F1 2021 Game: Controls Guide for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Racing Wheel

Codemasters’ latest official Formula One racing game has arrived; here are the F1 2021 controls that you’ll need to know to compete on the track.


Getting to grips with F1 2021 early on is, of course, going to help you out massively, and with a game that reflects a sport as complex as Formula One, learning all of the controls is essential.

For long-time F1 game players, you’ll find that the controls haven’t changed much, if at all, over the last few games.


Still, for those new to the game, here are all of the F1 2021 controls for each platform and for anyone using a racing wheel to help you literally get up to speed.

F1 2021 Controls for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Series X|S

F1 2021 Controls for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Series X|S
ActionPC ControlsPS4 / PS5 ControlsXbox One / Series X|S Controls
AccelerateAR2RT
BrakeZL2LT
ReverseZL2LT
Steer Left,(L)(L)
Steer Right.(L)(L)
PauseEscOptionsMenu
Gear UpSpaceXA
Gear DownShiftSquareX
ClutchSpaceXA
Next CameraCR1RB
Camera Free Look (console only)N/A(R)(R)
Look ForwardHomeN/AN/A
Look BackEndR3R3
Look LeftDeleteN/AN/A
Look RightPgDnN/AN/A
Replay/FlashbackXTouchPadView
DRSFTriangleY
Pit LimiterFTriangleY
Radio CommandsTL1LB
Multi-Function DisplayNum. 0D-PadD-Pad
MD Menu UpUp ArrowUpUp
MFD Menu DownDown ArrowDownDown
MFD Menu RightRight ArrowRightRight
MFD Menu LeftLeft ArrowLeftLeft
Push to TalkSD-PadD-Pad
OvertakeMCircleB

For the purposes of the F1 2021 controls above, the left and right analogue are listed as (L) and (R), pressing them is shown as L3 and R3, and the buttons on either console controller’s d-pad are denoted as Up, Left, Right, or and Down.

F1 2021 racing wheel controls and button mapping

In the table below, you’ll find all of the default controls for using a racing wheel with F1 2021 on any platform, as well as the optimal mapped controls to suit both PlayStation and Xbox configurations.

F1 2021 racing wheel controls
ActionRacing Wheel Controls
Turn Left/RightWheel Axis (x-axis)
BrakingLeft Brake Pedal (middle if you have clutch pedal set)
ThrottleRight Throttle Pedal
Clutch For Race StartHold Gear Up Lever, Release When Lights Out
DRS OpenL2/LT
Pit LimiterL2/LT
Gear UpRight Gear Paddle
Gear DownLeft Gear Paddle
Clutch In/OutRight Gear Paddle
Deploy OvertakeX/A
Change CameraR3
Rear ViewR2/RT
Select Multi-Function DisplayO/B
Multi-Function Display (MFD) CyclingD-Pad On Wheel
Select Team RadioSquare/X

You can configure the wheel to suit what you think will be the best button mapping, so for controls like DRS, overtake, and the pit limiter, you can set different buttons.


How to remap the F1 2021 controls

To remap you F1 2021 controls, before heading onto the track, go to the Options menu from the F1 2021 main menu, select Settings, and then go to the ‘Controls, Vibration and Force Feedback’ page.

After that, select the controller or wheel that you’re using and then ‘Edit Mappings.’ Here, you can remap the buttons of your F1 2021 controls.

To do this, hover over which button you want to change, press the appropriate select button (Enter, X, or A), and then press your new mapping before saving the custom controls.


How to navigate the menu on PC and with a racing wheel in F1 2021

For PC players, there is sadly isn’t any mouse support again for the game. So, to cycle through the menus, you will need to use the Arrow Keys to select a page, Enter to proceed, Esc to go back, and F5 or F6 to cycle between sections.

If using a racing wheel to navigate the F1 2021 menu, use the trigger buttons to move across the pages, pressing either X/A to select and proceed or Square/X to go back to where you were. The game will always show what buttons you need to press at the top of the main menu.

How do you save the game in F1 2021?

Each F1 2021 session – be it practice, qualifying, or Braking Point chapters – will save automatically upon completion or just before the start of the next session.

So, if you finish qualifying, the game will save before you exit to the main menu. Likewise, if you finish qualifying but proceed to the race and then decide to exit, the game will save prior to loading the race, taking you straight to the intro for the race should you quit before finishing.

Mid-session saves are also a feature whereby you can save the game halfway through a race, qualifying, or practice session. To do this, pause the game and cycle down to ‘Mid-Session Save’ to save the game, after which you can carry on or exit.

How do you make a pit stop in the F1 2021 game?

If you’re set to perform a pit stop manually, you’ll need to:

  • Drive your car down the pit lane;
  • Brake to meet the speed limit for the pit lane as late as possible to activate the Pit Limiter;
  • Activate the Pit Limiter (F/Triangle/Y);
  • The game will carry your car to the pit box;
  • Hold the Clutch button (Space/X/A) to rev the engine while the tyres get changed;
  • When the light turns green, release the Clutch button;
  • As you exit the pit lane, press the Pit Limiter button (F/Triangle/Y) and Accelerate (A/R2/RT) away.

For those who have pit stops set to automatic, simply drive into the pit lane entry and then the game will take you into the pits, sort out your pit stop, and get you back onto the track automatically. You won’t need to take over until your car is back on the race track.

Now that you know the F1 2021 controls on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and when using a racing wheel, all that you need is the best track setup.

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Henry K

Keen player of both simulation and racing games. Can mostly be found playing the F1 series, Train Simulator, Assetto Corsa, with a bit of Battlefield thrown in between.
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