GPRO Manager - FAQ (v0.3)
This FAQ is
intended to give answers to general questions about the game. If you think of
one or more questions that should be in here, then please mail the webmaster or
post something in the forum.
Special Thanks goes for Salvatore
Difficille, Jonathan Lupton & Hans Barf
doing almost all the work for this FAQ!
Last update by Chris Whiting
: Added questions and answers,added sections(Warm-up, wings, testing,
Whiting Start©), updated repair and GPFun sections, corrected formatting errors.
1. What is a brainstormgroup?
Sometimes new ideas for the game
are discussed in the forum. If the idea appears to be fruitful for the game a
brainstorm group (BSG) may take over the discussion, work out the idea in more
detail and give advise to Sergi on whether or not it is a useful idea for the
2. How can I join a BSG?
The 3 to 6 members of a BSG are usually those who are most active
during a particular discussion. They are invited by the chairman to join a BSG.
What kind of setup do I have to foresee for brakes?
You can trim your brake balance
back or forward. Depending on the circuit shape your pilot will advise you in
the practice and warm-up lap of the adjustment to be done. Set brake balance more
to front means set value higher.
4. I think I found a bug in the game. What
should I do?
Report it in the forum, and/or to
Sergi, otherwise youíll might get punished (e.g. car level reset to 1, money
reset to $0), . You can find his email address at the bottom of the webpage.
What's the purpose of the chief mechanic?
A chief mechanic will reduce repair
costs. It will reduce also the pit time.
Can I contract a chief mechanic if Iím in G3 or G4?
No, Chief Mechanics are only
available in G2 and G1. The gain in cost of repair will not cover their salary
in lower divisions.
7. What is the function of the chairman?
The chairman is the intermediary
between managers and Sergi, the creator of GPRO. The chairman is the one who
co-ordinates the BSG's.
What does mean the big red R behind the name of a pilot?
ĎRí stands for retiring. This means
that the Driver has decided to end his carrier at the end of the season. You
can still offer him a renewal for some races but the contract will end with the
season. He will not continue with the team manager who contracted him. He will
not be available on the driverís market next season.
What happen if I got qualified with a Driver that will no longer be mine when
the race starts?
You keep your time, you can even continue next qualification or
warm-up with the new Driver
How can you know how much salary you will have to pay your driver when you want
to renew his contract?
Half will be paid immediately as
fee, the other half will be divided by the number of races in the contract and
added to the current salary. The pay rise starts when the old contract stops.
What happens if you offer a contract to two different drivers at the same time?
The driver with higher rating will
make his decision first. If the higher rating driver refuses, the lower rating
driver will then decide whether he will accept or not.
My driver is retiring. Can I still offer him a new contract?
The drivers retiring still accept
contract renewal but they will leave after the end of the Season.
How to fire my driver?
You can fire your driver by hiring a new driver. But you'll have
to pay a compensation of half of the total salary that you'll have to pay him
until the end of his current contract.
My driver has 2 races left in the contract. If I offer him a renewal now (10
races), will he have 12 races left then or 10?
12, he will first continue his old
contract for the remaining 2 races (with old salary), and then start new
contract for new salary.
15. I offered a renewal of the contract to my
driver, but I also made a bid to a new driver. When the new driver accepts my
offer, how much compensation do I have to pay to my old driver?
You donít pay nothing more, you
already paid a lot for the renewal of the driver.
What kind of setup do I have to foresee for engine?
You can trim your engine balance to
prefer low revs or high revs. Depending on the circuit shape your pilot will
advise you in the practice and warm-up lap of the adjustment to be done.
17. What is GPFun?
GPFun is separate game of GPRO. Look for more details in the rules
and help of GPFun.
18. Do I need to play GPFun together with
No, you don't
19. When do I get the money I earned through
You no longer receive money for GPRO, from GPFun.
