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Italy is an extremely fast circuit in F1 2021, with a huge emphasis on straight line speed. Our setup guide will run you through the best way to optimise your car for the Italian GP in F1 2021.
Monza is home to one of the classic Formula 1 Grand Prix tracks. And it’s a track which is extremely fast.
Because of the long straights you would think it would be easy to setup your car for. However the slow chicanes and the medium speed corners in sector 2 create a tricky problem which setting up your car.
In this guide below I’ll run you through each setup option, and how to best optimise your car setup for Italy in F1 2021.
Kicking things off with the aero setup. I have gone for a low downforce setup with a front wing setup of 4 and a rear wing setup of 5. This is higher than some tracks and that is mainly due to the middle sector.
Both Lesmo’s and Ascari require a car with the ability to remain stable at speed while flinging your car left and right. If you setup your aero too low, you will really struggle to get the front end turned into these corners, which in turn will compromise your run on to the long straights which follow.
For the transmission setup, I’ve gone for a surprisingly low on-throttle differential setup of just 62. The main purpose of this was to help low speed traction out of the first two sets of chicanes.
Both of these chicanes are taken at slow speed, and the first chicane in particular is followed by the Curva Grande which is full throttle and a great overtaking spot. If you don’t get a good exit out of the first chicane you’ll be vulnerable into the second chicane.
So a low on-throttle diff will help with a gradual loss of traction, giving you a solid opportunity to accelerate harder, earlier.
Then for the off-throttle diff I’ve gone with a setup of 55, which will help rotate your car at low speed into the slower corners.
The suspension geometry setup is a familiar story. Close to maximum front camber, and then low rear camber and a low toe setup is the way to go at Monza.
The low toe will minimise drag, increasing your top speed potential, and the camber setup is designed to give a combination of performance and tyre life during a race, without focusing on either of these too heavily.
Go for -2.7 front camber, -1.9 rear camber, and 0.06 and 0.2 on the toe
My suspension setup is extremely soft. Well it is at the front of the car, with a slightly stiffer rear end.
The soft front suspension and anti-roll bars will help your car tackle the high kerbs throughout a lap of Monza without too much drama. As with most tracks in F1 2021, the kerbs around Monza are brutal and will throw your car about.
However, a fast lap of Monza requires you to ride over the kerbs at most corners, so having a soft suspension will help with this.
Go with a front suspension setup of 1 and rear of 4. Then setup your anti-roll bars with 1 at the front and 6 at the rear.
The stiffer rear suspension and anti-roll bar setup will help keep your car responsive on corner entry. If these were much lower your car would feel too sluggish, which is not ideal when throwing your car into Ascari at high speed.
Then go for a ride height of 2 and 6 for the best performance.
I’ve gone with a slightly higher brake pressure than normal at 98%. I always tend to steer away from 100% brake pressure, just to allow for a little give when it comes to potential lockups.
Then setup your brake bias at 57% for even better straight line stopping performance.
The tyre pressures have been left fairly neutral and balanced. This is because the faster corners such as Parabolica can take a toll on tyre wear during a race. Leaving your front tyres at just 23.0 will help with overall tyre wear.
Then I’ve bumped up the rear tyre pressures just slightly to 22.3 for a little extra performance without much tyre wear loss.
And that will do it for our F1 2021 Italian race setup. This setup is designed to handle all corners around Monza well, with no real weaknesses.
You’ll have enough downforce to put in fast middle sector times, and enough straight line speed to allow you to challenge for overtakes during the race.
Let me know how you get on with this setup in the comments below.
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See you on track guys.