F1 2021 France Setup: Paul Ricard race setup, Career Mode, My Team, & more

Paul Ricard is not an easy track to master, but this setup will help you get the most out of the car.

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f1 2021 france setup guide

The Circuit Paul Ricard produces surprisingly fiery racing in F1 2021. Maybe it shouldn’t be that big a surprise, as the French Grand Prix finally produced a banger this season after all.

However, the flat strip of tarmac can be surprisingly difficult to get right thanks to the new handling model in F1 2021.

Which means you need the right setup to keep your car planted.

F1 2021 France setup

Paul Ricard is a tricky little track to get right. With plenty of long radius corners and of course the long Mistral straight you need something of a compromised setup.

There is also the tyre wear to consider, but F1 2021’s wear is considerably lower than in real life so you should be ok as long as you aren’t sliding the car too much through the corners.

Aerodynamics

This section sets your level of downforce for the car. Higher values means more downforce, and thus the ability to carry more speed through the corners, but at the cost of straight line speed.

F1 2021 france setup aero

Here we’ve gone with 5-8 for the wings. This will keep the front end turning into those annoying slow corners and the rear planted through the long corners.

It should also keep you pretty competitive down the Mistral straight.

Transmission

Transmission dictates how the power is directed through the rear wheels. There are several key traction zones around Paul Ricard, so we’ve bumped it up a bit.

F1 2021 france setup transmission

On-throttle differential is set to 80%, which will give you some great drive out onto the pit straight and through some of the corners.

Off-throttle is set to 60%. This will keep the rotation in the car but stops the gap being too wide between diffs, which could cause some snappy moments.

Suspension Geometry

Suspension geometry hasn’t changed much from F1 2020.

F1 2021 France setup suspension geometry

It’s full right for the front camber and full left for the rears.

When it comes to front toe we’ve added a click to 0.06 to improve turn-in a bit. Rear toe is still fully left though.

Suspension

This is one of the most driver-specific parts of the setup, as through the suspension you can create understeer or oversteer to play to your tendencies.

F1 2021 france setup suspension

We’ve gone with 3-4 for the suspension and 7-7 on the anti-roll bars. France requires a bit of a compromise here, as you need the car to be responsive for the chicanes in the first sector, but the long radius corners at the end of the lap can then really punish you if you set it too stiff.

The 3-7 ride height is much higher than in previous years, but will keep the car from bottoming out and also let you ride the kerbs.

Brakes

Brake pressure and brake bias are a little different too.

F1 2021 france setup brakes

Pressure should still be as high as you can handle, but lockups are more common this year so we’ve dropped it a touch to 97%.

Brake bias is also moved forward to 56% so that you avoid rear locking.

Tyres

France can be harsh on tyres, but like we said this year wear is pretty low.

F1 2021 france setup tyres

The fronts are set to 21.4psi with the rears 23.5psi. This keeps the fronts in better shape for longer, but also reduces some rolling resistance from the rears for help at the top end.

We are continually testing and updating our setups so be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly!

Toby Durant

Currently playing: F1 2020, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Forza Horizon 4

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