F1 2021: Abu Dhabi GP Setup Guide (Wet and Dry Lap) and Tips

Check out this guide for the best F1 2021 Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi) dry and wet lap setup in Career Mode, My Team & Race.


The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix rarely produces the kind of thrills that Formula One is best-known for, and it’s a similar situation in F1 2021.  Around the Yas Marina Circuit, the kerbs are particularly brutal, and the middle sector just outrageously clunky. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that most fans and drivers aren’t keen on the race.

Still, you’ll want to mount a challenge and be competitive when racing in the UAE, so here is our setup guide to the Abu Dhabi GP in F1 2021. There hasn’t been a wet session in Abu Dhabi, but there was remarkably a small amount of rain during the 2018 race. So, the focus here is on the dry running.


If you need to get to grips with all of the F1 2021 setup components, check out the Complete F1 2021 Setups Guide.

Best F1 2021 Abu Dhabi Setup (Wet and Dry)

ComponentDry Lap SetupWet Lap Setup
Front Wing Aero77
Rear Wing Aero1010
DT On Throttle0.800.80
DT Off Throttle0.600.60
Front Camber-2.80°-2.80°
Rear Camber-1.40°-1.40°
Front Toe0.11°0.11°
Rear Toe0.35°0.35°
Front Suspension44
Rear Suspension44
Front Anti-Roll Bar66
Rear Anti-Roll Bar66
Front Ride Height55
Rear Ride Height77
Brake Pressure100.0100.0
Front Brake Bias0.540.55
Front Right Tyre Pressure23.0 psi23.0 psi
Front Left Tyre Pressure23.0 psi23.0 psi
Rear Right Tyre Pressure21.5 psi21.5 psi
Rear Left Tyre Pressure21.5 psi21.5 psi

F1 2021 Abu Dhabi GP Setup Tips (Wet and Dry)

Aerodynamics

Dry Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 7
  • Rear Wing Aero: 10

Wet Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 7           
  • Rear Wing Aero: 10

Abu Dhabi might have too long straights, but the circuit has more tight and twisty corners than Monza. So for that reason, you are going to need much more downforce than you might expect.


The key is to get close enough at the hairpin before the long back straight to be able to use your DRS. If you do that, save up your overtake and get DRS – the wing levels shouldn’t hurt you too much.

Transmission

Dry Lap

  • Differential On Throttle: 80%
  • Differential Off Throttle:60%

Wet Lap


  • Differential On Throttle: 80%
  • Differential Off Throttle:60%

Transmission at Yas Marina is a bit tricky due to the nature of the track, but you certainly want to lean towards a more balanced setup for the on and off-throttle differential settings.

Around the 80 per cent then 60 per cent level should suffice for this setup, providing lots of grip out of the many of slow-speed corners. Only the sweeping left and right after Turn 1 require any amount of sustained cornering grip, and this setup should do you nicely through there.

Suspension Geometry

Dry Lap

  • Front Camber: -2.80
  • Rear Camber: -1.40
  • Front Toe: 0.11
  • Rear Toe: 0.35

Wet Lap

  • Front Camber: 2.80
  • Rear Camber: 1.40
  • Front Toe: 0.11  
  • Rear Toe: 0.35

Abu Dhabi is not a venue at which you’ll want to go for sustained cornering traction. This is simply because there’re just two corners that require said traction. So, you’ll want to slightly reduce some of the camber to give yourself the best traction out of the corners.

For the toe, though, you can definitely go for a much more aggressive setup with both toe-in at the rear and toe-out at the front. This is because you need a sharp turn in response to the tricky chicanes and the various other corners around the Yas Marina Circuit.

It’s a bit tricky to get camber and toe setups for the Abu Dhabi GP exactly right and reduce that body roll, so you can always experiment a little in practice.

Suspension

Dry Lap

  • Front Suspension: 4
  • Rear Suspension: 4
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar: 6
  • Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 6
  • Front Ride Height: 5
  • Rear Ride Height: 7

Wet Lap

  • Front Suspension: 4
  • Rear Suspension: 4
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar: 6
  • Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 6
  • Front Ride Height: 5
  • Rear Ride Height: 7

The only real bumps at the Abu Dhabi venue are the kerbs, with the track surface itself being relatively smooth and quite easygoing on the tyres. We’ve found that a very neutral setup both with the suspension and the anti-roll bars is the best way to go in the UAE on F1 2021. A lot of this comes down to personal preference and can depend on your driving style, so you can always adjust as you wish.

When it comes to the ride height setup, you really want this to be quite high. The kerbs at Abu Dhabi are, perhaps, some of the worst in F1 2021, being raised and brutal, and if you so much as look at them as you go over them, the car can be easily unsettled and spun around.

We have gone a touch too far with the ride height setup, so you could probably bring them down a smidge, but with our settings, you wouldn’t need to worry about getting spun out over a kerb.

Brakes

Dry Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 100%
  • Front Brake Bias: 54%

Wet Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 100%
  • Front Brake Bias: 54%

With just a few adjustments to the default brake pressure and front brake bias you can offset the potential of a lock up. So, crank up the brake pressure all of the way up, and hit around 54 per cent for the brake bias.

Tyres

Dry Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 23.0  psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi

Wet Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 23.0  psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi

Tyre-wise, Abu Dhabi is a bit of a nightmare. You need the straight-line speed, but higher tyre temperatures will cause you quite a few issues. Our tyre pressures will allow you to play it quite safe at the Yas Marina Circuit. If you do adjust them, bring them down slightly, to just avoid cooking the tyres in the tricky final sector.

So, that’s our setup guide to the Yas Marina Circuit in F1 2021. It’s a tricky and awkward track that can unfairly punish you, but unlike in real life, there can be many opportunities for you to pull an overtake and create some excitement. At least with a custom Career Mode, we can set Brazil as the rightful season finale – even if the Yas Marina venue is truly spectacular. 

Have you got your own Abu Dhabi Grand Prix setup? Share it with us in the comments below!

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