F1 24 Racing Wheel Settings Guide: How To Set Up Your Racing Wheel

Discover how to set up a racing wheel in F1 24. I'll show how to configure a racing wheel, adjust force feedback and calibration settings and recommend some key settings to adjust.

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Driving the incredibly fast Formula 1 cars in F1 24 with a racing wheel is undoubtedly one of the most immersive ways to hit the track in this year’s game. You can certainly play F1 24 with a controller and have a really fun time. However, adding a racing wheel and pedal set to the mix can boost the immersion and realism.

F1 24 has a range of preset settings for a good number of popular racing wheels, but not all wheels have their own preset configuration. And many preset settings aren’t the best and can be improved upon.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up a racing wheel in F1 24. I’ll also show the wheel settings, including calibration and force feedback settings, and recommend some changes to make to ensure your racing wheel feels its best on track.

Watch our How to set up a racing wheel in F1 24 video

Below is a complete video rundown of setting up any racing wheel in this year’s F1 24 game.


Racing wheel or controller?

Before we look at the racing wheel settings, the first question is whether F1 24 is best with a controller or a racing wheel. F1 24 bridges the gap between simulation and arcade physics and gameplay. This makes it a unique game that can be played with both a controller or a racing wheel.

Normally hardcore racing sims like iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione are best suited for racing wheels and arcade titles like Need For Speed set up for a controller. F1 24 sits in the middle, meaning you can enjoy it with both input methods. Personally, I race with a racing wheel due to the added immersion.

InputProsCons
Racing wheel– More immersion
– More detailed input control
– Can be expensive
– Takes up space
Controller– More relaxing
– Versatility to play anywhere
– Cheaper
– Not as immersive
– Less control

If you are racing with a controller, check out our recommended F1 24 controller settings guide for a detailed explanation of how to set one up and which settings to change.

Compatible racing wheels for F1 24

If you already have a racing wheel or are considering buying one for F1 24, it is important to check whether it is compatible. The most popular racing wheels from brands such as Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec are supported and have their own preset configurations.

However, even racing wheels that aren’t immediately recognised in game can be used with F1 24. Devices that support Direct Input can be used in F1 24. These include racing wheels from brands such as Simucube and Asetek.

Read our complete guide on F1 24 compatible racing wheels to see if your wheel, or the wheel you’re considering buying is listed.


Setting up a racing wheel in F1 24

When you have decided on whether you’re racing with a wheel or controller, the next step is to set up your racing wheel. This is a bit more complex than setting up a controller but it doesn’t have to be too tricky.

As long as you ensure that your racing wheel is compatible with F1 24 and it is connected correctly to your Xbox, PS5 or PC, the setup process should be pretty straightforward.

Follow the steps below on how to correctly set up your racing wheel to ensure it works in F1 24

  1. Connect your racing wheel to your PC or console
    First, ensure your racing wheel and pedals are connected to your PC or console, powered on and working. If you are racing F1 24 on a PC, ensure the software for your racing wheel is open, and the firmware is up-to-date.
  2. Calibrate your racing wheel in F1 24
    When you first start F1 24, go to the calibration settings. Perform a button test to ensure all of your inputs are recognised, and then adjust the calibration settings if necessary.
  3. Change in-game force feedback settings
    The force feedback settings in F1 24 affect how your racing wheel vibrates and reacts to certain events. You can use our recommended FFB settings for your wheel. I’ve included links in this guide.
  4. Change button mapping
    You can adjust the button mapping after configuring your calibration and force feedback settings. You can change any input by scrolling to the input you wish to change, selecting it and then pushing the new input.
  5. Change wheel settings on your wheel or via PC software
    Most racing wheels come with software to change settings and update firmware. For Fanatec wheels, this is Fanalab, and Logitech uses G Hub, for example. Many wheels also let you adjust settings directly via your steering wheel. Most Fanatec wheels, as do the Thrustmaster T248 and the Logitech Pro wheel, let you do this. Adjust the wheel settings using our recommendations using either the software or the steering wheel.

In the sections below, I’ll examine each area of the setup in more detail and provide links to our recommended wheel and force feedback settings for each wheel.


Calibrating and calibration settings

When you load into F1 24 for the first time, you should first check your controller settings before heading into a time trial or race session. The calibration settings are among the most important as you can check to ensure your racing wheel is working correctly, and fix some key input settings if it isn’t.

Button test

You can perform a button test from the controller settings menu. The button that starts this will depend on your wheel. Once started, you can press any input to ensure it is working. The input you press will be shown on the screen if it is.

Three bars show you your steering, throttle and brake input. These should all be at zero when not applying any inputs, and you should be able to hit 100% when you fully depress your throttle and brake pedal and rotate your steering wheel to full lock.

F1 23 calibration button test

If you cannot hit 100% input, you can calibrate your wheel and pedals via your wheel’s software or increase the saturation setting in the calibration menu. This option is available for the pedals and wheel individually and will reduce the amount of input you need to reach 100% in-game input.


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If values do not read 0% when nothing is pressed or turned, you may need to adjust the deadzone. This can again be done via your wheel’s software or by adjusting the deadzone setting in the calibration options. You should only increase the deadzone as far as is required for no input to be registered.

Changing calibration settings

The calibration settings are designed to allow you to make small adjustments, like the deadzone and saturation mentioned above. They should be adjusted until your racing wheel feels “normal.” That means all inputs are registered correctly, and the wheel feels normal.

Outside of the deadzone and saturation, two additional settings are worth looking at. These are the linearity which is available for each input, and the steering rate.

