How to win the F1 Esports Series semi-finals
The F1 Esports Series semi-finals are held on the British and Brazilian Grand Prix circuits. Here's what the racers will need to do to win in Silverstone and Interlagos.
The tracks the racers will be battling it out on will be Silverstone and Interlagos, the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Let’s take a look at the essential corners, overtaking places and that all-important car setup.
The set up
Low wing angles – Straight line speed is essential, especially on the start/finish straight and the long straight between the Senna “S” and Descida Do Lago. It will influence the handling of the car in the corners but there are other ways to maintain good grip in the corners and keep the speed along the straights.
Soft rear suspension – There are very few heavy braking zones around the track so you can get away with having soft suspension to absorb the bumps of the track. Be careful when accelerating as the soft springs can have a negative effect on the aerodynamic stability of the car.
Move the ballast to the rear – It’s important to have the car performing well in the corners and by moving the ballast to the back of the car, it is less likely to understeer.
If you’re looking to win in Brazil, you’ll need to be quick and consistent through the following corners:
The Senna “S” – With a slight downhill slope on the entrance to the corner, you can carry a fair bit of speed through the first half of the “S” but it’s important to hit the apex otherwise the car will run wide for the second part, losing all the momentum from the beginning of the corner.
Descida Do Lago – Like the Senna “S”, it’s certainly possible to maintain a quick speed through the corner but there is a risk of running wide onto the slippery astro turf. Hitting the apex is critical for a fast line up the hill into the low speed turns in the middle of the lap.
Mergulho – This particular turn can catch you out due to its sweeping nature. The trick is to be easy on the power at the top of the hill while keeping the car stable before the next corner, Junçao.
Junçao – The final corner before the long run up to the start/finish line is easy to get right but also very easy to get wrong. The inside curb is slightly raised meaning an aggressive line is risky but does unsettle the balance of the car. If you can clip the outer edge of the curb, you should get a nice run onto the right side of the track for the best traction up the hill.
The best overtaking spots
There are a few spots around Interlagos which are ideal to get past another car. The first spot is the Senna “S”. With DRS wide open down the pit straight, you can dive down the inside into the corner, overtaking the other car before the Curva Du Sol.
If you’ve just been overtaken down into the Senna “S” there’s still a chance to get the place back! Keep close to the other car down the straight and with the help of DRS, move to the inside line before Descida Do Lago, take the tighter line and close the door on the other car to take the position.
If you’re feeling brave and want to recreate Lewis Hamilton’s infamous overtake on Timo Glock in 2008, you can get past cars at Junçao. A good run down the hill is all you need and you can position your car on the tighter inside line to squeeze the other car onto the grass. It’s a risky move but when done right, it really pays off!
Silverstone has been on the F1 calendar since the 1950s and is a favourite with both fans and drivers. Maggots and Becketts are among the greatest sequence of corners on any racetrack in the planet.
The set up
Balanced wing angles – Silverstone consists of a mixture of high speed and low speed elements. I found that going with a wing angle of six on both front and rear gave me a good amount of straight line speed and good stability in the corners.
Soft rear anti-roll bars – Adjusting the rear anti-roll bars to a softer setting will give the car more traction through the likes of Copse, Maggots and Becketts. This is where you want to have a lot of control over the car.
Move the ballast slightly forwards – Oversteer is the last thing you want to experience going around Silverstone. By moving the ballast towards the front of the car, it reduces the amount of oversteer which is critical in the high-speed corners of the circuit.
Village – Village is the first heavy braking zone of the lap. A wide entrance means you can carry a lot of speed into the corner before slowing the car down for The Loop.
Brooklands – This tricky medium speed corner gets tighter as you turn in so it’s easy to miss the apex and run wide, ruining your line for Luffield.
Copse – After the old start/finish line is Copse, a corner which is now taken at full speed thanks to the higher levels of downforce. You can get away with clipping the curb on the inside and run wide onto the runoff area but the high speeds do make the car a bit uncontrollable on the exit.
Maggots – Almost immediately after Copse is Maggots and Becketts, a rapid left to right switch taken at nearly full throttle. Getting the car turned into Maggots is the easy part, but with a high fuel load you might find yourself shifting into 7th gear to maintain the traction through the corner. Vale is one of the slowest corners of the circuit. A 3rd gear left hander is relatively simple to master and is a great place for any last minute overtakes before the start/finish line.
The best overtaking spots
Village – This is a very easy place to gain places at the beginning of the race thanks to the width of the track. Grab the inside line and you’re bound to make up a few places.
Brooklands – Brooklands is the corner immediately after the first DRS zone so it’s pretty straightforward to overtake here. You should have the extra speed down the Wellington Straight, making it easy to get past down the inside of the corner but you don’t want to run wide into Luffield.