F1 2020 setup guide overview – Spain
Spain is one of the most balanced circuits on the whole F1 2020 calendar. Real Formula 1 teams test here during the winter testing as it contains a little bit of everything. A good Spanish setup for F1 2020 should have enough aero for the final sector, and straight line speed for the first sector. You also need to keep one eye on tyre wear, as the long corners of sector 1 can cause some excess wear if your car isn’t balanced well.
The Spanish track at Catalunya has changed a fair bit in this years F1 2020 game. The whole last sector has been reworked to closer replicate the real track. On previous games the last sector of track was much skinnier than in real life, and harder to drive.
In F1 2020, Catalunya is much wider, just like in real life. This will make the last sector replicate the real track much closer. And it means you will be able to take the last sector at faster speeds.
You will want to run a fairly balanced aero setup for Spain in F1 2020. Although you will want a preference towards higher rear aero. You can run the front wing down as low as around 4. This will provide all the front end downforce that you require.
The rear wing angle should be around double your front. By having a much higher rear wing aero, you will be able to stay on the throttle much longer and harder through the long corners. Sector 1 and even sector 2 rely heavily on rear downforce. You require this downforce so you don’t lose rear stability as you throw the car in to the high speed sweeping corners.
By having a lower front wing, and a higher rear wing, you will have much better top speed than if you had them both the same. This will allow you to have fun overtaking cars down the pit straight, and the shorter back straight.
You should look to run low to average on-throttle differential. As mentioned, you will encounter some tyre wear around Spain. So a lower on-throttle differential will help with this. It will also help you through the final sector. Getting good acceleration out of the final chicane is crucial to maximising your speed down the pit straight. Ensuring you have good traction helps with this masively.
Because we have longer sweeping corners through the first half of the lap we want to keep the rear wheels turning through the corner. Having a high off-throttle differential will help maintain speed through these corners, and give you more confidence when accelerating.
The suspension geometry around Spain in F1 2020 is a test with how little camber you can get away with through a race. If you go too aggressive, you will burn up your tyres through a race, forcing you to pit. Too conservative and your car wont be as responsive or fast lap after lap.
We would recommend taking a little camber out of your car setup. Yes, this will hurt your tyres a little, but the increased cornering responsiveness will help through a race. And we can manage the tyres with other aspects of the setup. Doing this will mean you can carry slightly more speed into and through the corners around Catalunya.
Do the same with the front toe, take a little bit out. This will help you down the long straights by giving you a bit more straight line speed. You can leave the rear toe at default or increase it a touch to give a little more rear end stability.
You will want a softer car around Spain, mainly for the final sector of the lap. A soft Spanish setup will allow you to ride the kerbs through the last sector of the lap much more. You wont be in danger of your car being as skittish when you hit these kerbs, allowing you to keep the throttle pinned.
There are a fair few quick direction changes around Spain. All three sectors features fast chicanes, and require a responsive car. The anti-roll bars being stiffer than default will help here. Stiffer anti-roll bars, both front and back, will help your car maintain stability when you change direction.
As with most of our F1 2020 car setups, our Spanish setup runs a low ride height, with a lower front end. This rake will give your front end a little bit more turn in ability.
Setup your brakes initially at around 85%, then adjust them to your preference. There are a few heavy braking zones, but mainly short, sharp braking zones. Having a reasonably high brake pressure and brake bias that is balanced between front and rear will give you the best braking performance in both of these circumstances.
One final thing we can do to help our tyre wear during a race around Spain, is to lower the pressures. This will offset the more aggressive camber setup, and will help spread heat throughout more of the tyre surface. This will keep temperatures down on average, prolonging your tyre life.
This Spainsh setup for F1 2020, will help you attack the revised track layout throughout a long race. Your tyres will last well, and your car should be stable and balanced enough to allow for consistent laps.