F1 24 Calibration controller settings

What does the linearity setting do?

The linearity in F1 24 adjusts the input curve of your steering, throttle, and brake inputs. By default, you will have a linear input curve. That means if you apply 30% throttle, the same input will be applied in the game.

Increasing the linearity will adjust this curve into a logarithmic curve to give you more control at the start of the pedal travel and steering input. For example, you can increase the linearity to result in you pressing the pedal 30%, and only 20% input is registered in game.

I wouldn’t suggest adjusting this setting too much with a wheel. It can be useful to gain more precision over acceleration at low speeds or your steering at higher speeds, and is crucial when setting up a controller in F1 24.

Should I adjust the steering rate setting in F1 24?

The steering rate can be seen as a sensitivity setting. It is designed for controller players and shouldn’t be used when using a racing wheel. You will want your steering inputs to be mirrored in game, so leave this at default.


Recommended force feedback settings

With your racing wheel setup, calibrated and working in game, we can now look to change the force feedback settings in F1 24. When racing with a wheel, this section lets you really configure how the force feedback feels on and off track.

Quick Tip – What is force feedback?

Force feedback is the term for the vibrations that can be felt through the steering wheel. They’re generated by your racing wheel and driven by the in-game physics. If you do something in F1 24, such as riding over a kerb or spinning your wheels, you’ll feel vibrations through your racing wheel.

All racing wheels will feel different when you first start racing in F1 24. A more powerful direct-drive racing wheel will highlight different sensations that other wheels may not. Even two wheels that produce similar power such as the Logitech G923 and Thrustmaster T248 can feel incredibly different.

This wheel to wheel difference in force feedback means there isn’t the perfect single set of FFB settings that are best for all wheels. Instead, each racing wheel works best with slightly different force feedback settings.

Below are some quick links to our recommended F1 24 force feedback settings for some of the most popular racing wheels.

F1 24 force feedback settings explained

F1 24 doesn’t include the highest amount of force feedback settings to tweak, however, the ones it does include let us change some key areas. The strength setting changes the intensity of the feedback, while the on track, rumble strip and off track effects all change the force feedback strength of each different surface.

The wheel damper setting is one of the more important settings as this directly changes how your wheel feels. This setting is designed to simulate friction through your tyres. Increasing the damper setting will make your wheel feel heavier. Lowering it will lighten your wheel. It is important to keep some damping in your steering wheel, although you don’t want too much to the point where your wheel feels heavy or sticky.

The wheel rotation setting lets you change the maximum steering lock. This should normally be kept at or close to 400° as this feels good with the new F1 24 handling model. You can make small adjustments which will affect the overall sensitivity of your inputs.


Button mapping and changing inputs

One of the last areas of your racing wheel settings to change in F1 24 before heading out on track is the button mapping. This section of the controller settings allows you to change what each input on your steering wheel controls.

F1 23 controls menu

Most racing wheels will have a preset configuration, but you may want to make adjustments based on your own preference. If you are using a racing wheel that doesn’t have a preset such as a Simucube 2 Pro wheel, you can create your own custom button mapping from scratch.

Below is the default button mapping configuration for most racing wheels.

ActionRacing wheel input
AccelerateThrottle Pedal
BrakeBrake Pedal
Steer LeftSteering Wheel Turned Left
Steer RightSteering Wheel Turned Right
PauseStart/Menu
Gear UpRight Paddle Shifter
Gear DownLeft Shifter Paddle
ClutchClutch Pedal
OvertakeX/A
Next CameraR3
Camera Free LookFunky Switch (If your wheel has one)
Look BackR2
Replay/FlashbackSelect/View
DRSL2
Pit LimiterL2
Radio CommandsSquare/X
Multi-Function DisplayO/B

How to change the button mapping in F1 24

You can change any of the predefined button maps. Simply scroll down to the control that you wish to change, select it and then press the new input. This will change the input on your steering wheel that is used to control that setting while racing.

While creating your own button configuration, be careful of clashes. If you try to set a button that already has another function, the menu will show an alert icon. You can fix this by assigning the original input to another button.


Overview

Once you have completed all of the steps above, your racing wheel should be feeling pretty good. Adjusting settings such as the calibration and force feedback settings can have a big impact on how your racing wheel feels. With a little adjustment, you can drastically improve your experience with a racing wheel in F1 24.

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Frequently asked questions

Should I use the default racing wheel settings in F1 24?

The default settings for racing wheels in F1 24 are designed to feel OK on track. Tweaking the settings can improve the overall force feedback and I would recommend adjusting the settings and trialing a few variations. You can follow our recommended settings for your racing wheel as a good starting point.

What to do if my racing wheel isn’t recognised in F1 24?

While EA Sports has done a decent job of creating preset configurations for many popular racing wheels, some wheels do not have a preset configuration. If your wheel is not recognised, you can create a brand-new controller preset. You will need to manually set all of the button inputs, but your racing wheel should work. This is common for high-end racing wheels from brands such as Asetek and Simucube.

Do I need to calibrate my racing wheel?

Unlike some racing sims like iRacing, there isn’t a traditional calibration process in F1 24. Instead, there are a range of calibration settings that let you adjust your controller inputs. It is definitely worth checking to ensure you do not need to adjust the deadzone and saturation for your wheel or pedals.

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Article written by Rich

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Rich is the co-founder, and one of the main F1 setup creators and content writers for SimRacingSetups. With over a decade of experience as a graphic designer, marketing director, competitive sim racer and avid motorsport fan, Rich founded SimRacingSetup.com to share his passion and knowledge of sim racing and Formula 1 with other sim racers.

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