Browse All F1 23 Bahrain Setups
Browse F1 23 Bahrain Setups for dry, wet & mixed weather. These include race, quali and time trial car setups.
Bahrain International CircuitThe F1 23 season opener is an fun rear-limited track. It includes fast straights, plenty of overtaking opportunities and tricky braking zones, particularly into turn 10.
F1 23 Bahrain Setups Video
Below is our full car setup video for our recommended F1 23 Bahrain Setups.
F1 23 Bahrain Setup Guide
Bahrain has been the season-opening race for a little while now. It is normally a track that promotes good action in F1 23, due to the long straights and heavy braking zones.
Bahrain is a rear limited track, much like Baku and Singapore, meaning your rear tyres will struggle and overheat more than the front tyres, and that is true in F1 23.
You’ll need to create a car setup that has great traction and limits rear tyre wear, as well as allowing you to carry high speed through the sweeping corners throughout a lap.
With your aerodynamic setup, you should look to create a relatively low downforce setup due to the long straights that lead into the last and first corners.
Higher downforce will limit your top speed, making you slower on the straights and overtaking hard during a race. Instead, you should ensure you have enough downforce to carry good speed through the corners as well as keeping up (and hopefully being a bit faster) than other cars during the race.
As mentioned, Bahrain in F1 23 is a rear limited circuit, meaning you can struggle with rear traction when accelerating out of corners. And Bahrain has a fair few heavy acceleration zones due to some slow corners followed by long straights.
For this reason, you should prioritise running a low on-throttle differential setup to counteract the lack of rear traction. This should make accelerating out of the slower turns a little easier, maximising your speed down the straights.
Bahrain is a tricky track to set up suspension geometry for in F1 23. You need to think about reducing toe and rear camber to maximise top speed and traction. However, Bahrain rewards a car that is responsive, meaning higher camber at the front of the car will result in better front-end turn it.
The kerbs around the Bahrain circuit are quite aggressive, and there are parts of the track where you will want to be riding over the kerbs to minimise corner angle and improve your lap times.
Your ability to ride kerbs around Bahrain will be improved by a softer suspension. This will result is a more stable car, and result in less instability mid corner.
Bahrain is infamous for its tricky braking zone heading into turn 10. This turn is an off-camber corner with a braking zone that isn’t straight.
You’ll be turning left during the braking zone which can force your front left tyre to lock quite often. To mitigate this, you can move your brake bias further towards 50%. This will reduce the tendency for the front tyres to lock, but can introduce rear locking which in some cases is even worse.
With Bahrain being rear-limited, your rear tyres will take more punishment than the front tyres in F1 23. You can combat this by reducing rear tyre pressures to reduce overheating. This can also increase your traction out of corners as there will be more tyre in contact with the track surface.
Bahrain F1 23 setup overview
With Bahrain being the first track on the F1 23 calendar, it’s a circuit that many of us will be familiar with. The fast corners combined with the tricky braking zones and hard-to-master turns 9 and 10 make the season opener a hard track to master.
However, it can be incredibly fun to drive with a well-optimised car setup, and normally leads to fun wheel-to-wheel racing with plenty of opportunities to overtake.