*Updated* F1 22 Bahrain Car Setup – Best Race Setup

F1 22 is finally here, and so are our F1 22 car setups. The first track in the calendar is Bahrain, and this is our ultimate race setup for this circuit. This is optimsied for longer distance races in My Team & Career mode.

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F1 22 Bahrain Car Setup

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F1 22 Bahrain Setup

F1 22 has officially landed, and that brings with it our usual stream of F1 22 car setups. This Bahrain setup for F1 22 kicks off the year, and produces a stable and balanced car that is tailored for long-distance races in My Team and Career mode.

This setup has been updated after the recent game updates!


F1 22 Bahrain setup video


Aerodynamics

For this year’s game, Codemasters have changed the aerodynamics. Now, we have a range from 0-50 which is consistent across every track. I say that, because in last year’s game, Codies pre-tweaked the aerodynamics for every track. Meaning a 6-6 wing setup produced different amounts of downforce at every track.

In F1 22 however, that has changed, meaning a wing setup of 25-25 will produce the same amount of downforce at every track on the game. This gives us much more control over our aerodynamic setup, allowing us to run more extreme setups if we wanted to.

However, I’m going to keep things pretty balanced with this Bahrain F1 22 setup.

I’ve gone with a front wing angle of 14, which should give us a good amount of front downforce into some of the slower corners and into the tricky second sector.

Then I’ve gone for a rear wing angle of 16. This is because, in this year’s game, the rear wing produces more downforce than last year. However, it is also less efficient, meaning you’ll start to generate a lot of excess drag if you run it too high.

This aero setup should give you a good amount of front downforce to prevent understeer. While the rear wing angle will ensure your car is both quick down the straights and can hang on through the fast turns 11 and 12.


Transmission

As with most years, we can run a pretty aggressive on-throttle differential setup. I’ve opted for a value of 83. This should provide a lot of push through the medium to high-speed corners.

If you’re struggling to find traction out of the slower turns 1 and 10, you can lower your on-throttle differential manually via the MFD.


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For the off-throttle diff, I’ve gone for a setup of 50. This will help rotate your car into corners at slower speeds.


Suspension Geometry

The suspension geometry setup options carry across from F1 2021 quite well. In F1 22, I’ve gone for a front camber setup of -2.5, and a rear camber setup of -1.0. This helps to produce a car that is generally kind on its tyres throughout a race weekend.

For the front toe, I’ve lowered this right down to 0.05, and I’ve done the same for the rear toe by lowering it to 0.20. This approach will minimise drag from the tyres, giving us better acceleration down the long straights around Bahrain.


Suspension Setup

The suspension is probably the part of F1 22 car setups that has had the biggest change, other than the expanded aero setup options. The cars this year are much stiffer due to the lower ride heights and ground effect aerodynamics.

This allows us to run a stiffer suspension setup without producing too much tyre wear. In last year’s game, it was common for the front suspension to be set up much softer than the rear to help produce a little extra oversteer into corners.

In F1 22, this has completely flipped around. Instead, run a stiffer front suspension at 6 and an anti-roll bar setup of 7. Then set the rear suspension and ARB to just 3.

For the ride height, set this to 4 at the front and 4 at the rear. This ensures that we get enough ground clearance to avoid bottoming out during elevation changes and over bumps, which is a real risk in F1 22!


Brakes

Not much has changed for the brake setup in F1 22. Go for 100% brake pressure, and 50% brake bias. In F1 22 you can set your brake bias to 50% without much consequence.


Tyre Setup

The tyre pressure setup is also slightly different in F1 22, mainly due to the stiffer and larger 18-inch wheel rims. I’ve gone for the combination of softer front tyres with lower pressures of 23.5psi on both fronts. Then opt for stiffer rears of 21.8psi.

I can imagine some setups will run even higher tyre pressures which will help performance. Although, around Bahrain, running the rear tyre pressures at 22.5psi seems to be the limit. Beyond this, you will start to run into rear tyre wear problems during the race.

Remember Bahrain is rear-limited so is harder on those rear tyre pressures!

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Overview

And that will conclude our first F1 22 car setup of the year. Bahrain is always a fun track to race around, and that hasn’t changed in this year’s game. This car setup is pretty different in places from last year’s car setups due to the new technical regulations.

However, this setup should produce a well-balanced car that is fun to drive consistently, with good tyre life to see you through a full race.


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