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F1 Manager » How To Manage Your Tyres in F1 Manager 22 – Complete Tyre Management Guide
Tyre management in F1 Manager 22 can be a tricky beast to master. In this guide I'm going to look at exactly what affects your tyre wear, and how you can make your tyres wear slower and last longer!
F1 Manager 22 lets you really step into the shoes of a team principal and strategist. And one of the biggest elements that you’ll have to manage during a race, qualifying or practice session is your driver’s tyres.
Good tyre management can allow you to open up your race strategy to give you a good advantage. But if you can’t quite nail your tyre management, you could be forced to make additional pitstops and lose time during a race.
In this guide, I’m going to run through how tyre management works in F1 Manager 22, and I’ll bring you my top tips for improving tyre wear during all sessions.
During a Grand Prix weekend, every driver has a specific allowance of tyres. Your driver cannot use additional tyres outside of this allowance. This means every driver will need to keep an eye on which tyres they’re using them and choose which tyres to use to ensure they don’t run out.
This allowance each weekend consists of a range of different tyre compounds, and each compound has its own specific performance benefits.
Soft tyres are the quickest tyres in F1 Manager 22 when conditions are dry. These will allow your driver to put in the fastest laps, but they also wear out the fastest.
Soft tyres are perfect for qualifying laps, as well as short stints during a race.
Medium tyres are possibly the tyre you’ll use the most. They provide a good balance between speed and durability. They aren’t as fast as the soft tyres, but they wear much slower, allowing them to be used for longer during a race.
Hard tyres are the slowest dry tyres in F1 Manager 22, but they wear slower than both other dry tyre compounds. These will allow you to run long stints during a race, but your pace will be slower than if you were using soft or medium tyres.
Intermediate tyres are a wet tyre that should be used when the track is damp or the rain is light. These don’t provide enough grip in heavy rain conditions to be usable. They should only be used when the water level on track is between 1-4mm.
The full wet tyre should be used for extreme rain conditions. They provide the most grip in wet conditions and should be used if the water on track exceeds 4+mm.
Every race weekend, each of your drivers has access to 13 sets of dry tyres, and 7 sets of wet weather tyres. These are divided by compound so your drivers will have a range of compounds throughout a race weekend.
Although this seems simple on paper, it’s actually a little more confusing than this, as there are some tyres that you can only use during certain situations.
When you jump into your first practice session of the weekend, you will see that some tyres are locked. This means they are reserved for later in the weekend.
One set of medium and hard tyres is locked for the race. This ensures that you always have at least one brand-new set of medium and hard tyres when you get to the race.
There is also one set of soft tyres locked, and this set is for the third part of qualifying. If you make it to Q3, you will be given this set of tyres to use. If you don’t make it to Q3, you will not receive this set of tyres at any other point during the race weekend.
There is also a rule where you have to hand back two sets of tyres after each of the three practice sessions.
Whichever tyres are the most worn after practices 1, 2 and 3 will be handed back and locked for the remainder of the race weekend. With this in mind, you should ensure that you fully utilise these two sets of tyres in each practice session.
So now we’ve covered the specific rules around tyres in F1 Manager 22, let’s take a look at exactly what affects tyre wear, and how best to manage it throughout a race weekend.
While your drivers are on track, everything they do will wear the tyres to some degree. For a start, each tyre compound has a different rate of wear. Soft tyres will wear the quickest, and hard tyres the slowest.
But how your driver uses their tyres also dictates how fast they wear.
While your drivers are on track, you have three areas where you can instruct your driver how to drive. Each of these areas will have an impact on how your driver behaves on track.
You can ask them to adjust their pace which directly affects their speed and their tyre wear. You can also ask them to use specific fuel modes which will impact their speed and fuel usage. And finally you can change their ERS deployment modes which will affect their pace and ERS usage.
While the pace command has a large impact on tyre wear, both the fuel and ERS commands also affect tyre wear to a lesser degree.
Your pace commands will impact how aggressive your driver attacks the track. This will impact their overall lap times with more aggressive commands resulting in faster lap times. The side effect of this is that faster pace commands will also increase the speed that your driver’s tyres wear.
