While in free practice I find it super annoying to try to dial in FFB settings and the like and have to return to pits so I can get to those settings only to have the AI take its sweet time driving 200+m through pit lane in first gear just so I can find out that, yet again, I can't feel the curbs enough with my current settings.

Game settings should be allowed while on track (at least in free practice) or you should be able to be a seething maniac while in pit lane (at least in free practice).