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In a strange 2020 Formula 1 season, Bahrain will be holding a double header of races this year. One on its regular layout, and a second on a much shorter oval style layout.
However, in F1 2020, Bahrain is still the second track on the calendar, meaning getting a good setup sorted early in your career mode is crucial.
In this guide, I will run through the best race setup for Bahrain in F1 2020. This setup has been designed for long distance races and online league racing, and isn’t designed to be the quickest one lap setup.
As a whole, this setup should give you a very drive-able car, allowing you to attack every corner consistently, including the tricky double apex of turn 9 and 10.
Bahrain is a very power dependant track, with a few long straights, and heavy acceleration zones.
To get the most out of your car around here, you will need a well balanced setup with a rear biased aero setup.
We have setup the wings to 3 at the front and 7 at the rear. This rear value follows the trend of higher downforce levels in F1 2020 compared to last years game.
This will give you enough rear downforce to truly power out of the corners and on to the long straights.
We’d recommend running your diff low around Bahrain. There are a lot of slow acceleration zones, and you can easily spin up your wheels on corner exit. Set your on-throttle diff to 55 and off-throttle to 65.
Go for 55% and 65% here.
Tyre wear isn’t too bad at Bahrain, especially since becoming an evening race with cooler track temperatures, so we can run the suspension geometry reasonably aggressive at -2.7 and -1.2, 0.07 and 0.26.
The lower toe values will help with straight line speed.
You’ll find yourself attacking the kerbs a lot around Bahrain so you’ll want a soft suspension setup.
Go for a 3, 3 suspension to achieve this.
To compensate for this soft setup, you should look to run stiffer anti-roll bars for added responsiveness. Go for 7 and 8.
And finally a 3, 4 ride height.
As with most F1 2020 setups, you shoyuld set your brake pressure high at around 90%. Just be careful braking in to turns 9 and 10, as it is extremely easy to lock your front tyres.
Run the brake bias at 54-55% for good balance under braking.
Finally run your tyre pressures at 23.4 at the front and 21.1 at the rear.
The slightly lower tyre pressures at the rear will help traction on corner exit. This is crucial around Bahrain as a lot of the slower corners lead on to long straights.
So that is our race setup for Bahrain in F1 2020. It helped us achieve a good result in a longer race distance, and the car felt great throughout the race.
Hopefully it works just as well for you. If you fancy watching our hotlap, and setup guide, watch the video below.
See you on track.