British F1 2021 setup guide
Silverstone is the second fastest track in F1 2021, sitting just behind Monza, and above Spa-Francorchamps. This combination of high average speed, and extremely fast sweeping corners makes Silverstone an extremely fun circuit to drive in F1 2021.
To really succeed with a good setup for Silverstone in F1 2021, you need to focus on the producing a balanced setup which allows you to really focus on attacking the tricky corners.
There are a large number of very fast sweeping corners around Silverstone. Corners such as Maggotts, Becketts, Chapel and Stowe are perfect examples of just how fast this track is.
All of these corners are taken at extremely high speeds, with the likes of Maggotts and Becketts barely requiring any braking at all. The majority of corners around Silverstone all lead on to a medium to long straight. This means keeping your mid corner speed, and exit speed high is crucial.
Stability and rear downforce is crucial around Silverstone in F1 2021
To really master these corners you need a car setup which has great stability during quick direction changes. And a setup which has good rear downforce.
Due to the high speed nature of the track, you simply can’t setup your car with too much overall downforce. The excess drag will slow you down along the straights making overtaking and defending near on impossible.
Instead, you should look to run lower front aerodynamics while keeping your rear downforce setup slightly higher. You will need the rear downforce to allow your car to grip as you drive through the fast sweeping corners.
Front aerodynamics affects your overall drag and top speed potential much more than rear aerodynamics. This is why I recommend lowering your front wing angle more than your rear. Rear downforce is more crucial around Silverstone in F1 2021 than front downforce. And adding too much front downforce will slow you down more than increasing your rear downforce.
To help with your overall car stability, you should look to setup your car to be stiffer by increasing your suspension stiffness. This also applies to your anti-roll bars which should also be higher than default.
The stiffer you car, the more responsive it will be overall. However setting up your car to be too stiff will negatively affect tyre wear, so reign it in a little. The stiff suspension will help keep your car planted and level through the fast corners and quick direction changes required around Silverstone.
Around the British Grand Prix track, you should setup your front suspension slightly stiffer than your rear. This will help with front end responsiveness, and will allow you to really throw your car into some of the quick direction changes with confidence.
To try and help your tyre wear, you shouldn’t be too aggressive on your suspension geometry setup. Look to run both camber and toe fairly balanced. If you setup your car with too much camber, you will ultimately be faster through one lap. But you will simply have too much excess tyre wear, meaning more pitstops during a race.
You will lose a little responsiveness by toning down your camber setup, but that should be regained through the stiff suspension.
Minimising drag is crucial around Silverstone. So a low ride height in a must. The track is reasonably smooth and you wont be on too many kerbs throughout a lap. So you can really push the ride height low.
Traction is just as important as rear end stability
Turns 4, 16 and 17 are all very slow corners. And both turns 17 and 4 lead on to long straights. With this in mind, traction is crucial to maximise your performance out of these corners and on to the long straights.
If you get your exit just right from these corners, you will be very well setup to make an overtake at the end of the straights which follow.
To help you really nail your corner exit, you can adjust your car setup in a few ways to increase traction.
The first method is to decrease your on-throttle differential setup. This will help minimise how quickly your rear tyres lose traction under hard acceleration. Lower on-throttle differential will reduce the amount you need to manage your throttle input under acceleration. Ultimately it will help you get the power down quicker, giving you a better corner exit.
As well as lowering your diff setup, you can also lower your rear tyre pressures. This helps soften the rear of the car, and allows more of the tyre’s surface to stay in contact with the track.
More tyre contact with the track equals better traction under acceleration!
Lower tyre pressures will also help manage tyre wear, as it will keep your tyre temperatures down. You may want to setup your front tyre pressures slightly higher to give you a little more ultimate responsiveness in the front of your car.
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