forces are created.

Your vibration and force feedback strength setting is a global setting that affects all other force feedback settings in F1 22. Lowering this will reduce the amount of force generated across the board. Increasing this will do the opposite and make your force feedback stronger.

In F1 22, you can adjust individual force feedback settings including on track, off track and kerb effects. These three settings affect how strongly your steering wheel reacts to driving over these surfaces.

Your wheel damper setting affects how heavy your wheel feels under load. Increasing this will make your wheel feel heavier to turn. It’ll also make the steering wheel harder to turn when stationary.

Understeer enhance allows you to turn on a setting that artificially adjusts how your wheel feels when you’re understeering. This isn’t realistic but can help you feel when your car is starting to understeer.

Finally, you can adjust your maximum wheel rotation for both the Formula 1 and Formula 2 cars and the supercars. I’d recommend keeping these at 360 degrees for F1 and F2 cars, and 900 degrees for supercars.

View a detailed explanation of all of these settings in our F1 22 force feedback guide.

Optimised force feedback settings for F1 22

We have tested a range of racing wheels with F1 22 and created the most optimised force feedback settings for each of them. If you don’t fancy tinkering with these settings yourself, you can use our settings. Click on the links below to view our F1 22 force feedback settings for specific racing wheels.

View all of our recommended force feedback settings for F1 22 for our best force feedback settings. Below are some quick links to settings for the most popular racing wheels.


Overview

Hopefully, this F1 22 racing wheel settings guide will help you quickly set up your racing wheel in game. Following this guide will ensure your racing wheel and pedals are completely calibrated and set up to your liking.


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