20. How much fuel do I need for the race?
You need between 3 to 6 L per lap,
depending on the circuit. Take note of your strategy and the race analysis and
you can figure out rough fuel consumption.
What kind of setup do I have to foresee for gear?
You can trim your gear to suit
traction out of corners or to achieve high speed at straights. Depending on the
circuit shape your pilot will advise you in the practice and warm-up lap of the
adjustment to be done. If the driver wants more power on straights set value
What happens if I run out of money?
You get a negative balance. In the
standing, if you finish a race in negative a capital red N will appear the end
of your name. Indicating to the other managers that you have a negative
Do I have any kind of limitation if I have a negative balance?
- You cannot propose a new contract to either a driver or a chief mechanic.
cannot renew a new contract of the current driver (when less then
cannot train your driver.
- You cannot propose or join a team with another manager.
Does the importance of the debt matter for restrictions on the game?
Yes. Between $ Ė1 up to
$-14,999,999 you cannot repair more than 30 % of your part usage per race. From
$ -15,000,000 your drivers morale drops down to zero, you cannot repair you
part usage at all; you can run only one qualifying lap.
Is there any limit at the negative balance?
No, but if
you end the season with a negative balance, you will be relegated or not
What happens if I end the season with a negative balance?
- Managers that end the season in the Top 5 of one of the G2, G3 or G4 groups
with a negative amount will not get promoted and the next manager in the
- Managers that end the season in the top 25 of the G1 group with a negative
amount will be relegated to one of the G2 groups and best manager in the last
15 of the G1 group will stay in G1. Expect the Champ that will loose his title.
- Managers that end the season in the top between place 6 and 25 in one of the
G2 (or G3) groups with a negative amount with a negative amount will be
relegated to one of the G3 (of G4) groups.
Can I start the season with a negative balance?
No. In case
the Manager ends the season with a negative balance, he will have his car parts
sold automatically, until he gets a positive amount of money. The selling price
will be half the buying price. The first parts to be sold will be the most
Do you get any money (for "position in race") if you crashed?
You get the money corresponding to the position
where you finished. As an example if you finish 20th (crashing) then you'll
earn the money for that position, even if the Manager in the 21st position
Do I get money transferred from GPTM, betting game and the GPFUN?
No games give money to GPRO anymore.
30. What do the cars mean at the money page of
It is a reflection of the level of
the car parts of the managers. P.e. two car means that a manager has a mean car
level between 2 and 3.
How do I plan my pit stop?
You have to
calculate how much fuel the car uses per Km and then calculate how much fuel
per lap is needed. And keep in mind how long a tyre will last and then ... well
it's logical :)
How long does a pit stop last?
The time to
pit depends on how much fuel your team will have to fill in your tank, plus the
in and out time from the pit lane.
If you have a Chief Mechanic your
pitstop times will be decreased depending on his Pitstop skill.
When I pit for fuel, also the tyres are changed?
are also changed, according to what you specified in the "Race setup"
When I pit tyres is the car also refuelled?
tank of the car is refuelled up to the level specified in the "Race
35. Why do I only get 3 remarks on my setup?
The drivers are not very good in
36. I have trouble getting the best setup. What
am I doing wrong?
Setting up the car can be difficult
at first. A few tips: First of all see what type of circuit it is, and adjust
roughly the setup accordingly. For instance, if it is a high downforce circuit,
set wings higher. Also, take note of your setups through the season. Next
season you can maybe use this info. Driver, weather conditions and maybe other
things may have an influence on the setup.
37. Do I have to repair before I start practice
No, you don't. You can also repair
in between practice laps, or even not repair at all.
Be aware that you can only repair once!
38. When do I make the choice of tyres?
You are asked to make your choice of tires for qualifying and the race,
just before you start your first qualifying lap.
39.Will the tyres I use in qualifying affect my race?
Yes, you will use these tyres for the race as well, so the type of tyre will
affect how long you can go before stopping for tyres, obviously the softer the
tyre type the less time they last.
