Best F1 2021 Wheel and FFB Settings

Are you looking to improve your lap times in F1 2021?

Every sim racing driver knows that the key to a good lap time is finding the right setup for your car. But did you know that the same is true for your steering wheel?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the best wheel settings for F1 2021.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced driver, these tips will help you find the perfect setup for your wheel.

We’ll go through calibration and FFB settings, as well as some general tips for setting up your steering wheel.

If you’re new to sim racing, or if you’re just looking to improve your lap times, then these tips will help you find the perfect setup for your steering wheel.

Before we get started, it’s important to note that these settings are only a starting point. Everyone’s driving style is different, so you may need to make some adjustments to find what works best for you.

With that said, let’s get started!

1. Calibration Settings

The first step in setting up your steering wheel is to calibrate it. This process ensures that your wheel is working properly and that the game is reading your inputs correctly.

As you can see from the screenshot below, we recommend setting saturation and dead zone to zero since they will give you the most precise control over your car.

Most professional F1 sim racers have the same philosophy when it comes to saturation: the less you have, the better.

F1 2021 wheel settings - calibration

A dead zone is a small area around the center of your wheel where the game doesn’t register any input. This can make the steering input less precise and at the same time less realistic.

2. Vibration settings

Another important aspect of the steering wheel setup is vibration. These settings determine how much vibration you feel through the steering wheel when driving.

f1 2021 wheel settings options

To adjust the vibration settings in F1 2021, go to the “Edit” tab in the wheel options menu and select “Vibration & Force Feedback”.

f1 2021 wheel settings

From there, you can adjust the overall strength of the vibration, as well as the individual settings for each type of vibration. Those include:

  • On track effects
  • Off-track effects
  • Rumble strip effects

As with the FFB settings, it’s important to find a balance with the vibration settings. If the vibration is too strong, it can be difficult to control the car.

Conversely, if it’s too weak, you may not feel all of the bumps and vibrations that add to the realism of sim racing.

3. Force Feedback Settings

After you’ve calibrated your wheel and figured out your vibration setup, it’s time to adjust the force feedback (FFB) settings. These settings determine how much force you feel through the steering wheel when driving.

It’s important to find a balance with the FFB settings. If the FFB is too strong, it can be difficult to control the car. Conversely, if it’s too weak, you won’t get the full experience of driving an F1 car.

F1 2021 wheel settings - vibration and wheel rotation

As you can imagine, high-end steering wheels like the Sim Cube and Fanatec Podium F1 will require different settings from the low-end Logitec G29.

Here’s a general rule of thumb: the more advanced the steering, the less FFB strength needed and vice versa.

High end wheels (Fanatec DD1, Accuforce, Simucube, etc…)

  • Vibration & FFB Strength: 55 to 65
  • On Track Effects: 17 to 20
  • Rumble Strip Effects: 20
  • Off Track Effects: 20
  • Wheel Damper: 0
  • Understeer Enhance: On

Mid-range and belt-driven wheels (Fanatec CSL & Clubsport, Thrustmaster T300, etc..)

  • Vibration & FFB Strength: 70 to 80
  • On Track Effects: 22 to 25
  • Rumble Strip Effects: 25
  • Off Track Effects: 20
  • Wheel Damper: 0
  • Understeer Enhance: On

Entry-level wheels (Logitech, Thrustmaster T150, etc…)

  • Vibration & FFB Strength: 85 to 95
  • On Track Effects: 30 to 40
  • Rumble Strip Effects: 30
  • Off Track Effects: 25
  • Wheel Damper: 15
  • Understeer Enhance: On

4. General settings Tips

Here are some general tips to keep in mind when setting up your steering wheel:

Make sure you have the latest drivers and firmware installed for your wheel.

Here’s where you can install and calibrate your wheel Firmware settings

Fanatec https://forum.fanatec.com/discussion/843/f1-2019-pc-fanatec-recommended-settings

Thrustmaster – https://support.thrustmaster.com/en/kb/107-en/

Logitech (only for PC players) – https://support.thrustmaster.com/en/kb/107-en/

And finally remember that for all setups, ‘Vibration and Force Feedback should be ON at any give time.

That’s because the FFB signals will add to the vibrations and give you a more realistic feel for the car.

And as you can imagine, that will help you drive better and faster.

Conclusion

That’s all there is to know about how to set up your steering wheel in F1 2021. Just remember to take your time with the process and find a wheel setup that works for you.

If you’re still having trouble, make sure to check out our other F1 2021 guides for more help.

You can also check on Youtube wheel settings tutorial for each specific steering wheel so that you can get an idea on what’s the best settings to use.

As always, happy F1 sim racing! 🙂

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