Imola is one of the most difficult circuits on the F1 calendar to find a great setup for. With our F1 22 Imola setup guide, you should find yourself with a stable and drivable car.
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Having been a mainstay of the F1 calendar for years, Imola was dropped from the sport for the 2007 season. However, it was one of several circuits that were brought back into the limelight in 2020 as a result of the global pandemic.
Now, it’s becoming something of a fan favourite, and it is one of the most ‘old-school’ circuits on the calendar. Because of this, it can be tricky to get right. To help you stand a better chance of doing so, here is our F1 22 Imola setup guide.
Aerodynamics and Transmission
On any F1 car, the front and rear wings are of the utmost importance. They determine how much downforce the car produces at the front and rear end. If you run higher wing angles, your car will have more downforce. However, this comes at a cost of straight line speed. Additionally, its important that the two ends of the car are well-balanced. If they aren’t, the car can become difficult to control.
For Imola, we recommend running with rather high wing angles to help you with the high speed corners. Specifically, we have gone with 23-40 to get the most out of the circuit. By running a higher rear wing compared to the front, we aim to create a setup which gives you a reliable car in the traction zones. In simpler English, it should help you to avoid losing control of the back end.
You can help bolster your stability via the transmission settings too. Running 50% for the on-throttle setting and 65% for the off-throttle setting is our sweet spot. The unlocked on-throttle setting is especially helpful for making sure your car is easy to handle when putting down the power.
Suspension Geometry and Suspension
Suspension geometry settings can be tough to wrap one’s head around. The most important parts of this page are the front and rear camber settings, as well as the rear toe. For your camber, we suggest going with -2.70 and -1.20.
As for the toe, a rear toe setting of 0.50 goes a long way to ensuring your car doesn’t get too twitchy. Front toe is much less crucial, but at most circuits including Imola 0.05 does the job well.
Then we have the suspension itself. Stability can be hard to come by at Imola, as such we prefer to go with a soft suspension setup. To be precise, 1-1 gives you a reliable, stable car which isn’t too unresponsive when changing direction.
As with the stiffness of the suspension, the anti-roll bar settings are also going to the extreme ends of the scale. 1-11 for your front and rear anti-roll bars will help to prevent your car from washing wide during the faster corners. Meanwhile, to help you to deal with some of the higher kerbs at Imola, a ride height of 5-7 is our recommendation.
F1 22 Imola Setup Guide: Brakes and Tyres
Now we get to the easier parts of the setup. For your brake pressure, 100% is usually the way to go. That being said, if you find yourself locking up constantly, consider lowering this to a mark where you feel comfortable. To help mitigate the chance of you locking your front wheels, opt for a brake bias setting of 50%. This spreads the braking workload out evenly between your front and rear brakes.
Finally we have the tyres. Here, it’s all about maximising your tyre pressures without causing your tyres to overheat. To strike this balance, we went for 24.0psi on the fronts and 22.0psi on the rears. However, if you find yourself struggling with your tyres, particularly when it comes to tyre temperatures, then lowering your tyre pressures should be your first port of call.
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