40.What does the risk mean?
The more risk you take, the faster your lap time could be, but by risking more,
there is more chance of your driver making a mistake, making your lap time slower.
41.What is the 107% time?
This is the time you must be faster than to qualify for the race, unless you are
in G4 where there is no 107% time.
42. The qualifying is wet, but the race is dry, will I have to race on rain tyres?
No, when you drive your first lap, it will ask you to select a dry tyre compound for the race.
What does it mean when my tyres leave a trail on the track?
trails mean that your driver has made a mistake, for example he might have
spun, collided with another car, gone off the track... he loses time on that
What does it mean when my car has a trail of smoke behind the car?
Your car has a technical problem of some sort.
How many upgrades or repair can I make?
repair/upgrade your car just one time per race. You have first to decide select
part by part if you upgrade, buy same or downgrade, if you repair and how many
percent you want to repair. Then hit the button. When the button is hit the
repair and upgrade is no longer available up to beginning of next race.
46.How do I repair or upgrade a part?
Next to each part name you have got 3 boxes. The first one is used to
upgrade or downgrade the part just click the part level you want. The
second one is used to the useage, or damage to your parts. The third one
is where you specify the number of repair points you wish to use. You
have 180 repair points per race, so you must select the percent you wish
to repair, and multiply this by the cost to repair 1% of the level that
your part is.
i.e. With no CM, its costs 2 repair points to repair 1% of a level 4 part. SO if the level 4 part has 20% damage and you want to repair all 20% ? 20*2=40 repair points. IF you have a CM, the number of repair points could be a decimal number i.e. 30.12 in this case ALWAYS round the number UP. So 30.12 = 31 repair points
47.Do I need to repair before practice?
No, you don't. You can also repair
in between practice laps.
48. Do I need to repair my car completely?
No, you don't have to. But you have
a higher risk of dropping out of the race when you have a more used car. Also,
your car is less competitive.
49.What is the advantage of downgrading a part?
The part is reduced in damage, and cost less repair points per percent to repair.
For season 13, you will be able to downgrade AND repair the same part.
50. Can I downgrade and repair at the same time?
Currently, no, but for season 13 you will be able to.
51. I have trouble getting the right setup.
What should I do?
Here are some rough guidelines you
can use. Circuit characteristics can give you some info. If it is a high
downforce circuit, expect wings to be set steep. Weather conditions also
in rainy conditions wings are usually set stepper. Other parts need a different
setup too. Lesser differences in weather conditions also require changes in the
drivers require different setup.
with an almost perfect setup, you can be competitive, so don't freak out when
you could not get the best setup.
It is wise
to take note of your setup of each race. This may come in handy next season.
If you are
a newby and don't have any clue where to start with the setup, start in the
middle of the range of what the value can be, in this case 50. The driver's
feedback will inform you to set the value higher or lower. P.e. it should be
higher, what next value should I choose? Again, the middle of the range of what
the value can be. If you do this repeatedly you will get most parts at its best
setup. And in given time you will get better at this.
Why after few races still my sponsor negotiation hasnít started yet?
You have to
distribute the hours every race
How do I know how much money I will get from a sponsor?
each sponsor name there is 1 or more dollar sign. More $ means more money, more
money means more hours to convince the sponsor. Once you have reached 30% of
the negotiation the sponsor will reveal the amount you will get if you reach
100% of the negotiation.
How do I know how far the percent of the sponsor negotiation is?
Near by the
sponsor name there is a blue progression bar, by holding your mouse pointer on
the bar the negotiation percentage will appear.
Will my current sponsors be transferred to the next season?
No, only closed Sponsors Deals will be transferred for next Season.
If you fail to close any deal (a part from the Tyre Sponsor Deal), you'll have your current Team Sponsor Money carried out to
Will I have a default sponsor if I fail to negotiate any sponsors' contracts?
