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13 Jul 2020

F1 2020: Azerbaijan Grand Prix Setup Guide - Career, My Team, Time Trials

F1 2020: Azerbaijan Grand Prix Setup Guide - Career, My
Team, Time Trials

Whether you love it or hate it, Baku is here to stay in F1 2020. Here's how to get the most out of it.

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Aerodynamics

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Transmission

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Suspension Geometry

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Suspension

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Brakes

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Tyres

When the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan was added to the F1 calendar back in 2016, it raised a fair-few eyebrows. The layout of the circuit was unlike anything else in the sport, with its huge straights and tight castle section.

Since then it’s provided its fair share of fascinating races. However, it remains like Marmite to F1 fans; some love it while others absolutely despise it. With this setup, you’ll find yourself transformed from the latter to the former.

Aerodynamics

Shaving off as much wing as you can get away with is critical in Baku, thanks to the mass of straights and the enormous full-throttle run at the end of each lap.

F1 2020 Baku Wings

However, stability in the traction zones is also very important. Running 1-5 wings gives you plenty of speed down the straights without sacrificing your ability to apply the power out of the corners.

If you’re finding that you have plenty of stability under traction, taking a little bit of rear wing off for extra straight-line speed could be the way to go.

Turning your front wing setting up to 2 for qualifying may yield a better overall lap time. But remember to turn it back down to 1 for the race, or else you may find yourself struggling to overtake.

Transmission

F1 2020 Baku Transmission

On-throttle differential remains at 50% for Baku. As ever, an unlocked on-throttle setting helps massively with limiting wheelspin when accelerating.

For your off-throttle setting, I would suggest going with 60%. As Baku’s corners tend to be low-speed, running a low off-throttle differential setting is beneficial.

This is because it aids the car in rotating at lower speeds, and as such it compensates for the understeer inherent in the wing settings.

Suspension Geometry

Using camber settings closer to 0 also works well in slow corners.

F1 2020 Baku Sus Geo

Therefore, -2.50 and -1.00 will help your car’s performances in the many right-angled turns of Baku.

Your toe settings are one of the better ways to limit your tyre wear. This circuit is especially punishing to the rears, and so it’s worth running toe settings of 0.05 and 0.20 to mitigate this.

Suspension

Suspension settings are another way to make up for the low wing levels you’ll be running around here.

F1 2020 Baku Suspension

A stiff suspension, particularly at the front, would help with getting the nose of the car turned in. However, there are many kerbs around the Baku City Circuit, and most of them are a rough ride.

Because of this, 3-4 are the suspension settings I’ve gone with. If you’re feeling confident in your ability to stay off the kerbs, then consider raising these values a little.

Opting for a low setting on the front anti-roll bar is another way to help with the car’s rotation. I’ve elected to run 3-9, using the rear setting to moderate the soft front setting and bring a little more stability.

Given the major role that drag has to play in Azerbaijan, running a low ride height seems optimal. However, those kerbs I mentioned before really are very significant, and as such 2-4 is the best way to go here.

Brakes

F1 2020 Baku Brakes

Once again, a brake pressure of 100% is my recommendation, along with a bias setting of 50%.

This is one of the circuits where it’s easiest to lock up, and where braking is most crucial. So, if you’re having trouble handling the brakes, dropping the brake pressure should help you out.

Tyres

For your tyres, running low rear pressures is essential to prevent any potential overheating.

F1 2020 Baku Tyres

I tend to prefer running similar front and rear pressures, as it makes the car feel a little more balanced. Therefore, 21.8psi on the fronts maintains a nice balance with 19.9psi on the rears.

The rear setting is the important one around here, so feel free to experiment with the fronts as you see fit.

The Bake City Circuit is a unique challenge in F1 2020, and without the right setup it can be a huge pain to drive.

This setup will have you feeling confident in your rear tyres lap after lap. What's more, you’ll be slippery enough on the straights to allow you to challenge for position with the cars ahead.