You have five different commands under the pace tab. Each one has a lap time impact and tyre wear impact.
Selecting one of the more aggressive commands such as attack or aggressive will allow your driver to be faster on track. And these are useful if you are trying to close a gap to the car in front, or if you’re preparing for an overtake.
However, these will increase the speed that your tyres wear, resulting in them wearing faster. And this could lead you to have to make a pit stop earlier than planned.
If you need to make your tyres last longer, you can select either the light or conserve command. These will both instruct your driver to start lapping slower, but it will help them wear their tyres slower.
While the fuel and ERS commands don’t specifically show that they affect your tyre wear, they do have some impact. Much like the pace commands, you can instruct your driver to use more fuel or ERS to drive faster or slower on track.
If your driver increases their speed on track due to a fuel or ERS command, it will also increase their tyre temperatures and this is directly linked to tyre wear.
Hotter tyres will generally wear out faster than cooler tyres. This means that high fuel and ERS modes will indirectly increase tyre temperatures and tyre wear. While slower fuel and ERS modes will help you conserve tyres a little more.
The impact from these modes isn’t as high as with the pace commands, but there is still an impact.
Read our complete guide on ERS Management in F1 Manager 22 for a more detailed guide to ERS.
So with all of this information, what is the best tyre strategy to use during practice sessions? After all, you want to use all three practice sessions to improve each driver’s car setup and track acclimatisation.
But at the same time, you need to maximise your time spent on your tyres so you aren’t wasting tyre life of the tyres that you plan to use later in the weekend.
As mentioned above, after each practice session you need to hand back two sets of tyres. These will automatically be the two most worn tyres.
So it is a good idea to never use more than two individual sets of tyres during any one practice session.
I always start my drivers on hard tyres for the first practice session. Typically, I can get away with using just one set of hard tyres during practice 1. Despite only using one set of hard tyres, you still need to hand back two sets. So normally a set of hard tyres and soft tyres are handed back after practice 1.
In practice 2, I will use a set of medium tyres and a set of soft tyres. This is enough for 2-3 long runs throughout the practice session. These two sets of tyres will then be handed back at the end of the session.
Finally, in practice 3, I will look to use either two sets of soft tyres or one set of softs and one set of mediums. My choice comes down to the predicted race strategy.
It is recommended that you take a look at the circuit information to see the expected tyre strategies. Here you will see which tyres are likely to be used during a race.
Remember that during qualifying sessions, you will want as many new soft tyres as possible remaining. However, if the race is looking like you’ll need two sets of medium tyres, you may want to prioritise the race over qualifying.
At the end of practice 3, you will have just four sets of tyres available (not including the locked medium and hard tyre or the locked soft tyre that becomes available during Q3).
When you enter qualifying, your tyre strategy will be heavily dependent on whether you think you’re going to make Q3 or not.
The best case scenario in qualifying is that you have four brand new sets of soft tyres remaining (not including the locked soft that becomes available if you make Q3).
These four sets of softs should be used to get you through the first two qualifying sessions. If you are confident that you will easily make it out of Q1, you can look to only complete one run in Q1. This will save an extra set of soft tyres for Q3 should you make it there.
My ideal qualifying strategy is as follows;
This strategy works well if you are in a car that is fast enough to easily get out of Q1. If you are in a slower car, and getting out of Q1 isn’t guaranteed, you’ll need a slightly different approach.
If you are in a slower car, I would recommend the following qualifying strategy;
When it comes to a race in F1 Manager 22, your tyre strategy will really come into play. You will always get a brand new set of medium and hard tyres for the race. But you will often need to utilise other tyres to complete the race in the fastest time.
You’ll often be looking at utilising a used set of medium or soft tyres at some point during the race. So it is important to not take too much tyre life out of these tyres during qualifying.
Below is a range of example situations that often occur in F1 Manager 22. I’ve outlined the situation, and I will suggest a few tyre strategy calls that can be used in these situations.
