Jeddah is a fairly unique circuit in the world of F1. It combines very high speeds with close walls, leaving drivers with no margin for error. Therefore, it’s essential to give yourself the best chance with a good setup. Here is our F1 23 Saudi Arabia setup guide.
One of the newest entries into the F1 calendar, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit is the location of the F1 23 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. With many fast, sweeping corners, downforce is important here. However, there are several flat-out sections, which demand as little drag as possible.
To tell you how to achieve this balance, as well as which other settings to use, here is our beginner-friendly F1 23 Saudi Arabia setup guide.
F1 23 Saudi Arabia Aerodynamics
At Jeddah, even more than at most other circuits in F1 23, getting the correct wing balance is crucial. You need to make sure you have enough downforce to manage the high-speed corners without leaving yourself a sitting duck down the long straights.
To achieve this, I recommend running 24-27 at the front and rear respectively. This middle-ground should give you the grip you need without raising your drag profile too much. If you can get away with it, consider lowering your wing angles a little to gain more time down the straight.
F1 23 Saudi Arabia Transmission
While there aren’t too many traction zones in Saudi Arabia in F1 23, those that do exist are important. By adjusting your transmission settings, you can ensure that you can maximise your exits from the slower corners on the track.
Specifically, I have found that an unlocked differential setup of 50% on-throttle and 60% off-throttle yields the best results. Not only does this lead to smoother traction, it also helps to limit overall tyre wear on the rears.
Tyre wear can be a factor in races at Jeddah in F1 23. As such, it’s useful to limit tyre wear with our setup when it doesn’t cost much pace to do so.
The easiest way to do this is with your camber settings in the suspension geometry section of the setup menu. I would suggest -2.60 and -1.10 here, as this will lighten the load on your tyres without sacrificing too much.
As for the toe settings, 0.05 and 0.27 work well for me. These settings don’t have a large impact on your car’s performance, so feel free to play around a little here.
Responsivity is essential in Saudi Arabia in F1 23. Effectively, what this means is that you need to be able to change direction quickly and sharply. This is especially true in the tricky esses section towards the end of the first sector.
The best way to guarantee that your car will respond well to your steering inputs is to stiffen up the front suspension. Therefore, I suggest running 33-10 for your suspension stiffness settings. This high value at the front does lead to more tyre wear, so if you find yourself struggling to keep the fronts in a good window over a longer stint, try softening your suspension a little.
For your anti-roll bars, going with 16-6 on the front and the rear settings respectively keeps your car in check during sustained cornering situations. With a lower front anti-roll bar firmness, you risk mid-corner understeer, which can lose you lots of time in Jeddah.
Next up is the ride height. Keeping your car low is useful, as it lowers your overall drag profile down the straights. However, go too low and you won’t even be able to think about touching some of the kerbs here. By going with 37-40, you can get the best of both worlds.
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix isn’t as touch on the brakes as some other races are. However, it’s still important to make sure you are comfortable with them, particularly for the final corner.
I suggest 100% brake pressure, with a bias of 54%. This way, you get the best overall braking performance without stressing either your front or rear brakes too much.
If you start to struggle with front tyre wear and locking, try lowering the bias setting a little. However, you will need to watch out for rear locking – when the rear end kicks out during the braking zone – as this is a factor in F1 23.
Finally we move on to the tyre pressures. In general, it’s a good idea to run low tyre pressures, as it is an easy way to help you to manage your temperatures. In the Saudi Arabian heat, that can be a tough task.
By running 22.7psi on the fronts and 20.3psi on the rears, you should be able to keep those temperatures in check. However, if you do find yourself struggling to keep your tyres in the window, lowering these values is the quickest and best solution.
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