Canadian F1 2021 setup guide
The Canadian Grand Prix may be cancelled this year, but it will still feature in the F1 2021 game. Which is great news, as the Canadian track, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is extremely fun to race.
The track is very high speed, with a few long straights which make for great overtaking opportunities. In between the long straights are a series of very quick chicanes which require a well setup car.
Do you setup your car for the straights or the chicanes?
Ultimately, if you setup your car to be as fast as possible through the slower chicanes, you will comprimise your straight line speed too much. If you are too slow in a straight line around Canada in F1 2021 you will find it extremely difficult during a race to overtake.
So with this in mind, you should look to create a low downforce car setup.
Try to keep your front wing aerodynamics set as low as you can get away with, as this is one of the main factors dictating top end speed. Don’t remove all front aero, instead a setup around the 3 mark should be comfortable. This should give you enough front end grip to get your car turned in to the slower corners without comprimising your straight line speed.
You can setup to run higher aerodynamics on the rear of your car, as this has less impact on overall speed. And it will help the rear of your car stay in contact with the track through the fast corners.
The quick direction changes that are found throughout a lap of Canada in F1 2021 require a stable rear end. So keeping your rear aero about balanced around 6 should give enough downforce through these quick sections.
Throttle control is key
There are a few much slower corners around the Canadina track. Namely, turns 2, 7 and 10. These sections will require a car with good traction, or a driver with good throttle control.
As the rest of the track is very high speed, you shouldn’t look to lower your on-throttle differential setup too much. Instead, try to manage the throttle on the exit of turns 2 and 10. If you’re struggling for rear traction, you can manually adjust the differential as you approach these turns mid race.
If you don’t fancy manually adjusting your diff setup every lap, the quickest way around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is to keep your differential setup reasonably balanced.
The quickest way through a lot of the fast corners at Canada is to attack the kerbs as much as possible. The less kerb you take, the more you have to slow down to get around a corner, meaning the more lap time you’ll lose.
If you can setup your car so it rides kerbs well, you can shorten your route through a lot of the faster corners, giving you a faster lap time.
Some of the kerbs around Canada are reasonably large, and will disrupt your car if you drive right over them. So creating a soft suspension setup to help limit the disruption to your car’s balance over kerbs is a good idea.
You should look to soften both your front and rear suspension to create an overall car setup which can handle kerbs. Try to keep your anti-roll bars slightly stiffer and more balanced than your suspension. Stiffer anti-roll bars will help keep your car responsive through the quick direction changes.
Other than some higher kerbs, Canada is a reasonably flat track. This lets us lower our car’s ride height a fair chunk. Around the 3 or 4 mark works well. Any lower any you may bottom out over some of the kerbs causing momentary loss of control.
To maximise your straight line speed, try to setup your toe reasonably low. The more toe you build in to your setup, the more drag you’ll experience down the long straights, which will ultimately slow you down.
You can however, run fairly aggressive camber. Canada isn’t known as being too punishing on tyre wear, so you can work in a little more camber than at other tracks. More camber will help you carry speed mid corner through the faster turns.
Braking setup is important at Canada
Due to the long straights found at Canada, you’ll find yourself braking from high speed. These heavy braking zones will punish your brakes, and will reward those who have mastered their brake setup.
You can increase your brake pressure up to or close to maximum to improve your braking performance. By also adjusting your brake bias rearward, you can limit the risk of locking a front tyre.
If you are feeling confident under braking, and still require better performance. You can adjust your brake bias more forward. This will improve your ultimate stopping power, but will also increase the risk of locking a wheel.