F1 2020 setup guide overview – Brazil
Brazil is one of the last grand prix tracks that you will drive in a season, and is one of the funnest to drive. It rewards a car setup with great rear end grip that can stick in the long mid speed corners that make up the Brazilian track at Interlagos.
Our F1 2020 Brazil setup starts with the aerodynamics, which we surprisingly set quite low for such a low to medium speed track. You would think that due to the lack of overly long straights, we would recommend running a higher downforce setup. However the opposite is actually true.
Brazil is made up of a lot of medium speed corners which don’t necessarily rely on high downforce as the car drives through them. Yes, you need a good amount of downforce at the rear of the car, but because there aren’t too many tight corner entries, we can leave the front downforce quite low for this Brazilian setup.
Another side effect of there not being many slow, tight corners at Brazil, is that we can run a much higher differential setup. There aren’t too many high traction acceleration zones at Brazil, so we won’t have to worry too much about excess wheel spin. Because of this, our setup recommendation for Brazil is to increase your on-throttle differential. this will give the best acceleration out of each corner.
Brazil isn’t too hard on tyres despite the long sweeping corners. Because of this we would recommend creating a car setup that prioritises aggressive camber and a reasonably balanced toe setup. The aggressive camber setup will allow you to carry more speed through the long corners, offsetting the lack of downforce at the front end.
Keeping the toe low to balanced will give good stability throughout the lap, and will help maximise your top speed down the long pit straight, and into the main overtaking zone at turn 1.
Due to the medium speed nature of Brazil, our setup recommendation for F1 2020 is to keep your suspension and anti-roll bars balanced. This will allow the car to be soft enough to attack the kerbs through the first sector, but responsive enough for the quicker direction changes through the middle of the lap.
As with most F1 2020 setups, Brazil is no different in that you should set your ride height reasonably low around 3 or 4. If you are struggling with turn in through some of the corners due to the low front aerodynamic setup, you can set your rear ride height higher than your front. This will create rake in your setup, which loosens the rear end slightly. This should help with turn in and rotation through corners.
Setup you brake pressure higher than average for this Brazil setup. There are a couple of big stops, namely the first and fourth turns, which are also DRS assisted overtaking zones. Having this higher brake pressure will decrease your braking distance, allowing you to attack cars in front and move through the field.
Keep your brake bias reasonably average, if not a little more rearward than normal. This will keep the car balanced and take a little more pressure out of the front wheels so you don’t lock a wheel at lower speeds through the middle of the lap.
We would recommend decreasing your tyre pressures for a perfect Brazil setup in F1 2020. This will soften the car a little more so you can ride the kerbs. It’ll also decrease any tyre wear that the longer corners may cause, and give better traction when accelerating.
How To Best Drive The Brazil Grand Prix Circuit in F1 2020
Ultimately, Brazil in F1 2020 requires a nice balanced setup to allow for consistency throughout a race. Being quick around Brazil is all about consistency. There isn’t a lot of time to gain for being too aggressive as Brazil rewards smooth driving.
Interlagos is an old school track that features a lot more sweeping corners than point and squirt heavy braking zones that more modern tracks are made up of. This prevents you from being able to brake too late, as you will simply miss the apex and compromise your lap time.
Instead, you should learn your braking points by using references around the track, and stick to them. You will gain much more time by learning to accelerate a little earlier through each corner. Be careful though as accelerating too early will push your car out wide, again compromising your exit speed.
If you are experiencing understeer through the long corners of Brazil in F1 2020, you can look to increase your tyre pressures a touch, or increase your rake angle using your ride height. Try to avoid stiffening your car too much to find responsiveness as this will start to negatively affect your tyre wear.
In terms of overtaking, there are two big overtaking spots, going in to turn 1 and turn 4. These are the two heaviest braking points around the circuit, but they don’t feature a regular apex as both turn 1 and turn 4 allow you to carry speed through the corner. This does make overtaking a little harder, as you can’t rely too heavily on out braking your opponent.
Try to ensure you are alongside going into the braking zone before attempting a move. If you go down the inside of your opponent in either turn 1 or 4, try to ensure you allow enough room for the other drive to stay on track around the outside. Carrying additional speed will push your car out wide, either making contact with the other driver or forcing them off track.