F1 Manager 2020: Beginners guide and tips

Be the best on the racing tracks!

F1 Manager 2020 has taken the motorsport racing world by storm. From Career Mode to Multiplayer, this year’s edition has everything in store for every type of gamer. Naturally, with popularity comes the need to be good at the game. Do you feel you struggle to keep your car in check? Forget where to turn and end up flying into the tire barrier? Fret not, we’ve got you covered with this handy and essential beginners guide! With this F1 Manager 2020 beginners guide, you too can start racing. All it takes is patience and practice. Here are the basics of the 2020’s Strategic game will be displayed.

Discovering the Controls

One of the most crucial aspects of any gameplay experience, your settings can make or break your gameplay. While Audio, Video, and Gameplay options fall under Optimisation tweaks, Controls and On-Screen Display options definitely help you race better. It is perfectly okay to race with the default key bindings provided you learn what each key does. The most important functions to remember whether you drive using a keyboard, controller or a racing wheel are Accelerate, Decelerate, Steering, DRS button, the Overtake button, and the Multi-Function Display (MFD) button. You can also learn the Voice Command button which can help you cover the majority of MFD tasks as well as give you a radio comps feel while racing.

F1 Manager 2020 Guide

Speaking of graphics, we suggest tweaking your settings to get a stable 30 FPS at the very least. Run the Benchmark mode with Monaco GP at night time during heavy rain for the perfect estimation. This will give you optimal performance without compromising heavily on the graphics. Lastly, speaking of camera options, almost every YouTuber and esports player prefers the TV Pod cam or the Offset cam, which in all fairness, works pretty well for the majority of players. But, the Cockpit cam is the way to go to get the maximum realism and really feel the thrill of racing. We suggest you change the Field-of-View for the Cockpit cam to 0.7 in order to see the side view mirrors. It is also advised to turn on the Rear View mirror option.

F1 Manager 2020 Assist guide

A revolutionary feature added to F1 2020 is the Casual Handling Mode. This handling feature is a boon to all controller and keyboard racers which lets you focus purely on the race and leave the steering and track limits, off-road driving, and other nitty-gritty mechanics in the hands of the AI. Having tried that mode out, we can confirm that it does help amateur drivers and certainly gives an advantage to pad users but we still prefer the vanilla experience. It’s still a cool feature to use nonetheless. We recommend keeping the Dynamic Racing Line assist turned on always. Ensure it is set to 3D and for the full length, not just corners. Once you feel comfortable with your car and the tracks, you may turn it off.

F1 Manager 2020 Playing guide

During the race, you control two pilots. The higher the place of your pilots in the ranking, the more points they will receive. You can control the speed of each car and decide when they go to the pit stop. However, the faster you drive, the more fuel is consumed and the faster the tires wear out. Refueling is prohibited during a pit stop – so make sure you have enough fuel until the end of the race.

Win Conditions

Each car that finishes the race receives points. The higher your place in the ranking, the more points you will receive at the end of the race. Your goal is to get more points than two cars from your opponent. Often this means that it is not necessary to strive to take first and second place – to win it is enough to score more points than the opponent.


The Qualification takes place automatically after each race and determines the starting position of your cars and cars of your opponent. It is always considered the fastest lap time for the specified pilot and car. After qualification, you can choose which tires you want to use at the beginning of the race.

Choosing Tires in a race

 You can choose between three types of tires: Soft, Hard, Wet.

F1 Manager 2020 Guide

Soft tires are the fastest, but at the same time they wear out quickly (that is, they will have to call in a pit stop earlier). Hard tires are slower but last longer. Wet tires are best in wet weather. These strategies can be equipped with the right combinations of the car parts to acquire victory.

Pit stops

In Pit Stops, you can change tires. You can choose between three types of tires: Soft, Hard, Wet. Also during pit stops, any component that failed during the race is repaired. In the pit stop, you can stop as much as you like, but it is important to remember that refueling is prohibited! It is important to correctly calculate the fuel level so that it is enough for the entire race.

Getting boxes

There are four ways to get boxes:

  • Crates of supplies are awarded as rewards for winning the race.
  • Racing boxes can be obtained by collecting 100 racing points. Racing points are points that your two pilots receive at the end of the race.
  • A free box can be opened every 4 hours.
  • Boxes can be bought for bucks in the store.

