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Next up in our F1 2021 setup guides is Mexico. This is setup guide will run you through the best dry race setup for league racing and career mode races.
Next up in our F1 2021 setup guide series is Mexico.
Mexico is a very fun track to drive and race around, although it is slightly strange in the fact that it’s essentially an exercise of corner-cutting as much as you can get away with. It’s a track where you really need to push the boundaries on both the corner entry and corner exit.
And it is one of the few tracks in F1 2021, where you can cut some corners and apexes without getting penalized. It’s a track where you want to have really good top-end speed to be able to attack cars in front of you.
This is especially true down the really long pit straight. You also want solid front end turn-in to get your car turned in nicely to those 90-degree corners. This will then help you prioritize your exit, ultimately giving you better straight-line speed at the end of the straights that follow.
So let’s jump into the setup and see what we’ve got to play with.
Starting with the aerodynamics, I’ve prioritized the front-end as I mentioned above, just so we can get the car turned in nicely to those 90-degree corners.
You really don’t want to have a car that understeers around Mexico otherwise, you’re just going to compromise your exit speed which will, in turn, make you vulnerable during a race down the straight.
So go with 9 at the front wing and 7 at the rear. I have seen some time trial setups run this differently with some running with a lower front wing and rear wing. This probably gives you better overall lap time, but you’ll be slower down the straights and faster through the corners. Which unless you’re at the front of a race isn’t overly useful for me.
For best stability and consistency I’ve gone with a higher front wing and lower rear.
Then moving on to the transmission. I’ve kept the on-throttle differential exactly where it started at 75%. Mexico is a tricky track to set up your differential. Because the middle part of the lap requires a high on-throttle differential, while some of the slower more technical turns, especially the last corner sequence in the stadium area really require quite low on-throttle differential.
So keeping it balanced is pretty much the way to go. I do like prioritizing a lower on-throttle differential, just so you’ve got better control of your traction loss under acceleration.
Then go with an off-throttle differential of 58%, which is pretty much kind of our normal around most tracks at F1 2021. It gives good stability and good turning rotation at lower speeds.
Then moving on to the suspension geometry. I’ve gone with close to full right for the front camber and rear camber. This will help keep the car balanced and stable through that faster sequence in the middle of the track.
It’ll also help you lean on your car a little bit more through the medium speed 90-degree corners of the first sector. So go with -2.6 at the front and -1.2 at the rear camber. Then for the front toe, I’ve gone with 0.08 and I’ve kept the rear toe at 0.2 to minimize drag.
It’s no surprise I’ve gone with a soft front suspension of just 1. As I said, Mexico is essentially an exercise in riding over curbs, so you’ll want your front end soft enough to be able to do this without any stability loss.
Then for the rear, I’ve kept it a little bit stiffer at 4.
For the front anti-roll bar, I’ve gone with 5 and for the rear, I’ve gone with 2. Just like on some of my other setups this will help with stability, especially at medium to high speed.
Then go with a front ride height of 3 and a rear ride height of 7.
For your brakes, run 97% brake pressure and 56% brake bias. This will give you a good well-rounded setup. You could always push your front brake bias up to 57%, especially for that first corner but 56% overall throughout the lap is a well-balanced way to go.
Then for your tyres, I’ve gone almost maximum pressures on all tyres. The only reason I haven’t gone maximum is to help maintain the tyre life a little bit.
So go with 24.2 on both fronts and 22.7 on both rears.
And that rounds out on Mexican car setup. This will give you a car that’s soft enough to allow you to jump over those kerbs, even some of those really high orange sausage curbs.
I have prioritized the front end so you get good turn-in, allowing you to really focus on your exit speed out of the corners, giving you good drive down the long straights.
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See you on track guys.