How To Improve Tyre Wear in F1 23: Reduce Wear & Overheating
Here is our guide on how to improve tyre wear in F1 23 and reduce tyre temperature. Use these tips and pointers to improve your tyre life in F1 23 and stop your tyres overheating.
What causes tyre wear in F1 23?
There are a few different factors that affect tyre wear in F1 23. Your car setup has a big impact, so optimising your car setup with tyre wear and duration in mind is a good tip for longer races. Also, an aggressive driving style will wear your tyres out faster than driving smoothly and consistently.
When competing in My Team, career or online leagues in F1 23, tyre wear can become a huge factor. If you struggle with your tyres wearing out too fast in F1 23, you can find yourself having to make additional pit stops during a race, or running a slower race strategy.
For this reason, managing your tyres during a race in F1 23, and reducing tyre wear should be a big part of your driving, and your car setup. You can improve your tyre wear, and make tyres wear slower by setting up your car differently and adjusting your driving.
In this guide, I’ll run through the very best ways to get less tyre wear in F1 23.
Improve tyre wear with an optimised car setup
The first, and possibly easiest way to improve your tyre wear is to optimise your car setups in F1 23. Much like previous Formula 1 games, F1 23 gives you a lot of control over your car setup. You can make adjustments to your aero, suspension, tyres and more.
The adjustments you make to your F1 23 car setup can have dramatic effects on how your car performs and how it handles on track. Creating the perfect car setup isn’t just about making your car faster, a big part of tuning your car is to optimise your handling, consistency and your tyre performance.
Read our complete guide to F1 23 car setups for more information on how to create the perfect car setup.
Tyre temperatures and tyre wear
There is an incredibly easy way to know if your car setup isn’t correctly optimised to reduce tyre wear in F1 23, and that is by monitoring your tyre temperatures. Your tyre temperatures have a direct link to tyre wear, so keeping an eye on them is crucial.
The one important factor to note is that if your tyres are overheating or consistently getting too hot while on track, this will lead to increased tyre wear. There is a small working window where tyre temperatures will be in the perfect temperature window.
If your tyres dip below the optimal tyre temperature window, you won’t be extracting all of the performance available. This will lead to your car not having as much grip as it should and will lead to sliding on track.
If your tyre temperatures exceed the optimal temperature window in F1 23, your tyres will start to overheat. This will result in grip levels to fall away, resulting in more sliding, less grip and increased tyre wear.
- Hotter tyre temperatures = Increased tyre wear
- The perfect tyre temperature window is 94-104°C.
How to check tyre temperatures in F1 23
You can check your tyre temperatures in F1 23 by using the MFD while driving. You can access this by pushing the MFD button (which can be configured in the menu, and will be always shown in the HUD).
Once you open your MFD, you can change the page and scroll over to the tyre temperature window. This will show you the live tyre temperatures across each tyre. There are multiple temperature readouts for each tyre, but the one to keep an eye on is the inner temperature, also known as the carcass.
The carcass/inner tyre temperature doesn’t change as quickly as the outer tyre temperature, and should always remain in the tyre temperature window. If it doesn’t you should look to change your car setup, and your driving style.
How do I stop my rear tyre from overheating F1 23?
Rear tyre overheating in F1 23 is the most common form of tyre temperature overheating and will result in your rear tyres wearing faster than the front.
It is easier to overheat the rear tyres in F1 23 due to all of the engine power being sent to the rear tyres. This means, that when you accelerate too hard and break traction, oversteer or wheelspin, all of these actions will be overheating your rear tyres.
You do have some tools available at your disposal to slow down any overheating of your rear tyres in F1 23. The main one is the on-throttle differential.
On-throttle differential setup
You can change your on-throttle diff setting both on the car setup screen and while on track. Lowering your on-throttle differential setup will make it harder to break traction. This allows you to accelerate a little more aggressively before your rear tyres start spinning.
The other tool to help stop your rear tyres from overheating is to utilise traction control. While real Formula 1 cars don’t have traction control, it can be useful in F1 23. While learning and practising throttle management, enabling a small level of traction control can help.
