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There have been a few changes to the Spanish circuit this year, with the final sector being made wider and slightly easier to drive. But as always, this track remains reasonably technical and tricky to master.
In this guide, I’ll run through my favourite car setup for the Spanish circuit in F1 2020. As with all of our other track setup guides, this setup is designed for long distance race runs.
So jumping into the setup itself.
Cataluyna is comprised of fast straights and fast corners, mixed with a slow final sector. It really has ab it of everything meaning creating a car setup is always a matter of compromise.
To start with the aero, You typically want to run a low drag front wing, with more rear downforce. This will allow you to plant your right foot on corner exit without the back end stepping out.
Go for a 4 at the front and a 7 at the rear.
Spain is a track which allows you to go much more aggressive on your diff setup. You can keep the on-throttle differential higher than a lot of tracks, as there aren’t as many high traction zones around here. Go with 65% on-throttle diff.
You can also keep the off-throttle diff higher, which will keep your car more stable through the longer corners. If you find the car not rotating quick enough through the final sector, try lowering your off-throttle diff a little. Start with 70%.
As with many tracks in F1 2020 you should look to keep the camber as high as possible and the toe as low as possible, without compromising your tyre wear too much.
Go for -2.8, -1.2, 0.07 and 0.23.
You’ll want to setup your suspension to be very soft, so you can attack the final sector. Go for 1 at the front and 3 at the rear.
And you will want very stiff anti-roll bars to keep the car flat and responsive through the fast sweeping corners. Go for 7 and 10.
Finally set the ride height to 2 and 3 for the best downforce and minimum drag.
There aren’t too many heavy braking zones around Spain, and certainly not nearly as many as other tracks on the calendar. This means we can run our brake pressure a little lower here to help manage our brakes and tyres. Go for 90%.
Keep the brake bias fairly balanced at 52%.
As for tyre pressures, you will want to run offset pressures at the front ensuring your front left is lower than the right. This will help protect it as this is the tyre that will take the most amount of pain around Spain.
Lower the rears slightly to increase your traction and prevent wheelspin.
Go for 23.0, 21.8, 20.7 and 20.7.
And that is our Spanish race setup for F1 2020.
Spain is always a fun track to drive, with fast flowing corners. And this year it’s even better, now that the last sector has been made even more drive-able.
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.