The Jeddah Corniche circuit has quickly embedded itself at the start of the Formula 1 season so you will need this F1 23 Saudi Arabia setup. The fast-flowing street circuit has little room for error, making a stable and predictable setup a must.
Now that F1 23 is out, you will need to use this setup if you want to claim victory on the fast streets of Jeddah.
F1 23 Saudi Arabia setup
While it's only been on the calendar for a few years, the Jeddah Corniche circuit has delivered some great racing. It's opening chicane is almost purpose-built to create contact when overtaking, while the flowing esses through the first sector are a challenge on fresh tyres and treacherous on worn ones. The back half of the lap is nearly all flat out, with only a few moments rest from sweeping left and right.
With three DRS zones and plenty of chances for opportunistic overtakes, it's a track that requires bravery and skill to master, as well as the right setup!
Jeddah's fast and flowing nature rewards top speed but punishes anyone who dares remove too much wing. As a result, we have opted for something of a compromise with this setup.
To keep the car driveable through the twists and turns but quick at the end of the straights we have gone with 30-26 wings. This will give you enough front end to dive into the first chicane and enough rear to hold on through the rollercoaster sweepers.
An early meta is establishing itself in F1 23 for this setting, which dictates how the rear wheels rotate in relation to one another.
We really like 55% on-throttle and 52% off-throttle for the transmission settings this year. It provides good rotation and traction balance, allowing you the confidence to turn the car and then get on the power without it swapping ends on you.
Likewise there is a meta to suspension geometry, but in this case it is the same as it has been for years.
That means you want to set the front camber to -3.50 and the rear -1.00. Toes are set to 0.00 on the front and 0.10 on the rear.
The suspension settings have been broadened, allowing for more tweaking and personalisation in the setup. However the principles of F1 game setups still apply, firm at the front, lose at the rear, and as low as you can get away with!
We have gone with 39-10 on the suspension and 15-10 for the anti-roll bars. This gives the car good turn-in performance and pointiness while keeping the rear from fully stepping out.
Ride height is set to 30-30 to make the car as slippery as possible. There aren't too many kerbs to do damage on, but be sure to avoid the very raised ones.
Braking is trickier in F1 23 than in previous games as it is easier to catch a lockup. That said, the principle of maximum braking power still remains.
We have gone with 100% brake pressure and 57% brake bias. This gives you the best stopping force without high risk of lockups, but they can still occur if your trail braking technique isn't great.
To remove lockups completely you can either use the ABS assist or reduce the brake pressure by a few clicks, just bear in mind that lower brake pressure means less stopping power so you will need to brake earlier.
The Pirelli rubber hasn't changed too much from F1 22, and while the options for pressures are wider than before, we really only need one.
We've gone with minimum tyre pressures across the board which means 22.0 psi on the fronts and 20.0 psi on the rears. This gives us a large contact patch and fewer thermal issues longer into a stint. They will take a little longer to warm up though, so fresh out of the pits you'll want to take care for the first half of your out lap.
These setups are intended for intermediate players who may still be using assists like traction control and ABS. However, if you are looking for an extra edge then you can try a few of these adjustments:
- Decrease the wing levels by 1-3 clicks to improve top speed
- This will make the car less capable on turn-in and less stable in high-speed direction changes
- If the car doesn't feel like it is doing what you want on turn-in then raise the front wing a click or two
- If the car is too loose at low speeds try moving the off-throttle differential to 53/54 for more stability
- For a more "pointy" car stiffen the front suspension & anti-roll bar
- This will make getting traction trickier
- Don't be afraid to move brake bias during the lap. More frontward will give better performance in heavy braking zones, and a rearward for lighter braking zones
- Lockups are easier to achieve in F1 23 than previous games. Front locking is less catastrophic than rear locking, and which way you go from our mark will increase your chances of a lockup in that direction
- Add a click of tyre pressure for short online races to improve tyre warm-up!
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