Miami is one of the newest venues on the F1 calendar. With the second ever Miami Grand Prix coming up soon, we put together our beginner-friendly F1 22 Miami setup guide, just for you!
Having burst onto the Formula 1 scene for the first time in 2022, the F1 Miami Grand Prix is back for its second instalment. Given how new it is, F1 22 is the first, and thus far only, Formula 1 game to have featured the circuit.
A fun blend of fast sweepers, flat out sections and finicky, mickey-mouse complexes, the Miami Grand Prix circuit provides a challenge. It’s fairly diverse, so it is quite hard to find a setup that is just right. Thankfully for you, that’s exactly what we have done here. This setup focuses on long-term drivability and stability over a full stint, rather than outright lap time, so bear that in mind.
So, without any further ado, here is our F1 22 Miami Grand Prix setup guide for beginners!
F1 22 Miami Aerodynamics and Transmission
First in the list of compromises that one must make at this track are the wing angles. Given the blend of extremely low-speed corners with straights and high-speed sections, any aerodynamic setup here is a trade-off.
The best way to make that trade off, at least in my opinion, is to run 12-21 wings. With these settings, you should be slippery enough down the straights without sacrificing your ability to hang onto the tarmac during the longer corners. Also, by chucking on a bit of extra downforce at the rear relative to the front, we ensure smoother traction.
Then we have the differential. I went rather ‘route one’ here, opting for the minimum 50% for both the on and off throttle settings. The advantages of an unlocked differential setup such as this one are twofold. First, it yields a more manageable car during acceleration. Second, you will limit your rear tyre wear – always a significant advantage.
F1 Miami Suspension Geometry
The suspension geometry section of the setup menus may seem complex and hard to understand; and it is. Sort of. However, what’s not difficult to understand is that the most stable setup is almost always the exact same at each circuit.
I always experiment to see if something else is better, but almost invariably I find myself going back to what feels the best. In this case, that’s camber settings of -2.50 and -1.00 on the fronts and rears respectively. This gives you plenty of lateral grip without stressing your tyres.
Then, pair that with the classic toe settings of 0.05 at the front and 0.50 at the rear, and you have yourself a dependable vehicle that won’t try to buck you off the road at every opportunity. The front toe setting hardly makes a difference to anything, but running the maximum rear toe definitely helps to smooth out those low-speed corner exits.
F1 22 Miami Setup: Suspension
Let’s move on, then, to perhaps the most important part of any F1 22 setup – your suspension settings. These have a very significant influence on the way the car handles, and so it’s important to get the right.
For the suspension stiffness itself, I’ve opted for 3-1 here. I tend to prefer a slightly softer suspension setup. This has the advantage of lessening tyre wear while simultaneously stopping the car from getting too twitchy. However, some front suspension stiffness is important to keep the nose active during the slower corners. If you find your car feeling a touch languid in the middle sector, consider stiffening the front suspension a little.
Similarly, I’ve gone softer than usual for the anti-roll bars as well. With a front and rear stiffness of 7-1 respectively, I’ve been able to find the balance that forces the car to maintain its grip through the longer corners while stopping it from overheating the tyres in the process.
Finally for this section, we have the ride height. There are some high kerbs in Miami, but I found that I was able to ride them without too much trouble. Therefore, I lowered the car as much as I could to keep a low drag profile. In the end, I found that 3-5 worked the best.
Brakes and Tyres
After the complexity of the suspension comes the simplicity of the brakes. As at every single circuit in F1 22, I recommend running 100% brake pressure at Miami. This gives you the greatest potential stopping power, which is all you really want from your brakes.
However, such powerful brakes can lead to front locking in F1 22. To avoid this, I recommend opting for a rearward brake bias of 50%. This spreads the load evenly between the front and rear brakes, and thus stops the fronts from getting overtaxed and locking up. If you still find yourself struggling with lock-ups, consider lowering the brake pressure by a few percentage points.
For the tyres, I opted to pump just a little more air into each than the default. With 24.0psi for the fronts and 22.0psi for the rears, you get nice, responsive tyres that don’t overheat too quickly. That being said, if you find that your tyres are getting too hot, lowering tyre pressure is always the best way to solve the problem.
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