A hidden and relatively unknown method for improving your F1 23 throttle control is to change your throttle linearity in the calibration settings. Increasing this will change the linearity curve of your throttle pedal, making it less sensitive at the start of the travel.
Increasing your throttle linearity will mean you’ll need to push the throttle pedal further to apply the same amount of input. This gives you a wider window to make finer throttle inputs, helping reduce wheel spin.
Car setup changes that can affect tyre wear
Moving back to your car setup and the impact it has on your tyre wear, I wanted to take a look at the exact parts that can affect your tyre wear in F1 23.
There are a range of car setup changes that aren’t directly related to your tyres, but will have some impact on tyre temperature and wear. For more detailed explanations of each of these settings, read our F1 23 car setup guide.
- On-throttle Differential: I’ve touched on the on-throttle diff setup a little already, but it can help reduce wheel spin. Lower on-throttle diff setups will help reduce wheel spin and slow down tyre temperature build-up.
- Camber: Your camber can be found inside the suspension geometry setup. This part of your car setup will change the overall tyre contact patch with the track and how much mechanical grip you have while cornering. More extreme camber levels will increase tyre temperature and negatively affect tyre wear.
- Toe: Much like your camber setup, your toe is another part of your suspension geometry that will change tyre temperatures. Higher amounts of toe will point the fronts of your tyres either towards or away from your car when viewed from the top. Increasing the toe angle will increase drag and friction with the track surface, and increase tyre temperatures.
- Suspension: Your suspension has a pretty big effect on tyre wear. As you increase your suspension stiffness and your anti-roll bar stiffness, your tyres will heat up more. Softer suspension will help reduce tyre temperatures in most scenarios.
- Tyre pressures: Finally, your tyre pressures will directly change your tyre wear. Increased tyre pressure will increase your tyre temperatures. Lower tyre pressures will reduce tyre temperature build-up and can reduce tyre wear.
The goal with some car setup changes such as lowering the on-throttle differential setup, along with adjusting your throttle linearity work towards doing one thing. And that is reducing wheelspin.
Spinning your rear wheels under acceleration will always increase your tyre wear in F1 23, so you should look to actively limit any wheelspin.
You normally encounter wheelspin when accelerating out of a corner. And this is much more likely when accelerating from slow speeds. In lower gears and at slower speeds, it is much easier to break traction and spin your rear wheels purely due to the amount of power and torque that Formula 1 engines create.
- Increased wheel spin = higher tyre temperatures = increased tyre wear
Spinning your rear wheels is a horrible cycle, because every time you spin your rear wheels, as well as physically wearing your tyres, you also increase your tyre temperature. And increased tyre temperature leads to further tyre wear. Then, as your tyres wear, it will become easier to lose traction and spin your wheels. And the cycle continues.
This happens primarily at F1 tracks that are rear-limited, which means that the levels of grip are limited by how much grip you have at the rear. Circuits like Bahrain and Monza are rear-limited because you will always struggle more with rear traction due to the slower corners, and harder acceleration zones.
I mentioned it above in the car setup section, but the easiest way to manage your wheelspin is to lower your on-throttle differential. Reducing this down towards 50 will make it harder for your rear wheels to break traction.
However, the lower you set your on-throttle diff, the lower your ultimate drive will be out of medium and fast corners. So it can be a real balancing act between limiting wheelspin and not losing too much corner speed.
Locking your front wheels under braking
While we have spoken about rear tyre wear a lot, managing front tyre wear can also be important, especially around tracks with heavy braking zones and front-limited tracks.
Front-limited tracks typically include circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps and Interlagos. This means you will suffer more from front tyre wear, and understeer than at rear-limited tracks.
One area to focus on when your front tyres are overheating or losing grip faster than your rears is to manage your braking, focusing on not locking your wheels.
Braking too heavy and locking a wheel is just as painful in F1 23 as it is in real-world racing. While F1 23 doesn’t simulate flat spots which occur in real-world racing, locking a wheel will cause excess tyre wear. It’ll also generate excess tyre temperature from dragging your tyre across the track.
How to stop locking your brakes in F1 23?
