F1 2021 is finally here. However, just like any other game released recently, the game still has some performance issues. Recently, we’ve seen many players complaining that F1 2021 FPS drops on their PC, which makes it almost unplayable. If F1 2021 FPS drops on your PC, or if you’re suffering from in-game lag and stuttering, don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. Although this issue is quite frustrating, you should be able to fix it on your own easily after reading this article!

Try these fixes

Here’s a list of fixes that have resolved this problem for other players. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Install the latest game patch
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Set the Power Plan of your PC for high performance
  4. Optimize in-game graphics settings
  5. Modify graphics card settings
  6. Disable overlays
  7. Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar

Install the latest game patch

The developers of F1 2021 release regular game patches to fix bugs and improve gaming performance. It’s possible that a recent patch has caused the game crash issue, and that a new patch is required to fix it.

If a patch is available, it will be detected by Steam, and the latest game patch will be automatically downloaded and installed when you launch the game.

Launch F1 2021 to see if the FPS is back to normal. If the in-game FPS still drops, or there are no new game patches available, move on to the next fix, below.

Update your graphics driver

If you haven’t updated your graphics driver for a long time, you should update or reinstall the driver, because outdated or faulty graphics drivers may be causing the F1 2021 FPS dropping issue.

There are mainly two methods for you to update the graphics driver:

Manually – To update your graphics driver to the latest version, you’ll need to visit the manufacturer’s website, download the exact driver, and then install it manually.

Automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your graphics card, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
    Scan now
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
    update graphics driver using Driver Easy
    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.

    (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
  4. Once the driver is updated, reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Set the Power Plan of your PC for high performance

In Windows 10, you can customize the power plan on your PC. In most cases, the power plan on PCs are configured to Balanced by default, which may limit the operating capacity of your graphics card and CPU.

If you’re experiencing performance issues like FPS dropping, try modifying the Power Plan of your PC for the Best Performance. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
    run dialog - powercfg.cpl
  2. In the pop-up window, expand Hide additional plans and select High performance.
    control panel power options

Launch F1 2021 and check if you get a better PFS. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.

Optimize in-game graphics settings

Optimizing the graphics settings is another fix that may boost the in-game FPS, especially if your PC barely meets the minimum system requirements of F1 2021. If you have a powerful PC, just skip this fix.

Normally, the in-game PFS will increase after you lower some in-game graphics settings. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch F1 2021 and go to GAME OPTIONS > Settings > Graphics Options > Video Mode. Modify the settings and make it as below:

    Display Mode: Fullscreen
    Vsync: Off (Note: If you’re experiencing screen tearing or similar issues, you need to enable Vsync by setting it to ON.)
    Frame Rate Limit: Off
    Anti-aliasing: Off
    HDR: Off
  2. Confirm and save the changes. Then go to GAME OPTIONS > Settings > Graphics Options > Advanced Setup. Change the settings below:

    Lighting Quality: Low
    Post Process: Low
    Shadows: Low
    Smoke Shadow: Off
    Advanced Smoke Shaows: Off
    Particles: Off
    Crowd: Low
    Mirrors: Low
    Ambient Occlusion: Off
    Screen Space Reflections: Off
    Texture Streaming: Ultra Low
    Vehicle Reflections: Ultra Low
    Weather Effects: Low
    Ground Cover: Low
    Skidmarks: Off
    Skidmarks Blending: Off
    SSRT Shadows: Off
  3. Save the changes and relaunch the game to see if F1 2021 FPS drops.

If the FPS in F1 2021 still drops, try the next fix, below.

Modify graphics card settings

Some players fix this issue after modifying their graphics card settings. If you haven’t tried this fix, just tweak your graphics card settings in Nvidia or AMD control panel to see if the in-game FPS boosts.

For Nvidia users, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the context menu.
  2. Click Manage 3D Settings on the left, then navigate to the Program Settings tab. In the Select a program to customize: part, add F1 2021 from the program list.
  3. In the Specify the settings for this program section, modify the following settings:

    Image Sharpening: Off
    Threaded Optimization: On
    Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode: Off
    Vertical sync: Off
    Texture filtering – Quality: Performance
  4. Click Apply to save the changes.

For AMD users, follow the steps below:

  1. Open AMD Radeon Settings.
  2. Go to Gaming > Global Settings. Then modify the settings the same way you see on the screenshot below.
    AMD Radeon Settings

Run F1 2021 to check if the in-game FPS increases. If not, move on to the next fix, below.

Disable overlays

Overlays are handy, but sometimes they may interfere with F1 2021 and even introduces performance issues and compatibility issues.

Some PC gamers have reported that disabling the in-game overlay would improve the FPS in F1 2021. If you’re using the in-game overlay, just disable it to see if the in-game FPS improves.

There’re many apps that support overlay features. Here I’ll take the Steam Overlay as an example to show you how to turn the in-game overlay off in Steam:

  1. Launch Steam and go to your LIBRARY, then right-click on F1 2021 game title and click Properties….
    Steam game properties
  2. In the GENERAL section, Uncheck Enable Steam Overlay while in-game.
    Disable the Steam Overlay

If you’re using other apps with overlay features, such as Discord, Nvidia GeForce Experience, Twitch, etc., make sure you’ve disabled the in-game overlay in those apps feature before you restart the game.

Launch F1 2021 again after you disabled all the in-game overlays. See if F1 2021 fps drops. If this issue persists, try the next fix, below.

Disable background recording and Xbox Game Bar

The background recording and Xbox Game Bar feature in Windows 10 are convenient for those who love sharing game highlight videos. However, once enabled, they’ll constantly run in the background, hogging a ton of resources.

If you’ve turned on background recording and Xbox Game Bar, try disabling them to see if the in-game FPS will improve. Here’s how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I key at the same time to open Windows Settings. Click Gaming to open Windows 10 gaming settings.
    Windows 10 settings gaming
  2. Turn off the toggle under Xbox Game Bar if it is turned on.
    Turn off Xbox Game Bar
  3. Click Captures on the left, then turn off the toggle under Background recording if it is turned on.
    Turn off background recording

Run F1 2021 to see if you can play it smoothly.

Hopefully, one of the fixes in the article helped you fix the FPS dropping issue in F1 2021. Feel free to leave us a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on this issue. Thanks for reading!

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