F1 Transmission Driving Technique
At the risk of exposing my lack of experience driving an F1 transmission, I am reaching out to the community to provide me some advice.
I have driven manual transmissions all my life, but this is my first Ferrari and of course my first time with a F1 transmission. As a first timer, I am realizing that I need to improve my skills in driving / shifting techniques that I am comfortable with. Let me start by describing some of things that I have found to have been a problem for me:
The first time I drove a F1 transmission on the Ferrari, I started from rest in first gear and the car immediately started bucking back and forth. As I tried to feather the throttle, I only exasperated the situation. I had to shift to neutral or 2nd gear. It was very disconcerting.
My early experience with the car, when up-shifting, especially in the lower gears, were not what I would call smooth. As a long timer manual transmission guy, I always tried to make my shifts (especially at lower speeds) smooth enough that one did not feel the gear change. The Ferrari with the F1 would reward me with a noticeable sensation of gear change ...especially if I did as the owner manual suggested and not lift the throttle during gear changes. The shifts are very abrupt. Now I know one reason why there are no cup holders in the car.
I have read some posts from others here on developing a better technique to improve my driving experience and I am developing my skills. To describe what I am doing ...
First, when starting in 1st gear, I try to GENTLY apply the throttle ... like having a raw egg between my foot and the throttle. But, sometimes, I forget and the car bucks a bit. Starting in 2nd gear offers one way to ameliorate the bucking, but I believe that wears the clutch faster.
I am developing my technique to gently back off the throttle when up-shifting to make the up-shifts smoother. I have seen in some posts that some members do this and some do not. Of course, gentle acceleration and not revving the engine too high before up-shifting will also result in smoother up shifts.
When slowing down in traffic, I down shift through the gears to 3rd gear. Then as I roll slowly I will shift directly to neutral to minimize clutch wear. Coming up to a stop light or stop sign, rolling along in 3rd down to about 10mph and then going to neutral seems to work well for me. I believe brake pads are less expensive than clutch plates.
The most annoying issue I have is developing a naturally smooth technique when starting in 1st gear. Am doing something wrong? Is there something that can be adjusted on the car? Have others experienced this characteristic? I feel like such an idiot when the car bucks back and forth. I would really welcome some feedback on some things others are doing to start from rest in first gear and make the car pull away nice and smooth.