The newest addition to the calendar, Las Vegas offers Formula 1 drivers and F1 23 players alike a fresh challenge. Get the most out of the new track with our F1 23 Las Vegas setup guide.
Since Liberty Media became involved in Formula 1, there has been a shift in focus towards the North American racing market. Las Vegas is the latest addition to the Formula 1 calendar, and its inclusion is a product of this strategy.
With flat-out sections dominating the lap, the circuit’s closest relative on the modern day calendar is Baku. With such long straights comes the need to reduce drag, almost at all costs. To find the best way to do so without struggling through the corners, use our F1 23 Las Vegas setup guide.
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F1 23 Las Vegas Setup: Aerodynamics
As a result of the aforementioned importance of drag limitation in Las Vegas, you will need to run your wing angles as low as possible. However, you can’t simply turn them all the way down to zero and still hope to navigate your way through the braking zones and corners.
My recommendation is to run 12-17 wings in Las Vegas. These angles are low enough to give you the striaght line speed you need without leaving you stranded elsewhere.
If you consider yourself a master at controlling the rear end of the car (or you drive with traction control enabled), then you should try lowering the rear wing setting to roughly match that of the front. This will increase your top speed even more, but it may come at a cost of drivability.
F1 23 Las Vegas Setup: Transmission
Speaking of drivability, let’s turn our attention to the next part of the F1 23 setup menu: The transmission.
By running the minimum 50% for both the on and off throttle differential adjustment settings, I found that I was able to put the power down with ease on the exits of almost all of the slow corners in Las Vegas.
Next up we have the suspension geometry section of our setup. This part can be relatively straightforward, but it is important to get it right, as the camber settings in particular can have a significant impact.
I suggest opting for fairly moderate camber settings in Las Vegas. If you run -2.70 at the front and -1.20 at the rear, you should find yourself with good grip through the long corners of the opening sector. The main reason not to move the camber values further into the negatives is to limit tyre wear over a full stint.
Then there are the toe settings. These, as ever, seem to have relatively little effect on your overall setup. For me, a front toe of 0.00 works just fine. By opting for the maximum 0.30 at the rear, I gain a little bit of stability under traction.
This section is perhaps the most important part of your F1 23 Las Vegas setup. If you find the right balance in this menu, your car will feel both drivable and responsive to your inputs. It’s also important to consider the tyres here, as a harsh suspension setup will damage them over time.
It’s important to run a decently stiff front suspension in Las Vegas, to compensate for our low front wing angle. By running 25-10 for your front and rear suspension values, you should find your car responds sharply to your adjustments without being too twitchy.
For your anti-roll bars, I suggest 14-13. Usually, I prefer more of a discrepancy between the front and rear values, but at Las Vegas I’ve found a more even setup works very nicely indeed. These stiff anti-roll bars help your car to hang on to the road through the longer corners.
Ride height is a bit tricky in Las Vegas. For a stable, drivable car, the lowest I could manage was 35-39. However, if you think that you can avoid the kerbs, then you could try lowering your car. By doing so, you’ll benefit from a sleeker drag profile down the straights.
Las Vegas features some unusually challenging braking zones at the end of certain flat out sections. There are two occasions during the lap where you will be braking hard while the track is not fully straight. As such, confidence on the brakes is crucial for your lap times.
In those tricky braking zones, I struggled with rear locking. So, to go with my usual brake pressure of 100%, I opted for a front brake bias value of 57%. This is further towards the front than I would usually recommend, but for me it was the best way to balance the workload between the fronts and the rears.
Finally, we have reached the last section of the F1 23 Las Vegas setup menu. Here, you can adjust your tyre pressures.
If you run low tyre pressures, such as 22.6psi for the fronts and 20.5psi for the rears, you will find that your tyres should remain well within the optimal temperature window. However, if your tyres start to heat up faster than you would like, then the best remedy is to lower these values yet further.
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