Guide to understand Pilot Strategies in F1 Manager 2020

Every pilot have 6 different strategies.


 Determines how many overtaking opportunities a pilot sees.


Determines how effectively the pilot can prevent overtaking.


A high level of constancy means that the pilot goes through circles for about the same time and adheres well to the strip. These statistics also increase the chance of a quick start in the race.

Fuel management

A high level of fuel management reduces fuel consumption during races.

Tire management

A high level of tire management reduces tire wear during racing.

Driving in the rain

Improves pilot performance in wet weather.

Component Statistics

Components have five Statistics. They are :

  • Power: Determines the maximum speed and acceleration of your cars.
  • Aero: Minimizes air resistance and improves speed in fast corners.
  • Clutch: Improves car contact with the track and speed on slow corners.
  • Reliability: Reduces the likelihood of component breakdown during the race.
  • Average time in the pit stop: Shows how much time on average your cars spend in the pit stop. The shorter the time, the faster the stop.

Guide for Series and Flags in F1 Manager 2020

You can choose a race in one of seven series. At the beginning of the game, only series 1 will be unlocked. For each victory in the race, you will receive flags as a reward. The number of flags awarded per race depends on the series. For each series, there is also a maximum number of flags that can be obtained in this series. Winning a race in a higher series is awarded a large number of flags. However, if you lose, you also lose flags. The number of flags required to unlock a series is indicated on the panel of each series. The cost of participating in races increases with each series – while the size of the prize also rises. In this F1 Manager 2020 Guide, we will cover all the Seven Series with tips for you.

The Seven Series

Series 1

Tracks – Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy); Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Canada); Hockenheimring (Germany)

At the start of the game, you don’t have the choice to use your two original pilots and your starter parts. Your goal will be to target drivers who have good management of fuel and tires. For example Norris, Perez, Grosjean, or at least Kvyat.

Bottas and Giovinazzi are to be saved for later because Bottas is an epic card and Giovinazzi obtains 100% tire management only at level 9. Generally, soft tires are better than hard tires. It’s important to ride on the green the first laps to save your fuel (and tires) and continue driving on the red with your two drivers on the last 2 laps (or the last 3 depending on your fuel). Avoid stacking. (stacking is the fact of having your 2 pilots blocked at the same time at the pit).

Even if your pilots get stuck from time to time in the pit it doesn’t matter. Try to space your drivers by boosting the first one on the red >>> mark and leave your second driver on the green to change tires. To minimize the risk of stacking, you can alternate the stops between your pilots. For example: stops on turn 3-3-2 with Albon and stops 2-3-3 with Stroll.

Series 2

Tracks – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain); Hungaroring (Hungary); Circuit Paul Ricard (France).

Equip Kvyat as soon as you unlock it because it is faster on the last laps. Avoid series 3 because the strategy is different. Get all the flags from series 2 and go to Series 4. As for your formula 1, essentially increase aerodynamics and speed.

Series 3

Tracks – Silverstone Circuit (UK); Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium); Red Bull Ring (Austria).

Before starting this series, it is better to have improved your car and reduced the pit stop time to limit the risk of the stack. Use your pilots with the best stats in the rain. Upgrade the Norris, Perez, Grosjean drivers and continue to upgrade your auto parts.

Recommended parts:

  • Brakes: Soft Touch / The Chute
  • Gearbox: The Shredder / Sync Star
  • Rear spoiler: Wind Tunnel
  • Front spoiler: The Turbulence / Laser Lock / The Rollercoaster
  • Suspension: The Profiler
  • Motor: Zen / Free Wheeler.

Series 4

Recommended pilots: Perez and Norris – Grosjean

Series 4 is much more difficult because your cars cannot run 3 laps on softs due to the high temperature. If you’re stuck, the best thing to do is to collect Race 2 race points and unlock Norris. Once you have equipped Norris and Kvyat, you will only have to collect the flags of series 4 and move on to series 5. Always the same strategy, roll the first laps on the Green in order to save money and roll on red the last 2 or 3 laps.

Strategy for 3-3-2 on an 8-lap race (changing tires on the 3rd and 6th lap). What is important is to be able to drive red after changing tires on the 6th lap. If you have a lot of gas, make your 3rd round on red and start 6th round on red until the end. When it comes to your car, focus on aerodynamics and speed. The grip is useful but secondary to this series.

