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Esports: The Racing Point Drivers’ Guide to F1 2020

July 28, 2020
2020
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Austria? Check. Hungary? Check. Weekend off mostly [okay… entirely] spent playing the new F1 2020 game from Codemasters? Check.

 

Yes, we’ve dived into the brilliant new instalment in the F1 series to pick out a few tips and tricks. So, without further ado, here are the results of our ‘research’ into mastering the art of driving on F1 2020.

 

Get Stylish

 

We don’t mean fashion – we mean racing! New to F1 2020 is the Race Style, which is a handy little feature designed to get you in the cockpit and going wheel-to-wheel with your non-Racing Point rivals at a level that suits you.

 

But don’t just stop here. To get the most out of F1 2020, work between Casual and Standard modes and get customising on those assists to balance challenge and reward. Taking time to test here can create a much more fun experience!

 

Rise of the Machines

 

Recent Formula 1 games have made a giant leap forward in AI and it makes the offline modes really pop!

 

With a sliding scale of 1-100, there's an F1 level of attention to detail to ensure the computer matches up against you perfectly.

 

We recommend jumping into Grand Prix mode and testing yourself on a triple-header – beginning with a high-speed circuit like Austria, then a low-speed venue like Hungary and finishing at the excellent all-rounder that is the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

 

Qualifying offers you a direct benchmark against your team-mate. If the gap is more than a few tenths either way, raise or lower the difficulty in multiples of 10.

 

The Grand Prix will then determine whether your AI difficulty adjustments were valid or not and by the end of the triple-header, you should be all set!

 

Get Real

 

F1 2020 can offer a very difficult but ultimately realistic experience with elements such as ERS, DRS and any other acronyms you can think of.

 

It’s best to run with these assists as automatic while you get to grips with the game – but it’s so much more challenging to factor these into your strategies while blasting along at over 150mph. You’ll often find yourself setting faster laps too…

 

F1 2020 has also streamlined ERS, which makes it more manageable. DRS is still about your reaction times, hitting the button to open the flap as soon as you cross the start of a DRS zone.

 

But in the case of ERS, there are four modes to manage, automatically optimised for each circuit. There’s no ERS, medium ERS, hot lap mode and overtake mode to pick from.

 

The key to ERS is to use it in lower gears on the exit of corners, boosting you out of traction zones and helping you fly up the gears – but don’t do it too early or you’ll spin out!

 

It can also be useful at race starts, and managing ERS – without overusing it – is key on high-speed tracks.

 

Use the Community!

 

Want to extract those final tenths out of the car? You’re going to need to dive into the complex world of car set-up.

 

Don’t be daunted though! F1 2020’s very active community is here to help. Codemasters’ official forums and leading Esports teams have plenty of resources and advice from fellow gamers and streamers.

 

Try various suggested set-ups, make minor tweaks to suit you as you go along and you’ll soon be well-versed in switching from set-up to set-up across the 2020 calendar!

 

Become the Rain Master

 

If you’ve followed our tips and are now racing at a much more advanced level, heavy rain really will throw a spanner in the works.

 

But don’t fret. You can soon find yourself mastering the wet conditions and dominating in style with just a few adjustments.

 

Spinning is extremely easy to do but this can be avoided by ensuring you gradually get back onto the power out of corners and only hit full throttle when the car is pointing straight.

 

Finally, make sure you’re braking a second or two earlier than you usually would. It ensures you’re able to both slow down and avoid locking up and skating off.

 

Practice these wet driving tips in France, where the run-off will punish your mistakes but without sizeable crashes that can set you back to square one.

Austria? Check. Hungary? Check. Weekend off mostly [okay… entirely] spent playing the new F1 2020 game from Codemasters? Check.

 

Yes, we’ve dived into the brilliant new instalment in the F1 series to pick out a few tips and tricks. So, without further ado, here are the results of our ‘research’ into mastering the art of driving on F1 2020.

 

Get Stylish

 

We don’t mean fashion – we mean racing! New to F1 2020 is the Race Style, which is a handy little feature designed to get you in the cockpit and going wheel-to-wheel with your non-Racing Point rivals at a level that suits you.

 

But don’t just stop here. To get the most out of F1 2020, work between Casual and Standard modes and get customising on those assists to balance challenge and reward. Taking time to test here can create a much more fun experience!

 

Rise of the Machines

 

Recent Formula 1 games have made a giant leap forward in AI and it makes the offline modes really pop!

 

With a sliding scale of 1-100, there's an F1 level of attention to detail to ensure the computer matches up against you perfectly.

 

We recommend jumping into Grand Prix mode and testing yourself on a triple-header – beginning with a high-speed circuit like Austria, then a low-speed venue like Hungary and finishing at the excellent all-rounder that is the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

 

Qualifying offers you a direct benchmark against your team-mate. If the gap is more than a few tenths either way, raise or lower the difficulty in multiples of 10.

 

The Grand Prix will then determine whether your AI difficulty adjustments were valid or not and by the end of the triple-header, you should be all set!

 

Get Real

 

F1 2020 can offer a very difficult but ultimately realistic experience with elements such as ERS, DRS and any other acronyms you can think of.

 

It’s best to run with these assists as automatic while you get to grips with the game – but it’s so much more challenging to factor these into your strategies while blasting along at over 150mph. You’ll often find yourself setting faster laps too…

 

F1 2020 has also streamlined ERS, which makes it more manageable. DRS is still about your reaction times, hitting the button to open the flap as soon as you cross the start of a DRS zone.

 

But in the case of ERS, there are four modes to manage, automatically optimised for each circuit. There’s no ERS, medium ERS, hot lap mode and overtake mode to pick from.

 

The key to ERS is to use it in lower gears on the exit of corners, boosting you out of traction zones and helping you fly up the gears – but don’t do it too early or you’ll spin out!

 

It can also be useful at race starts, and managing ERS – without overusing it – is key on high-speed tracks.

 

Use the Community!

 

Want to extract those final tenths out of the car? You’re going to need to dive into the complex world of car set-up.

 

Don’t be daunted though! F1 2020’s very active community is here to help. Codemasters’ official forums and leading Esports teams have plenty of resources and advice from fellow gamers and streamers.

 

Try various suggested set-ups, make minor tweaks to suit you as you go along and you’ll soon be well-versed in switching from set-up to set-up across the 2020 calendar!

 

Become the Rain Master

 

If you’ve followed our tips and are now racing at a much more advanced level, heavy rain really will throw a spanner in the works.

 

But don’t fret. You can soon find yourself mastering the wet conditions and dominating in style with just a few adjustments.

 

Spinning is extremely easy to do but this can be avoided by ensuring you gradually get back onto the power out of corners and only hit full throttle when the car is pointing straight.

 

Finally, make sure you’re braking a second or two earlier than you usually would. It ensures you’re able to both slow down and avoid locking up and skating off.

 

Practice these wet driving tips in France, where the run-off will punish your mistakes but without sizeable crashes that can set you back to square one.

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