F1 2019 Game: British Grand Prix wet setup guide
The clouds can roll in over Silverstone and ruin a race. Unless you have the setup to survive it.
Wet races are a nightmare for the unprepared.
They can crush your dreams of a podium if you have loaded up a dry setup, and they can kill your championship hopes if they happen late in the season.
While setups can be tweaked between qualifying and the race, a truly perfected dry setup can never be tweaked enough to compete with even a basic wet weather one.
That’s why we have put the blue-rimmed Pirellis on and done all the hard work and sliding wide for you.
This is the perfect setup for a wet race around Silverstone and the British Grand Prix.
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The fast nature of Silverstone in the dry makes it a nightmare in the wet unless you load up the rear aero.
There are only a couple of slow corners, so we can save ourselves some straight line speed by keeping the front wing relatively low, but with all the long, fast sweeps this track has we need to max out the rear wing so that we can feel comfortable carrying speed and getting on the power. We have gone with a 4-11 setting to allow us to do just that.
The transmission page describes how power is directed through the rear wheels. Will they be forced to rotate at the same rate all the time, or will they have some more independence to rotate freely?
In wet weather you generally want a more unlocked setup. Kerbs become ultra-treacherous and a rogue puddle can send you into a spin when the rears are too locked.
We have gone with a 50% on-throttle differential to allow you a bit more confidence when powering out of the corners.
The off-throttle differential is set to 65%. This is more on the unlocked side as it helps with wear by not dragging the tyres through corners. It is more locked than the on-throttle as it keeps the car a little more stable when getting back on the loud pedal again.
The suspension geometry for this track is rather unique.
We have pushed camber all the way to the left to -3.50 & -2.00. This will help give us more grip through the prolonged corners and a bit more faith the car will hold when we add power through corners like Luffield and the notorious Maggots-Becketts complex.
Front toe is set to 0.08 to give us a bit more bite on turn-in. This helps find the slow-corner performance we left on the table with our front wing setting.
Rear toe is set to 0.20 to help maximise speed. It does unsettle the car slightly, but our high rear downforce and unlocked transmission will help recover that.
Silverstone’s home on a former airfield makes it an exceptionally flat track, so there are very few bumps and no elevation changes to deal with.
We have gone with a 3-1 suspension setting. This helps to keep the car from lunging forward under braking too much but keeps it responsive if we do have to take to the kerbs.
Anti-roll bars are softened to 1-2. This has the benefit of aiding performance through long corners while protecting the tyres.
Ride height is set to 7-11. This lifts the car out of any standing water and also allows the rear downforce room to push the car down. The rake it creates helps produce more turn-in efficiency too.
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It can be tempting to pile on brake pressure in the wet weather as stopping distances are increased dramatically, however that is unwise. Not only will it create lockups but you often need to feather the brakes more between corners in the wet, and having a high pressure prevents this being an optimal strategy.
As a result we have set our brake pressure to 84%. This should provide enough stopping power into the handful of slow corners while also letting you tap the brakes through the corner complexes.
Brake bias is set rearward to 52%. This helps keep the front more responsive. It can be moved during the race and it can be wise to bump it forward if you are lining up an overtake.
We have dropped the tyre pressures right down to 21.0 psi & 19.5 psi.
This creates a bigger surface patch for traction on the rears but also lets the rubber find more of the track as we corner, keeping the car more stable and predictable. We do lose some responsiveness but we also protect the tyres.
Silverstone is harsh on the rubber, so keeping the wets alive will be important to overall race pace.