How To Drive Without The Racing Line in F1 22
Racing without the racing line in F1 22 is a different type of assist to turn off. Instead of learning the car, you need to learn each track your race at. Follow these top tips to quickly disable the racing line in F1 22.
How do you get rid of racing lines on F1 22?
Racing lines can be turned on or off in F1 22. They are great for drivers who are new to certain tracks. As they help you quickly learn where to position your car and when to brake. When you’re confident that you know a track, you can turn off the racing line in the assists settings in F1 22’s menu.
The racing line in F1 22 is a slightly different assist to many of the others. While most assists are focused on making your car easier to drive, the racing line puts the emphasis on the tracks you’re driving around.
While it can be extremely useful if you’re driving on a completely new track, the bright green and red line does break immersion. If you want to progress to driving F1 22 without any assists enabled, you’ll have to learn to drive without the racing line.
In this guide, I’ll run through a few of the best techniques and tips to help you remove the racing line as quickly as possible.
What is the racing line in F1 22?
The racing line helps you learn where to position your car on each track, as well as helping you know when to brake and accelerate. It appears on the track as a bright green, orange and red line.
These different colours indicate when you should be accelerating, braking or transitioning between the two.
- Green racing line = Accelerate
- Red racing line = Brake
- Orange racing line = Transition between braking and accelerating
Should I use racing line F1 22?
I find the racing line as one of the most useful assists in F1 22. While I don’t use it personally, I have in the past enabled it, especially when visiting new tracks such as Jeddah or Miami for the first time.
By all means, when you first jump into F1 22, enabling the racing line will speed up your learning process. It will help you quickly see where you should have your car positioned. And it will help you learn braking zones for each corner.
Once you have a good understanding of a track, I would always say to disable the racing line completely as soon as you can. While the racing line is helpful for teaching you the rough racing line and braking points. It doesn’t show you the optimal racing line.
Around some corners, you can be faster if you don’t follow the racing line. For example, the line will change to red too early for some corners. This will get you in the habit of braking when the racing line tells you. However, in some cases, if you brake slightly later or trail brake into a corner, you could be faster.
While I recommend engaging the racing line when first learning a track. I do think it can introduce some bad habits that then need to be broken. So disabling it as soon as you can is recommended.
Learn where to position your car on track
One of the best methods of feeling comfortable racing without the racing line is to learn where you should be positioning your car around the track.
On most tracks, the same principles of where to position your car apply. There are of course some irregular corners which require a different approach, however, 90% of corners will follow these rules.
- Almost always position your car on the outside of the track when approaching a corner.
- Look for the brake markers at the side of the track for reference points when to start braking.
- Always try to brake in a straight line, and lift off the brake as you start to turn in.
- Aim to hit the inside kerb of the corner before starting to accelerate.
- Drift back out to the outside of the track as you accelerate to minimise the corner angle.
Following this approach to most corners in F1 22 will generally have you racing on the correct racing line. If you haven’t fully learnt the exact braking points for each corner. Remembering these positioning tips will at least ensure you’re on the correct part of the track on the approach to the next corner.
As you start to practice a track further, and you put in more and more laps, you’ll start to learn each corner in more detail. By ensuring you’re on the right part of the track, you can then spend time focusing on learning your braking points, along with how much speed you can carry through a turn.
Focus on your braking point for each corner
Finding the optimal braking point for each corner isn’t always the easiest thing to do. The distance that it takes for you to slow your car depends on a few factors. How fast you’re going, the grip level of your tyres and the track and the elevation of the track.
For example, braking from 150mph into a corner while travelling up a hill will allow you to start braking later. You can use the incline to help slow your car. On the other hand, braking downhill with worn tyres will result in a much longer braking zone.
These are just a couple of factors that you’ll need to consider when deciding when to brake.
Using brake markers
One of the key methods of finding the best braking point is to use the brake markers and other reference points around the track. On the approach to most corners in F1 22, you’ll see brake marker boards. These show you the distance to the corner in meters.
As you spend more time in F1 22, you will quickly learn how fast your car slows down from each distance. You’ll find that braking at the 100-meter board can slow your car from 150mph to 50mph in time for the corner apex for example.
Once you know this, you can apply this mentality to new tracks as you start to learn them.
If you’re learning to use the brake marker boards for the first time. I’d recommend braking pretty early into the corner on the approach and seeing how soon you slow down. Remember the distance from the corner that you were when you applied the brakes.
If you slow down too quickly, next lap, brake slightly later whilst paying attention to the brake marker board. Keep repeating this until you find the point where you can just slow your car down in time to make the corner. This is your ideal braking point.
Now, simply remember the reference point at which you started applying the brakes. That could be a brake marker board or something else around the track such as a bridge or specific item on the side of the track.
Remembering reference points for each corner will allow you to more precisely brake at the same point each lap.
Keep your vision focused as far in the distance as you can
When you’re approaching a corner, you will want to have as much time as possible to decide where to place your car and when to brake. Focusing your vision as far in front as you can see will help you do this.
By focusing on the far distance, you will see corners coming at you much sooner, giving you more time to react. Remember, a Formula 1 car is incredibly fast, meaning you’ll reach things in the distance extremely quickly.
You should give yourself as much time as possible to make decisions around each lap.
Aim for the apex
Once you are into the braking zone of a corner, you should try and keep your car straight and positioned on the outside of the track. When the point comes to start lifting off the brake pedal and turning into the corner, you should be focused on one thing, the apex.
The apex is the innermost part of the corner. This is the part of the inside of the track that you will get closest to as you round the corner before drifting back out wide to accelerate. There is usually a kerb on the inside of the apex which you should look to get close to.
Some corners have low kerbs on the inside of corners. These can be attacked and driven over to shorten the corner and reduce the corner angle.
Other tracks have larger kerbs or bumps on the apex. With those corners, you should look to get as close as you can without hitting the bump. Riding over a large kerb can unsettle your car forcing you to spend time correcting your car’s behaviour rather than accelerating.
A key example of this is the final chicane in Spain. These corners feature very large sausage kerbs that you ideally don’t want to touch. These are there to stop drivers from cutting the corner too much, and they punish any driver that hits them.
Straighten your car while exiting corners
Once you’ve reached the apex, the next part of the corner is the exit onto the next straight. This is a crucial part of any corner, as it can dictate how fast you are down the next straight. This can affect whether you can potentially overtake the car in front or successfully defend from the car behind.
To maximise your speed when exiting a corner, you should drift back across the track. This will allow you to straighten your car sooner, allowing you to get back on the throttle earlier.
By drifting over to the opposite side of the track, you are also reducing the corner angle. This can increase the amount of speed you are able to take through the middle part of the turn.
Top Tips to Removing the Racing Line in F1 22
- Start the first practice session with the racing line enabled.
- Complete enough laps for you to loosely learn the track layout.
- Disable the racing line, and perform a few more laps.
- Keep your eyes focused on your braking reference points such as brake markers.
- Try to follow other cars during the practice session to see how they position their car and how fast they are.
Hopefully, these tips for driving without the racing line in F1 22 will help you be able to quickly disable the racing line assist. Driving without the racing line is all about confidence and memory.
You’ll need to position your car confidently following the tips I mentioned above, and you should start remembering reference markers to help you with braking and turning into each corner.
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