Austria's Red Bull Ring is situated in the beautiful Styrian Mountains, but you can't spend any time admiring the view. The circuit returned to the calendar in 2016 and has become a fan-favourite once again.
On the surface, the circuit appears to be simple, but that ironically makes it more difficult, as mistakes are exaggerated as a result. Let's dive into the setup that you need to succeed!
Despite being a high-speed circuit, the Red Bull Ring doesn't have many fast corners. Therefore, your tyre choices can be on the soft side and still make the end of the race.
We recommend a soft on the front axle and a medium on the rear. You can go soft on both, but you will struggle with traction towards the end of the race if you do.
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Your preload values must be turned down to 0 for both the front and rear of the bike. This is for maximum grip levels, which will gain you heaps of time through the final two sectors.
If you're struggling to get around the first three corners, though, then turn these values up, as it will allow the bike to lean more.
The fork settings need to be different to compensate for the preload values. You need to go with a maximum of 10 rebound while also opting for 3 compression.
These settings make the suspension have a good amount of damping, which will make the bike have a smoother ride. It will cost you ultimate pace, but allow for more consistent lap times.
Shock absorbers have to also follow suit with high rebound and low compression. 10 again for the rebound and 3 for compression is ideal.
Finally, the springs should be on the low side for stiffness. We reckon 0 for both front and rear is best, but if this makes the ride too unpredictable, raise these values.
Like at many of the circuits on the calendar, the steering head inclination must be low for Austria. You need to go all the way down to 0 for maximum responsiveness.
Likewise, the trail must go all the way down to 0. This will make the bike have the best possible turn-in, something you'll need in the slow 90 degree bends at the start of the lap.
The gearbox needs to be configured so that the ratios are slightly higher than default at the RB Ring. 1st gear is best at default, with the other gears set to 7 and top gear at 8.
This will cost you acceleration, but allow you to be power through the high-speed corners at the end of the lap better.
The standard values of 340 mm on the front and 220 mm of brakes on the rear shouldn't be altered for the Red Bull Ring.
You will need that stopping power into the big braking zones of Turns 1-3. Bigger brakes may add weight, but will allow you to make some very daring overtakes and gain lap time.
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Traction Control has should be at 3. There aren't too many big traction zones here, but you'll often be accelerating while steering during the final two sectors.
You could turn this down to 2, though, if you're gentle on the throttle.
Engine braking needs to be set at 3 to help lose speed through the double right-handers at the end of the circuit. If you feel like you're losing too much speed through the long corners, though, turn this value down.
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Anti-wheelie aid should be around 3, as because of the elevation changes, your bike will try and fly up in the air.
Power should be up to 2 for the straights in the race and qualifying. All of the ECU settings can be adjusted on-track and during the race, so feel free to alter these as your race progresses.