Yes, if you
fail to negotiate any sponsors' contract, you'll get your last Team Sponsor. Important:
You will only have the default Team Sponsor, if you never negotiated any sponsor (a part from the tyres sponsor);
57.I have negotiated a new deal
with a sponsor. Why does is not show up in the box of sponsors at the top of
Because those are your current sponsors for this season and your new
deal is for next season. Next season your new deals will show up at the top of
What means Stamina and how it affects the driver performance?
measure of is endurance in races. Stamina will affect your driver performances
Can I improve the stamina of my pilot?
is the only driverís parameter that cannot be improved.
60. What kind of setup do I have to foresee for suspension?
You can trim your suspension to be
more rigid or to be softer. Depending on the circuit shape your driver will
advise you in the practice and warm-up lap of the adjustment to be done. Set
suspension more rigid means set value higher.
61. How do I form a team?
Go to 'Current Team-mates
Available' and propose to someone to make a team with you. Mind you, each offer
costs you $3.000.000!
62. When do I pay $3.000.000 for forming a team?
Each offer to another manager costs
you $3.000.000, so better be sure the other managers want to be a teammate. If you are
not sure, use the private mailbox to communicate with those managers about
forming a team first.
63.Do I $3.000.000 each season?
No, only once, when you offer to
form a team.
64.How do I cancel a team?
Press 'cancel team' button under
65. What are the benefits of a team?
The points you both earn you also
earn as a team. At the end of the season you get money for teampoints
(transferred at the beginning of the new season). Also may choose to co-operate
in a certain way with your teammate.
67. What is the point of testing?
For you to experiment with setup, fuel and drivers where the circuit itself is the
same so you can see the difference weather condition make easier. Or you could
use testing to see your speed against friends.
68. What tyre do I choose?
You should choose the tyre which gives you the best trade-off between
speed in qualifying, speed in the race, and tyre wear during the race.
Knowledge about tyres' speed and wear you can get through testing and through
experimenting during races.
69. Are extra soft tyres always the quickest?
Yes, however this has to be weighed up against increase tyre wear for the race.
70. What does affect the speed and wear of
71. Do I get money from my tyre sponsor?
No, it is just a supplier. And the
more O's in front of the supplier, the better the tyre.
72. How do I upgrade my car?
At the repair page you can also buy
a new level of a part. If you buy a higher level of a part you are upgrading
your car. If you buy a new part there is no need to repair that part also. A
higher level part is more expensive to buy and also to repair. You do not need
to replace all parts at once. Also it is not required to have all parts of the
Does weather conditions have any effect. If yes what?
tyres, strategy, lap times, fuel consumption, race result Ö
74.Why do I need to do warm up?
Warm up is used to find the best possible setup for the race, and to test
different fuel levels. As a hint, the warm up best possible setup is
not usually too different from the qualifying setup, but watch out for damage.
75. My car is very slow compared to other in warm up, why is this?
Its possible other managers used very little fuel to make their times faster
76. Why can I only select 1 type of tyre as well as my rain tyres?
Because you have already selected your tyre for the race during qualifying.
WHITING START ©
77. I have heard people talk about a ďWhiting Start ©Ē what is this?
This is where you start the race with rain tyres when it is dry, or dry tyres
when it is raining. The reason for the name of it, is due to a manager (Chris Whiting)
doing just this on his very first race in G1, check out the Newspaper for more
information. This is not generally advised, although there are times when it is an
advantage, have a think about when it might come in useful ;-)
78. What values should I expect for the wings?
Check the downforce level of the circuit. A high downforce circuit will need higher
values for wings, a low downforce circuit will need lower values for wings. As a
hint try keeping the front wing equal to the rear wing when trying to find the best
possible setup. If the driver asks for more grip, increase the wing, if he asks for
more speed in the straights, lower the wing values.
79. I have heard that the wing levels do not have to be equal to eachother, is this true?
Yes, this is true, but you will have to experiment for yourself to discover how this works.