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Different types of tracks benefit from different car setups. Use the video guide below to get a feeling for some of the general guidelines of how you should set up your car for a particular track. However, keep in mind that your own playstyle may be better-suited to something different. Use these setups as a guide, but then experiment to find the best setups for yourself.
ERS (Energy Recovery System) is no longer exclusively automatic in this entry in the series. You still can set ERS to automatic if you prefer, but you can also set it to have manual control over the ERS. This will give you several different options you need to manage at once, which will make it more difficult, but will ultimately give you more benefits once you master it. Use the video guide below to learn how to understand ERS and how to manage it.
Your setup for one track might not be the ideal setup for another track. Take the types of tracks into consideration as you prepare your cars.
If you’re having trouble, don’t forget that taking a look at the ghost data from fast players will also allow you to see the sort of car setup they’re using.
Instead of trying to start with something all-new, consider working with a default setup and gradually improving and adjusting it as you get used to the setup and your racing style. Sticking with the default might give you difficulty, but working your way up from it will help you figure out the best setup.
If you’re using the anti-lock braking system, you should increase your brake pressure to the maximum, which will shorten the distance you need to brake.
If you’re using traction control, set it to medium for better speed when going around corners.
Your behavior in career mode is actually important in addition to your driving, as it will influence both how your team views you (and different teams have different preferences) and how the media views you.
Due to the way you develop your car in career mode, it is better to start with a lower-ranked team and work your way up. This will give you more options and let you customize your setup more easily than if you start with one of the higher teams.
Complete all of the tasks in a practice section to get the maximum amount of points to contribute to your development.
Think about upgrades carefully and make sure you’re investing your resource points wisely. You don’t want to invest in something that won’t help you, but on the other hand, there can be mid-season rule changes that could take away some of your advantages. Aim for a balanced approach that emphasizes your strengths without ignoring the rest.
Be careful when using the “return to garage” option. While this does get you back without you actually having to drive back, some players have reported an unusual increase in wear on their tires after using the option.
Teams have different preferences about whether they want a player that shows more sportsmanship (humble, more focused on the team) or showmanship (proud, more focused on yourself). If your attitude is in line with what a team wants, they will be more inclined to be interested in you, although ultimately your skill takes priority.
The following teams prefer sportsmanship:
The following teams prefer showmanship:
However, there is evidence that suggests a team’s preferences are actually inverted—meaning that a team that values sportsmanship will give you a better contract if you skew toward showmanship. It is possible that this is a bug and will eventually be patched.
Additionally, some players have found that if you want to improve your chances of moving up the grid instead of down, it is best to aim for a balanced approach between sportsmanship and showmanship.