There is a huge amount of time to be found under braking in F1 23, so braking efficiently is so important. But locking your brakes regularly will increase your braking distance, slow you down and increase your tyre wear.
There are a good number of things you can do to help with front brake locking. Start with the first method below before moving on to the next one.
Modulate your brake input
While braking in F1 23, you can’t simply apply 100% brake input for the entire braking zone. If you aren’t racing with the ABS assist turned on, this will almost always cause your brakes to lock.
This is because, as your car decelerates and slows down, less brake pressure is required for maximum braking efficiency. While travelling at 100mph, much less brake input is required to slow your car than at 200mph.
The correct braking technique is to brake at 100% input at the start of the braking zone, and then reduce your brake input as your car slows. Keep reducing the brake pressure until you have fully released the brake pedal.
Adjust brake bias
Adjusting your brake bias in F1 23 is one of the car setup changes that can be made at any time while driving. You can access and change your brake bias from your MFD, or using an input on your racing wheel.
Your brake bias dictates how much pressure gets sent to the front and rear brakes. At 50%, an equal amount of brake pressure will be sent to both front and rear brakes. At 60%, only 40% will be sent to the rear brakes, and 60% to the front.
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The benefit of a higher brake bias, is that you will decrease your braking zone when braking from high speeds.
As you brake, your car’s weight balance shifts to the front, putting more emphasis on the front brakes. This means, more braking force at the front of the car will slow your car faster.
However, this comes with the disadvantage that higher brake bias setups will increase understeer. It will also increase your chances of locking your front brakes, as more pressure will be being applied.
If you struggle with front brake locking, try reducing your brake bias slightly towards 50%.
Reduce brake pressure setup
You can also lower your brake pressure in F1 23 which will reduce the overall amount of braking force that is applied. Lowering this will increase your braking zone, and isn’t overly efficient. However, it can be useful if you are still locking your brakes.
The final tool at your disposal is to enable the ABS driver assist. This should be a last resort, as it isn’t realistic. Real Formula 1 cars don’t have ABS, and you will actually be slower overall with ABS enabled as it can increase your braking distance and lower efficiency.
Drive less aggressively
The last element that has a real impact on tyre wear in F1 23 is your driving style. You will often hear commentators like David Croft mention how smooth some drivers like Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso are, and how they have greater tyre preservation than other drivers.
This comes down to how smoothly they drive. If you drive aggressively, making sharp turning inputs, and are aggressive on the throttle, you will be putting more strain through each tyre. This will increase your tyre temperature and in turn increase tyre wear.
This also applies if you are pushing your car too hard. If you are trying to extract all of the potential of your car, it can be easy to sometimes drive beyond the limit. This will often result in a little bit of oversteer, or force you to brake heavier into a corner.
Overdriving your car in F1 23 will result in increased tyre temperatures which puts you back into the tyre temperature and tyre wear cycle.
If you are competing in a long race in F1 23, it can often be beneficial to drive within your limit and focus on smooth inputs. This will aid with prolonging your tyre life throughout a race, giving you an advantage. You can then use that advantage to pit later, pit fewer times, and have tyres with more grip and life left at a later stage during a race.
Hopefully, these tips will help you reduce your tyre wear in F1 23. Implementing many of the tips above can help prolong your tyre life in multiple areas. Focusing on tyre life when creating an F1 23 car setup is important. As is driving smoother and knowing what behaviour negatively affects your tyre life.
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Frequently asked questions
How do you manage tyre wear in F1 23?
Managing tyre wear in F1 23 involves keeping your overall tyre temperatures low, not wheel spinning under acceleration and by driving smoothly through each corner.
How do you not overheat tyres on a F1 23?
Tyre overheating is a common problem in F1 23 and is a result of pushing too hard on your tyres. To prevent overheating try to drive more smoothly and focus on not locking your brakes and not wheel spinning when accelerating.
What causes tyre wear in F1 23?
Tyre wear happens as the level or rubber on your tyres wears down. This happens at an accelerated pace in a Formula 1 race due to how soft each tyre is. Driving harder on your tyres will increase the rate at which they wear in F1 23.