Shanghai arrived in F1 22 with Update 1.10, along with some other significant improvements to the F1 gaming experience. This is effectively the second DLC for F1 22 after Portugal was added last month.
We haven't seen the Chinese Grand Prix on the calendar since 2019, but it's back in F1 22 ahead of its 2023 return. Here's the wet Chinese setup you need in F1 22!
F1 22 China Wet setup
The Shanghai track is one of the most challenging in Formula 1. With prolonged incline/decline turns, fast changes of direction and long straights, this isn't easy by anybody's standards.
The Shanghai International Circuit has the longest true straight anywhere in F1. However, it also has some of the longest corners too, so your downforce needs to be a little higher than normal to be quick.
We've gone for 32-22 wings in China. This gives you fantastic turn-in through corners like Turn 1 and the Turn 12-13 complex before the back straight. The 22 angle on the rear also keeps you fast in a straight line.
Transmission sets how the power is transmitted from the V6 turbocharged power unit through to the rear axle.
We've found that the best differential settings for China are different to what you expect. 65% on-throttle differential gives you some more grip from the rear axle, allowing for a more predictable corner exit.
The 60% off-throttle differential provides excellent turn-in through some of the longer and trickier corners here.
The wet tyres are very durable, so you can opt for the lowest possible camber and toe angles in Portugal. This provides the most mechanical grip you can get in the F1 game.
That means that you need to go with -2.50 on the front camber and -1.00 on the rear. This is in addition to 0.05 on the front toe and 0.20 on the rear toe.
The suspension setup should be on the soft side for wet weather conditions. This is so that you can get away with using the kerbs and not unsettling the car.
4-2 suspension allows you to use the tricky kerbs around here while also having good overall grip. 3-1 with the anti-roll bar is on the soft side but makes the ride predictable, especially around corners like Turns 7 and 8.
The ride height of 10-9 is extremely high, but there is method to our madness. The climb up to Turn 1 is such that you cannot afford for the plank to scrape along the ground or else you will go wide.
The stop into Turn 14 is one of the biggest braking zones in the game and that means you need powerful brakes.
We've found that using 96% brake pressure and 52% brake bias is best for the wet setup in China. This provides great stopping power and balance between the front and rear axles, while also not locking the brakes up.
The new tyres this season are harder to heat up in previous years. This is down to the tyres being bigger, so you can up the pressures to higher levels that before without suffering excess wear.
We've gone with 22.7 psi on the fronts and 21.7 psi on the rears. These values give you great grip without overheating the tyres.
We are constantly testing and updating our setups, so bookmark this page and check back regularly!