F1 2020 setup guide overview – Singapore
Singapore is a super twisty street circuit, comprised of primarily 90 degree corners. It is tricky to master under the street lights, as the corners come at you quickly.
You really have to learn the track of Marina Bay to be able to drive with confidence. You should try to memorize the different sectors of the track, as many of the corners are very similar. Thankfully, gone are the days of the super high sausage kerbs, and the notoriously hard chicane which broke a fair few cars!
However, there are still over 20 corners at Singapore, making it extremely difficult on your tyres. Your Marina Bay setup should prioritise prolonging tyre wear, whilst ensuring you maintain a good car balance.
With most street circuits you typically want to add as much downforce as you can. Singapore isn’t too different. You wont want to run the maximum wing angle as there are a few longer straights here than at other street circuits. You will want higher rear aero than front. This will ensure your back end remains glued to the circuit when you press the loud pedal.
By lowering the front aero a little, you gain a lot more speed down the long straights. This allows you to challenge for positions by having a higher top speed.
Due to the sheer amount of 90 degree corners around Singapore, your rear tyres will take a beating. You will be accelerating from a slow speed at most corners. This means you want to aid your traction by lowering your on-throttle differential.
Your Singapore F1 2020 setup should have a low on-throttle differential, and a high off-throttle differential.
This ensures you have the best traction when accelerating, meaning better tyre wear. And the higher off-throttle diff setup means your car will be more stable during the corner and on exit.
This style of differential setup should provide the best mid corner speed, and prolong your tyres during a long race.
Your suspension geometry is the one part of your setup which has the highest impact on your responsiveness and tyre life. Low camber and toe will make your car handle better and be more responsive. But this comes at the cost of tyre wear.
Because Singapore is already tough on tyres we will want to add camber and toe to our setup. This will ultimately work towards longer tyre life. By increasing the camber you are increasing the contact patch with the tyre and track surface. This increased contact patch allows the heat to spread more evenly through the tyre. In turn this results in lower overall tyre temperature, and longer tyre life.
Singapore will reward a setup which allows you to attack the kerbs. And when you are attacking the kerbs as much as you do around Marina Bay, you will want a soft suspension setup.
We would even go to the extreme of running a completely soft suspension setup of 1, 1. This means you can ride over the kerbs without much risk of your car stepping out of control.
We would recommend increasing the anti-roll bars a touch. This offsets the soft suspension, and will maintain responsiveness in your car’s chassis.
By increasing your anti-roll bars, you will be putting a little more force through your tyres. This can in turn increase tyre wear. We have addressed this with other parts of our setup. However if you still find you are experiencing too much tyre wear, you can lower your anti-roll bar stiffness.
To deal with the amount of kerbs you will be driving over around Singapore, your setup should run a reasonably high ride height. When we say high, we mean around 4 to 6, which is much higher than most circuits. This will affect your straight line speed a little, but should allow you to make up time around the twisty parts of Singapore.
If you do find yourself realy slow on the straights, or being attacked from cars behind you. Then you can by all means lower your ride height a touch.
We would recommend setting your brake pressure medium to high. Around 84-86%. You will be braking a lot around Singapore, and some braking zones are on a slight bend. You will want brake pressure and bias where you wont be locking a wheel too much.
Brake bias should be more forward than usual. The slower speeds allow you to put more pressure through the front of the car.
If you find yourself locking your front wheels under braking, you can reduce your brake pressure a little. Or you can move the brake bias a little more rearward, to take a little pressure out of the front of the car.
Also, if you find yourself understeering a touch when turning in to the apex. You can move your brake bias more rearward. This will free up the front tyres to turn in better.
As with much of our Singapore setup for F1 2020, our tyres will look to preserve tyre life. You should lower your tyre pressures a little to further improve your tyre wear. This will also help with traction when exiting corners.
And that is our brief Singapore setup guide for F1 2020. This setup is designed to help you maximise your tyre life to its fullest. Whilst allowing you to gain time through the corners of Singapore, with our suspension setup.
Try to maximise your one lap qualifying pace to give yourself the best chance to finish well around Marina Bay. However if you qualify further down the grid, you can still overtake.