F1 2020 Game: French Grand Prix Setup Guide – Career Mode, My Team, Time Trial
Circuit Paul Ricard is a difficult track to approach in Formula 1 and the AI are always quick around here!
Setups are difficult to ace thanks to the circuit’s long straights and long corners which demand a lot of downforce.
The aerodynamics are arguably the toughest part of the car to setup in France. There are three very long straights here and more points where you’ll be hitting 200 mph (320 kph).
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5 front and rear wing angles is the lowest you can go and still be quick through the corners. The setting will also allow you to be fast in a straight line, even without DRS.
Transmission sets how your traction will be, you’ve got to perfect this to be quick. An open differential makes traction more gradual but reduces it overall.
There aren’t many difficult traction zones in France. Aside from Turns 6, 9 and 15, you won’t be struggling to control the rear end on-throttle.
We opted for 90% off-throttle diff and 75% on-throttle. 90% is the highest you can go for off-throttle, as the car will be unstable through the high-speed corners of Turns 1 & 2 and Turn 11.
Tyre wear isn’t usually an issue in France but if you’re conservative enough, you can do a 1-stop race here. Doing one less pit-stop than the competition saves heaps of time, as the pit-lane is one of the longest on the calendar.
The higher the camber and the lower the toe the faster the car will generally be. This is because more of the wheel’s surface will be in contact with the tarmac.
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We opted for the front camber to be -2.70, with the rear set at -1.20. The toe angles need be relatively low at 0.08 on the front and 0.29 on the rear.
You can alter these values if you’re able to better save your tyres throughout the race.
Suspension settings determine how your car will mechanically handle through corners and over the kerbs.
The kerbs aren’t harsh in Paul Ricard, they’re very smooth by F1 standards. However, you’ll need softer springs than usual here, due to the sheer speed you’ll be rounding these corners.
We opted for 3 on both the front and the rear axles, any higher and you could end up spinning at Turn 10.
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The anti-roll bars are therefore very stiff to compensate. 10 on the front and 9 on the rear is as low as you can get away with without compromising stability.
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Finally, the ride height needs to be low in order to aid straight-line acceleration. We opted for 3 on both the front and rear but you could go lower than this thanks to Paul Ricard being as flat as a pancake.
Brake aren’t as crucial in Spain as they are for other races, but you need to get this right to be able to overtake.
Thanks to the long straights, there are some big stops in France. Lockups aren’t usually an issue, so you’ll need to go high on the brake pressure. 89% pressure is an appropriate value, but you can still be competitive with 85%.
The front brake bias should be set to 53% to prevent front lockups. Again, if you’re locking the tyres, change this value to accommodate.
The only change to setups in F1 2020 is that you can now set the tyre pressures for each individual tyre.
The tyre pressures need to be around middle of the park to get the bite you need to be fast.
Set both of the front axle’s tyres to 23.4 psi, slightly higher than most circuits but this helps compensate for cooldown down the straights.
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To help the rears out of the traction zones, 21.5 psi on the left and right is ideal. Like mentioned previously, traction and wheelspin isn’t usually an issue here, so you could go even higher than this.