The Hungarian Grand Prix entered the Formula 1 calendar in 1986 and has been at the barely unchanged Hungaroring ever since.
Overtaking here is painfully difficult, but in the F1 game you can force a pass a little more easily. Still, it is a place where qualifying well and looking after tyres is crucial.
The race has rarely seen rain, but in F1 2019 you have a good chance of running in the wet here, especially when taking your talents into the online lobbies.
How should you set your car up for the test of the Hungaroring in the rain?
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With the moniker “Monaco without the walls” you would expect to throw on more wing angle when the rain falls. However, that would turn you into a sail boat down the pit straight and send you backwards during the race.
As a result we have gone with a relatively conservative 7-9 setting with the aerodynamics to try and keep the car competitive down the straight but still responsive and planted in the corners.
The transmission section describes how power is put through the rear wheels and into the tarmac. A more unlocked setup allows the rears to rotate at different speed, protecting you from snaps when one tyre is on a less-gripy surface. That is especially useful for this narrow track where you will be extending the track as far as possible and onto kerbs.
As a result we have gone with a 50% on-throttle differential so we can feel confident getting on the power.
The off-throttle differential is set to 70% to help drive the car through corners a little more, while not creating too big a gap to the on-throttle one which can cause some unpredictability.
While the wet weather protects the tyres a little, the Hungaroring is still very harsh on the rubber so we can’t go too far off with our camber settings. We have set the front camber to -2.90 and the rear to -1.40. This should give us a little edge in the corners without risking too much wear.
Front toe is set to 0.09 to keep good front-end responsiveness in the car, while rear toe is set to 0.26 to aid rear stability.
The suspension settings are a crucial part of the setup. We have put the suspension to 2-2, this keeps the car floating over the bumps and kerbs, but helps to prevent a little of the weight transfer that can harm turn-in when we go with the ultra-soft setting.
The Anti-roll bars are set to 8-6. This helps keep the car responsive through the middle sector esses, though it can wear the tyres out if you are overly aggressive so be careful with throttle application through that part of the track.
Ride height is set to 5-8 to create a steep rake that helps with turn-in, it also gives the rear wing plenty of space to work.
Stopping around the Hungaroring isn’t too crucial, with only 2 big braking zones. Still, we do need to be competitive there, so a brake pressure of 85% will do the job.
Brake bias is set to 54% which will keep the front responsive as we are slowing.
Tyre pressure can directly relate to wear, so if you are finding the rubber is running out too quickly lower these before changing anything else. To help keep the car on rails through all the corners we have set the front pressure to 23.8 psi. This is one of the reasons we couldn’t go too hard with our camber settings.
Rear pressure is set to 20.7 psi to aid traction on exit of the slower corners.
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So that is our setup for a wet rate at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It prioritised rear stability over anything else and should be an exceptionally predictable and consistent setup for a wet race.
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