Originally Posted by Exediron
Hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right! I'm surprised my KERS didn't fail when it was obvious I was going to out-qualify Seb...
Well, in F1 Parc Ferme is in effect so you're stuck with using whatever setup you had for qualifying in the race. I usually set my cars up for qualifying/late race, although I probably overdid it here judging by my qualifying margin. So that might be a contributing factor. My starts aren't usually great but at least I usually keep even with the guys behind, so if I'm on pole I typically make it first to the first corner.
After re-running the race I've figured out some theories: first possibility is that there's something wrong with the car, and I can't rule it out - it isn't the engine though, because I'm definitely low on grip not power (well, both really - this engine is definitely getting changed before Spa); the second theory is that because I didn't do any high-fuel runs the lines I'm using just don't work on a high fuel load and I need to find some new ones. That's probably what it is, I think. It's also possible that Seb and Checo both under-fueled their cars and won't be able to keep up their pace - I wasn't in too much danger of being passed by the rest of the field, after all (until I crashed out of frustration, that is).
I'm going to try running the race again and experimenting with new lines / throttle applications (the gearing is also qualifying gearing, so I'm only using 7th gearing on the final straight) and see if that makes a difference. If it does, I'm definitely going to make a point of doing a full-fuel practice from now on
Some observations and tips I've gathered and been advised on:
-- It takes a few laps to get the grip going, atleast in GTR2 it takes around 2-3 laps to get the heat in (there's no pre-heating of tyres like in F1).
-- Fuel plays a role, yes. The race starts with a full tank, and the car isn't as nimble as in qualifying.
-- The setup plays a *huge* role. A more grippy setup is good for short runs, in a long race the tyres will quickly lose their grip.
-- *Consistency* is the rule. Whatever the laptime, it needs to be consistent throughout the race. That's what holds your position on the grid. I used to go 'all-in' in the first few laps; it's a gamble, all that progress can be lost in a jist if the car spins out.
-- Go into qualifying with a slightly safer profile, more neutral, less oversteer. When the car is loaded the oversteer can cause a loss of grip on throttle lift-off.
-- Slow and fast. Slow entry, fast exit. Depends on the track, though.
-- Usually the highest gear should be set such that you never redline the engine on the straight.
-- Monitor the engine specs, where's the power band? It makes quite a difference.
-- Gearing to match the corner configuration....the car should be in the power band when its time to exit....this one I find is the hardest, but has a big payoff.
-- The engine's max RPM also matter. A lower limit allows for quicker gear changes, a higher limit gives more revs to play with.
In the end it also depends on the realism of the simulation. I'm not sure what's the quality like for F1, and what all aspects can you control.
Lastly, I've been thinking of using a full steering wheel + pedals setup for a long time, just haven't got the space for it . I bet my controls have become the bottleneck.
As a general advice, take a look at "Tune to Win" by Carroll Smith. Its the best book I've read on tuning race cars. There's some good scientific explanation, and a very thorough analysis of what makes great drivers great, where they push the limits and so on. Once you get a hang of it, you'll be able to tune the car just as you want.
Edited by proton007 - 2/26/14 at 6:28pm