To successfully participate to qualifications there are three steps to do: assemble the cars, set first pitstop strategies and regulate the cars. All these settings must be do at least one hour before the start of qualification.
In races page follow the link assemble your cars for qualification. From the drop-down menu you can choose the pieces and the drivers to use for two cars. Once all the choices are complete you will see the image of both the cars complete. Remember that the settings are not saved until you click on the OK button at the bottom of page.
Set the first pitstopEdit
In races' page under qualifications strategies you need to set the first pitstop of the race before the qualifying because the cars run with the amount of fuel needed to make the first race stint. In this page you can set only the first pitstop and if you wanna do 2 or more pitstops you have to go to race strategies and set all other pitstop with a maximum of four. Since there is no way you can change the first pitstop (even not anticipated) and it's useful to program before qualifying pitstop strategy that you wanna use in the race. After qualification you can make some changes but it is clear that it's very difficult to move from a one stop strategy into a three-stop strategy.
Regarding the fuel capacity on the tank you have to observe the 57% rule: the tank of your car gives you the possibility to run just the 57% of total laps without refueling. Your race's strategy is conditioned by 57% rule so you must make at least one pitstop and plan the pitstops so that between two stops, or between a stop and the arrival, you will not exceed this limit or the car maywithdrawal.
Example: In a circuit with 60 laps the 57% is 34.2. Thus the autonomy of the car is for 34 laps. If you make only one pitstop on lap 20 the car will retire shortly after the 54th lap.
For qualifying, you can't set the attitude of the driver (calm, aggressive or normal) then the planning of the strategy is limited to the setting of the first pitstop.
Where the cars are set correctly, but you have not set the first pitstop, the car will make the qualification lap with a full fuel load and then in the race will make an extrapitstop on the first lap. Certainly is a big disadvantage but this still allows you to participate at the race.
Tip: sometimes make a pitstop earlier or later of some laps can be successfully but in general to optimize the strategy it's useful to divide the race in stint of the same length.
The settings of the carEdit
Once assembled the car you can set the regolations of the car based on the characteristics of the circuit (bends, inclinations and weather) and the characteristics of the drivers.
For a complete explanation of cars' adjustments is useful to read the guide settings.
Tip: There is no reliability problems in qualifying so adjusting brakes and suspension to zero allows you to run faster.
The causes of withdrawal in qualificationEdit
When the car is not set correctly may result a withdrawal of the driver in qualification, in the textual display of the race appears the word Disqualified driver. The causes of this disqualification are three: one or more components is missing in car assembly or a piece has reached the condition of 0% or a car component is below the minimum. In the first case when you set the car you have forget to select a piece or, as happens very often, when you have assembled the car everything was ok but afet you have sold one or more componets of the car. In these cases, in races page you can see that the writing assemble your car is marked red. When the configuration of the car is ok that writing is blue. Even if the car is assembled in all the components there can be a withdrawal if just a single component is completely worn (if it has a condition of 0%). When you run with worn components you are much slower than the same piece repaired and in 100% condition so it's always advisable to repair the parts that you will use in qualification and race.
All the components of the car have to satisfy a minimum of components. For every piece counts the PVI except for engines for which counts only the HP as shown in the following table:
|Engine:||at least 101 HP|
|Electronic:||at least 13 PVI|
|Braking system:||at least 42 PVI|
|Suspension:||almeno 42 PVI|
|Transmission:||at least 43 PVI|
|Aerodynamic:||at least 43 PVI|
|Tyres:||at least 41 PVI|
The table shows the condition that each car's component must comply to be used in order properly (in both qualification and race and also during the test sessions), conditions are very low base and in the market you can find pieces that richly satisfy these limits at only 1,000 € . Warning: If a piece is below the limit threshold or is completely worn the assembly of the car will be correct (and therefore in races page the writing assemble your car will be blue) but its use will lead to a sure withdrawal.
But you can run the race if in qualification your driver is disqualified? Yes, of course if you have set the driver.
The driver is in fact the only component that you can not be changed between qualification and race, if you set up the driver and then for some reason it fails the qualification you can participate to the race (starting from late position), of course if you have solved the problem that led you to withdrawal.
Tip: into the page assemble your car you can choose to set the car as default for: only this event, qualification and race or from this event onwards. At first race, if you select from this event onwards, you will have a default car assembled until the end of the season. Even if the componets of the car chenge, the drivers realistically remains always the same so even if your car was disqualified in qualification you can run the race.