Recommended parts:

  • Brakes: Soft Touch / The Chute
  • Gearbox: The Shredder / Sync Star
  • Rear spoiler: Wind Tunnel
  • Front spoiler: The Turbulence / Laser Lock / The Rollercoaster
  • Suspension: The Profiler
  • Motor: Zen / Free Wheeler.

Series 5

Tracks – Sochi Autodrom (Russia); Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico); Autodromo Joso Carlos Pace (Brazil).

Recommended drivers: Grosjean and Norris.

The first two pilots were chosen because of their great fuel management. Use the usual strategy 3-3-2. Roll on green the first laps and roll on red the last 3 laps. You can also boost your 3rd round if you have enough gas. Regarding your vehicle, favor aerodynamics.

Recommended parts :

  • Brakes: The Chute
  • Gearbox: The Shredder / Sync Star
  • Rear spoiler: Wind Tunnel
  • Front spoiler: Laser Lock / The Rollercoaster
  • Suspension: The Profiler
  • Motor: Zen / Free Wheeler.

Series 6

Tracks – Shanghai International Circuit (China); Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit (Australia); Suzuka International Racing Course (Japan).

  • Recommended drivers: Grosjean and Perez – Norris
  • Alternative: Bottas level 4 and Perez.

Because of the frequent rains in this series, it is interesting to favor strong pilots in wet weather. Perez has very good rain capacity and better tire management than Norris. In addition, he is the best driver for the Suzuka circuit. Shanghai and Melbourne follow the same strategy as Series 5 unless you use Perez who can only run 2 laps at a faster pace. The alternative is to use Bottas from level 4 and Perez. At level 4, Bottas benefits from a great regularity. The regularity allows for better results in qualification and thus to start the race in better places. Bottas and Perez will start the race in good places, this will compensate for the bottom results of Bottas in the rain. When it comes to parts improvements, you still need to focus on aerodynamics but balancing the grip a little will also be important.

Recommended parts :

  • Brakes: The Chute
  • Gearbox: Sync Star
  • Rear spoiler: Wind Tunnel
  • Front spoiler: Laser Lock / The Rollercoaster
  • Suspension: The Profiler
  • Motor: Zen / Free Wheeler.

Series 7

Tracks – Circuit de Monaco (Monaco); Baku City Circuit (Azerbaijan); Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore).

  • Recommended drivers: Grosjean and Perez
  • Alternative: Bottas level 4 and Perez

Grosjean has a lower regularity. The starting positions of Perez and Grosjean will have widespread which will decrease the risk of the stack. Monaco: use the 5 -3 strategy.The last 3 laps on red. If your tires and petrol allow you, also make the 5th lap on the red. Baku: use the 3-3-2 strategy. Marina Bay: use strategy 4-3. The first 3 laps on green and the last 3 laps on red. The choice of parts in series 7 is more about grip. You will need to balance your stats because the grip is much more useful than before. Good speed, good grip, and good aerodynamics.

Recommended parts:

  • Brakes: The Chute
  • Gearbox: Sync Star
  • Rear spoiler: Wind Tunnel
  • Front spoiler: Laser Lock / The Rollercoaster
  • Suspension: The Profiler
  • Motor: Zen / Free Wheeler.

Basic tips while playing F1 Manager 2020

  • Beware of the first corner at the start.
  • Try to practice at a low speed.
  • Be smooth with steering.
  • Memorize the breaking point for each corner.
  • Use drive assists for easier steering.
  • The free boxes pay according to the unlocked series, the higher you are more you will win.
  • A free box every four hours and you can store two.
  • Remember to take the coins and the free boxes.
  • The boxes also evolve according to your series.
  • The race’s boxes are endless! Score as many points as possible to earn gold and cards.
  • These boxes will help you well at the start of the game because gold is necessary to play and improve your team.
  • Driving on green saves a lot of gas and tire!
  • It is difficult to overtake in the first half of the race.
  • Soft and hard tires withstand rain up to 30% humidity.
  • If you can’t win 3 out of 5 games, go down to the previous series.
  • Generally, soft tires are better than hard tires.

Hope we gave our best analysis and basic guides on the game. Stay tuned for more guides.

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