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Hungary is a far step away from the fast nature of the past few tracks. It is a very technical circuit which requires a high downforce car not too dissimilar to Monaco.
Hungary is the definition of a tricky circuit to race at. It is up there with Singapore and Monaco in terms of technicality, although Hungary doesn’t have the walls of those two tracks.
Despite not being a street circuit, it posses many of the characteristics of one. The track is made up of tricky technical corners, with the middle sector being particularly tricky. If you get out of shape around one corner around Hungary, it will take you three or four corners to get back into a rhythm again.
Just like Monaco, and even Singapore, you should be looking at running a high downforce setup. However, unlike Monaco, you will require a little straight line speed as there are a couple of long-ish straights which give you a few opportunities to overtake during a race.
Starting with the aerodynamic setup, I have gone for almost maximum downforce setup of 10 and 11 for the wings. I’ve prioritised rear downforce over front downforce, just to ensure that through the medium speed corners you are able to apply throttle as early as possible.
By dropping our front downforce from 11 to 10, it frees up a little boost to top end speed, opening the door for overtaking and defending. You wont lose too much front downforce by running 10 on the front wing, and we can recoupe this elsewhere in our setup.
For the differential setup, I’ve gone for a reasonably balanced on-diff of 72. This will help push your car through the longer corners such as turns 2, 5 and 14. If you do find yourself struggling for rear traction out of some of the slower corners you can lower this a little.
Then go for an off-throttle diff of 62 which is close to where it is for most tracks. This lower value will allow the car to rotate more at lower speed, compensating for some of the front downforce loss from our aero setup.
I have setup the suspension geometry with our camber further right than at some tracks. Go for -2.7 and -1.3 for your camber, then go for just higher than minimum toe at 0.07 and 0.23.
This style of setup will allow for good tyre life during a race while keeping your car stable.
Like many tracks, Hungary is a circuit which requires a soft suspension setup. The kerbs here are especially brutal, and will unsettle your car so much. Just try accelerating out of the slow chicane with your right tyres over the kerbs to see what I mean. The kerbs here are horrible!
To account for this go for a suspension setup of 2 and 5. I would like to run even lower than this to make the kerbs more manageable, however doing so would hamper our car’s ability to get into corners. This suspension setup is soft enough to allow you to ride over some kerbs around this track.
Then, go for a stiffer front anti-roll bar and softer rear with 7 and 5. This style of anti-roll bar setup will give you a stable car under acceleration.
Finally, run a ride height of 3 and 7 which is just high enough to allow you to ride kerbs without bottoming out.
Go for 97% brake pressure and 56% brake bias around Hungary. This will give you good brake response while lowering your chances of locking a wheel. And the 56% brake bias will give you a stable car under braking.
For the tyres, I’ve setup my car with 23.8 for both fronts and 22.7 for both rears. This fairly high pressure tyre setup will give you the best balance between performance and tyre longevity.
This setup will give you a car which is stable all around this tricky circuit. Hungary is certainly a tricky and technical track which punishes any mistake. Hopefully this setup will give you a car which allows you to drive consistent lap times throughout a race, producing a good result.
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See you on track guys.