One of the hardest tracks to master in F1 22 is Bahrain. It features a unique blend of fast and slow corners, along with four long straights. Get the most out of it with our F1 22 Bahrain setup guide.
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Bahrain has played host to the Formula 1 circus almost every year since its initial arrival onto the calendar in 2004. This year, the race at the Sakhir International Circuit was the season opener, and it saw Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz bagging the first 1-2 of the season for Ferrari while the Red Bulls both underwent reliability issues.
With four long straights, top speed is important in the Bahraini desert. However, one cannot simply sacrifice downforce entirely, as the second sector in particular features a twisting esses section which can catch you out if you aren’t careful. To help you get the best out of Sakhir, we have created this F1 22 Bahrain Setup Guide.
This setup was designed with stability in mind, and as such you should find your car easy to drive with these settings. Additionally, this setup should be suitable for both gamepad and wheel users.
F1 22 Bahrain Setup: Aerodynamics and Transmission
First and foremost with any F1 22 setup are the aerodynamics. Wing angles have changed a bit with the new game. Now, instead of choosing a value between 1-11, players can now select between 1-50. This means that there is a lot more choice and wiggle-room available to suit your needs.
As we have already mentioned, top speed is important in Bahrain. As such, it’s important not to go too high with your wing settings.
Going for 15-30 for your front and rear wings respectively is perhaps a little on the high side, but it certainly helps to ensure the care is drivable and manageable. Keeping a higher angle with your rear wing compared to the front gives you a more planted and reliable rear end.
Next up is the transmission. This part can be hard for newer players to wrap their heads around, and the off-throttle setting in particular doesn’t make a huge amount of difference to the way your car feels.
By running an unlocked on-throttle differential setting of 50%, your rear wheels should be more compliant. Thus, you will have less difficulty with traction out of the slow corners. For the off-throttle setting, 100% will do the trick nicely.
Suspension Geometry and Suspension
Now we get to one of the most important and complicated parts of any F1 22 setup – the suspension. For our F1 22 Bahrain setup guide, we have designed this part of the setup with a full race distance in mind. Therefore, settings which minimise tyre wear are of high value.
For your camber settings, running each bar all the way to the right-hand-side works nicely. These values of -2.50 at the front and -1.00 at the rear benefit traction, which is crucial at Sakhir. Furthermore, these settings limit the strain you put on your tyres, which is certainly a plus.
As for the toe, a minimum angle of 0.05 on the front works nicely. Feel free to play around with the front toe a little, as it doesn’t have a major effect on the overall setup. The rear toe, however, is quite important. Running a maximum rear toe setting of 0.50 once again helps to ensure smooth and reliable traction out of the slow corners.
The suspension itself is a tricky one. We found that the softest possible suspension settings 1-1 worked best. If you find yourself struggling with understeer, however, consider raising the stiffness of the front suspension. Beware, though, doing this maty cause the car to become a bit harder to handle and less predictable overall.
As for the anti-roll bars, and ride height, fairly standard settings of 3-9 and 4-7 give you everything you need to boost your stability. If you’re confident in avoiding the kerbs, you can consider lowering your ride height. Doing so will reduce your drag and this improve your speed down the straights.
Brakes and Tyres
Now that all of the complicated stuff is out of the way, we can quickly round off our F1 22 Bahrain setup guide with the simple stuff. If you are confident on the brakes, going for a maximum brake pressure setting of 100% will give you the best potential performance.
However, there are several heavy braking zones in Bahrain. As such, running a rather rearward brake bias of 51% will help you to avoid front locking. If you find your rear-end stepping out too much under braking, raising your brake bias percentage should help.
Finally there are the tyres. We found that the standard tyre pressure settings of 23.8psi for the fronts and 21.8psi for the rears works best. Higher pressures would risk overheating, while lower pressures would sacrifice performance. That being said, if you find your tyres getting too hot, lowering your pressures is an easy fix.
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