How To Create Custom Car Setups in F1 22

F1 22 brings the most realistic Formula 1 experience to date. Part of that includes the ability to create your own custom car setups. This guide shows you how to easily create your own setups.

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In this guide, I will run you through the process of making setup adjustments and creating custom car setups in F1 22. I will briefly touch on what each setup change does to your car.

If you want to read a detailed F1 22 car setup guide, read our complete guide to car setups. This article runs through our complete process of creating a car setup, including what order to make changes and how to check changes are working.

Why create custom car setups?

Car setups in F1 22 are designed to allow you to adjust how your car handles on track. You can make adjustments to your car setup to introduce different characteristics. You can also use car setups to eliminate any handling traits that you don’t like.

Some key reasons for creating a custom F1 22 car setup include;

  • Improve your lap time
  • Increase top speed to aid overtaking
  • Improve tyre wear
  • Improve your car’s balance

Some key examples of why you would want to make setup adjustments are;

Increasing top speed

If you are racing at a high speed circuit, you would want to decrease your car’s aerodynamic setup. This will improve your top speed, and allow you to put in a faster lap time.

Increasing your top speed is a common trait to work into a car setup. It can help with both overtaking and defending during a race. If your top speed is too low, it will be easy for cars to overtake during a race when they have DRS assistance.

Improving tyre wear

Another key area to address when creating a car setup is to improve your tyre wear. During a race, tyre wear is very important. It can affect your whole race strategy. So a car that is gentle on its tyres will help you with a potentially easier or faster race strategy.

There are many car setup changes in F1 22 that can improve your tyre wear. The same changes setup in the wrong way can also make your tyres wear out much quicker.

Improving how your car handles

One of the main considerations beyond lap time and tyre wear should be improving how well your car handles. The most important part of a good car setup is that you feel comfortable when driving with it.

If the car handles badly, you can make setup adjustments to improve this. These could be made in the suspension setup to improve ride quality. Or you could adjust your aerodynamics to improve your cornering grip.

Learn how to create the perfect F1 22 car setup in our ultimate setup guide.

How to create a car setup in F1 22?

F1 22 How to create a car setup

To actually create your own car setup in F1 22, you’ll need to head into either a race weekend session or a time trial session. Once you have loaded in, you will find yourself sitting in your car, in your garage. Although, if you have chosen to participate in a quick race only, you will be sitting on the grid.

Once you’re in your car, you’ll be able to go into your setup screen and start making adjustments. Do this by;

  1. Press the “Session info” button. This is X on Xbox consoles or square on PlayStation.
  2. This will load the session info screen.
  3. From here, use either your right paddle shifter on your racing wheel or the right bumper on your controller to scroll over to car setups.
  4. You will now see the preset car setups that have been created by the game developers.
  5. You can choose one of these as a base setup, or you can select the leftmost option “custom setup”.

Once you are inside the car setup screen, you can make adjustments to various parts of your car setup. I’ll show you how to do that in the next step.

How to make adjustments?

F1 22 Suspension Geometry setup

Within the car setup screen, you can make adjustments to various parts of your car setup. These include;

  • Aerodynamics
  • Transmission
  • Suspension Geometry
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Tyres

As well as making setup changes to each of these parts of your car, you can also adjust your fuel load.

You can navigate through each part of your car setup using the left and right bumpers on your controller, or your paddle shifters on your racing wheel. Within each section are a variety of individual setup options.

Each of the individual setup options affects a specific part of your car setup.

To adjust an individual part of your setup;

  1. Scroll up or down to the setup option you wish to change.
  2. Then using your analogue stick, D-pad or arrow keys, you can adjust the setup item left or right.
  3. Generally, left results in lowering the setup value, while right increases it.

How to test a car setup

I would recommend regularly testing your car setup after you’ve made changes. It can be easier to make individual changes and then complete a few test laps rather than making a lot of changes at once.

By testing individual setup adjustments, it is a lot easier to identify how that adjustment has affected your car. If you make a lot of changes at once, it can be hard to decipher which setup change has affected your car in a certain way.

F1 22 Testing car setup changes

Testing a car setup adjustment is as easy as putting in a few test laps both before and after making the change. I would recommend heading out into a practice session on a set of medium tyres to test your changes.

Create a benchmark by performing around 5 or so laps before making any changes. Then, you can make your setup adjustment and head back out on track. You can then test to see if the setup changes have affected your car positively or negatively.

Once you have tested your setup changes both before and after, you can decide whether you want to make further adjustments.

How to save a car setup?

Once you are happy with your car setup, it is recommended that you save it. By saving your car setup, you can quickly load it again for future races without having to make all of the changes again.

I would recommend naming your car setup after the track that you created it on. This is because you can load your car setups at any track. If you don’t identify the track name in your setup save file, you may not remember which track that setup was created for.

To save your car setup, simply press the “Save/Load Car Setup” button. Give your car setup a name, and hit save.

Then your car setup will be easily loadable during any future session.


Hopefully, this car setup guide has helped you learn how to create and save custom car setups in F1 22. When creating future setups, simply run through the process above to make adjustments and save your setup.

If you want a more detailed guide on how to create the perfect car setup in F1 22, read our ultimate car setup guide.

That guide will run you through the exact process that I take when creating car setups in F1 22. It’ll discuss how each setup adjustment affects your car, and will give you recommendations to use in your custom car setups.

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