F1 2020 French GP Setup – Dry: Qualifying & race setup for Paul Ricard
Dull in real life, but packed with possibilities in the game, you need this setup to go fast!
The French Grand Prix returned in 2018, and while the real-life racing has been a bit dull at Paul Ricard, the virtual track provides a lot of entertainment.
From bizarre corner-cutting challenges to crazy wheel-to-wheel battles, you can do it all at Paul Ricard, but you have to be quick.
French Grand Prix Setup guide
The nearly-completely flat circuit takes away any worry about sharp elevation unsettling the car. It’s also a circuit with low kerbs, that while you will ride won’t do much to unsettle the car either.
And then there is the long Mistral straight, where top speed is required.
Let’s look at how you should set up the car for France.
There is a big, big need for speed around Paul Ricard. With several long straights you need to trim wing.
As a result this 2-7 setting has been our go-to. It will keep the rear planted when you carry speed through the sweeping curves and keep your front end.
There are a few big traction zones on this lap, and tyre life is at something of a premium.
As a result, we’ve gone with the classic 50% on-throttle differential to look after the tyres a bit more and provide some more predictable traction.
The 65% off-throttle will keep the rears driving you through the corners.
One of the tricker parts of the setup to understand, this is all about how the wheels are aligned with the body of the car. Fortunately, there is one OP setting you can always fall back on.
Push those cambers all the way to the right with the -2.50, -1.00 settings and bring the toes all the way left with 0.05, 0.20.
This can stress the tyres a little, but you get back more in overall performance.
Suspension is the most track-specific and driver-specific part of the setup.
For France it’s all about a stiff rear and low ride height.
We’ve gone with 3-7 suspension. This provides a touch more predictable acceleration.
The 4-11 anti-roll bars may look extreme, but it creates a solid rear end that will always be planted firmly and ready to push you out of corners.
The 2-3 ride height will make you a missile down the straights. With only one large kerb to avoid it’s a pretty easy way to make pure gains on this track.
This is all about stopping power. With the Mistral chicane being the best place to overtake you’ll want as much of it as possible.
We’ve gone for the max 100% brake pressure. This will increase the chances of lockups, but to counter that we’ve got 50% bias on the brakes.
If you find this locks up too much then drop the brake pressure down to 90% and then move the bias forward until you start locking up again.
Traction and tyre preservation, we’ve got it!
By taking all the air out, or at least as much as possible you spread the heat around more of the tyre and create better traction.
Some of this benefit is taken away in a greater “rolling resistance” at top speed, but that is negligible compared to the gain.
The 21.0 psi on the fronts and 19.5 psi on the rears will be a big help.