F1 2021 plays really well with a wheel once it is configured properly. Unfortunately, much like earlier games in the series, the default settings for the Logitech G29 or G920 don't do the game, or the wheel, justice.
The steering angle, in particular, needs to be set properly for the game to be even playable. The default force feedback settings have the vibrations set way too high, making these wheels sound like they are about to break apart when you hit a kerb. Thankfully, these issues are easily corrected by applying the right settings.
A lot of people mistakenly believe that maximizing the force feedback settings means the force feedback is more "realistic." The true purpose of the force feedback is to give you information about the track surface and how much grip the tires have. In real life, this would be felt through g-forces and the shaking of the car.
Unfortunately, these lower-end wheels can only put out so much power before they are completely overwhelmed. At that point, you no longer get any information about the track or car. It's better to lower the settings and get more useful information through the wheel, than it is to just have it feel heavy all the time.
In this guide, we will first look at the settings you need to set in G HUB, if playing on a PC. Then we will look at the in-game settings to improve the force feedback.
G HUB Settings
The default steering angle in this game uses the full rotation of your wheel which is way too much for an F1 car. They typically have a maximum 360° rotation, meaning you can turn the wheel 180° to the left and 180° to the right. While technically possible to set this in-game, it's much easier to simply set this in G HUB.
Create a new profile for F1 2021 with the following settings:
F1 2021 Settings
In Game Options > Settings > Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback > Logitech G29 / G920:
If you are having trouble braking properly, try binding Brake/Reverse to the Clutch pedal. In the F1 games, I find it easier to get the right pressure using the clutch, given the stiffness of the brake pedal. This is certainly going to be subjective and dependent on many factors, but I have seen other people suggest the same thing, so it might be more common than I realize.
In Game Options > Settings > Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback > Logitech G29 / G920 > Calibration:
I raise the Steering Linearity to make the wheel a little less sensitive when the wheel is centered, though this is purely personal preference.
In Game Options > Settings > Controls, Vibration & Force Feedback > Logitech G29 / G920 > Vibration & Force Feedback:
|Vibration & Force Feedback||On|
|Vibration & Force Feedback Strength||45|
|On Track Effects||15|
|Rumble Strip Effects||30|
|Off Track Effects||35|
Vibration & Force Feedback Strength is the overall strength of the force feedback. Raising it too much starts to overwhelm the wheel, making the wheel feel heavy and lifeless. I find the range of 40-45 works best. This also scales the vibration effects, so if you lower this, you will have to raise the vibration effects to compensate and vice versa.
On Track Effects is the vibrations felt based on the track surface.
Rumblestrip Effects is the vibration felt when running over a kerb.
Off Track Effects is the vibration felt when you leave the track.
Wheel Damper gives just a little bit of weight to the wheel when the car is stopped.
Understeer Enhance drastically lightens the wheel when you start to understeer. I find this more distracting than anything. The wheel lightens so much when you start to understeer that it feels more like the wheel is broken rather than something that is happening to the car.
F1 2021 plays great once you get the steering angle and force feedback set properly. Like its predecessors, it doesn't have the most amazing force feedback ever. Most corners tend to max out the force feedback, which makes the wheel feel lifeless. That said, once I'm actually in a race, I don't even think about it.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.