If you know you’ll have a lot of overtaking to do during a race, you can adjust your race strategy accordingly before the race starts. Maybe you’re starting further back due to a bad qualifying, or you know that you have a faster car during the race.
Taking this into account, you can choose faster tyres to help you make overtakes on track. It may be worth selecting a set of soft tyres for the first race stint to allow you to overtake cars ahead of you easier. This will result in a lot of tyre wear, so you’ll need to plan for this later in the race.
If you are at a track where overtaking is hard and you’re trying to defend, it may be worth selecting hard tyres for the start of the race. This can allow you to hold up cars around you and make their races tricky. This is a great tactic if one of your drivers can hold back cars while your other driver drives off into the distance.
If throughout a race weekend your tyres are wearing faster than expected, you can adjust your race strategy before a race starts. Either opt to run a hard stint instead of a medium stint, or maybe add an additional pitstop to allow yourself to use faster tyres.
An extra pit stop can sometimes be faster than trying to conserve a set of hard tyres for a long race stint.
If you are mid-race and you find that your tyres are wearing faster than expected, you have a few options.
If you are at a stage of the race where you feel comfortable, you can ask your driver to slow their pace and conserve tyres. This will make them lap slightly slower but will decrease how fast your tyres are wearing. This is useful when stuck in a DRS train, or you have a large gap to the car behind.
You have two additional options that you can access if you click your driver’s profile picture. You can ask them to avoid kerbs or drive in clean air. Both of these will help reduce tyre temperature and will help reduce tyre wear. These come at the expense of not being as attacking on track, meaning overtaking will be harder with these enabled.
The third option is the most drastic, and that is to adjust your strategy and make an additional pit stop or change the tyres that you will go onto during your next pit stop. Adding an extra pit stop will result in you losing 20+ seconds, but can be worth it for a fresh set of tyres, or if you can gain the time from not being stuck behind other drivers.
You can also change which tyres to go onto next. If you were scheduled to go onto medium tyres during your next pitstop, you could opt for a set of hard tyres instead. This would mean you’ll be slightly slower on track, but your tyres will last longer.
If you are in the lucky position that your tyres are wearing slower than expected, you have a few options. You can allow your driver to push their pace which will increase tyre wear. This option lets your driver lap faster every lap and it will bring tyre wear back in line to where it should be.
Alternatively, you can keep preserving your tyres and potentially run longer into the race. Going long in a race can open up different strategies such as running a soft tyre instead of a medium at the end of the race. Or if you’re preserving tyre life really well, you can even convert a two-stop strategy into a one-stop and save yourself 20+ seconds.
Choosing when to pit for new tyres is one of the hardest decisions during any race. Ideally, you will time your pit stop to give you the best advantage.
This could be when you have a big gap behind you, so you won’t be exiting the pits behind slower cars. Or it could be later than planned if your tyre wear is better than expected.
Always try to keep an eye on the white line compared to the coloured bar in the tyre graphic. Predict when it will reach around 30% which is indicated by the faint white block at the bottom of the graph. This is when you will start to really struggle on your tyres and lose a lot of lap time.
In some races it may be beneficial to pit before you reach 30% tyre life. If you are stuck behind slower cars ahead, you can pit into clean air to increase your lap time. Or you may have to cover off a driver close to you and pit earlier than expected.
Safety cars are a fantastic tool to use when timing your pit stop in F1 Manager 22. During a safety car or a VSC you will lose much less time in the pits as cars on track will be going slower.
If a safety car or VSC comes out when you are close to your pit window, I would highly suggest considering making a pit stop a little earlier. This may require you to conserve your tyres later in the race, but will save you around 10 seconds during your pit stop.
Hopefully, these tyre management tips for F1 Manager 22 will help you manage your races to perfection. Good tyre usage during a race weekend, and a clever tyre strategy during the race can allow you to perform better than your car should allow.
Good tyre strategies and good awareness of cars around you will allow you to make smart strategy calls during a race. Don’t worry if the first few races are tricky, or you try something that doesn’t quite pan out. Learn from that, take these tips into consideration and put all of that knowledge to good use in future races.
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