The Red Bull Ring in Austria is one of the most enjoyable tracks to drive around in F1 22, offering an interesting compromise between downforce and top speed, and is ideal for some close wheel-to-wheel racing. It has long straights in two of its sectors with a final flowing sector that makes it an easy drive.
The Red Bull Ring is an example of an easy to learn, yet difficult to master circuit. It’s a power sensitive track, and a good setup is needed to give you the competitive advantage. What is, on paper, quite a simple circuit is actually a challenging affair.
Racing at this track, after its re-introduction in 2016, has produced some scintillating wheel-to-wheel racing. It has quickly become a driver and fan favourite. Max Verstappen has triumphed here to win four times, making him the most successful driver at this track.
To help you perform well at this track, here is Outsider Gaming’s setup F1 guide for the Austrian GP (Red Bull Ring).
The Best F1 22 Austria setup
|Component||Dry Setup||Wet Setup|
|Front Wing Aero||15||18|
|Rear Wing Aero||18||30|
|DT On Throttle||55%||55%|
|DT Off Throttle||50%||50%|
|Front Anti-Roll Bar||10||2|
|Rear Anti-Roll Bar||1||7|
|Front Ride Height||3||3|
|Rear Ride Height||4||8|
|Front Brake Bias||50%||54%|
|Front Right Tyre Pressure||25 psi||23.2 psi|
|Front Left Tyre Pressure||25 psi||23.2 psi|
|Rear Right Tyre Pressure||23 psi||21.7 psi|
|Rear Left Tyre Pressure||23 psi||21.7 psi|
|Tyre Strategy (25% race)||Medium-Soft||Medium-Soft|
|Pit Window (25% race)||9-10 lap||9-10 lap|
|Fuel (25% race)||+1.2 laps||+1.2 laps|
Not much downforce is needed at this track as one would expect, but the wing values are much higher than in Monza. Due to the latter part of Sector 2 and the whole of Sector 3, running high wings helps maintain increased speeds through the corners. For this track in the dry, the wings are set to 15 and 18 on the front and rear. Since the Austrian GP is a short track, it is crucial to nail the balance between outright downforce for the best times.
For a wet course, the wings are turned up to 18 and 30 in the front and rear to give stability in the high-speed sections, compensating for the lower grip levels.
Teams generally don’t have much of a problem with tyre wear at this track, so you can afford to have the differential more locked on throttle. Differential on-throttle at 55% and off-throttle at 50% gives you better traction out of corners and onto the straights after the Niki Lauda turn (T1) and Turn 3 in Sectors 1 and 2. Corner entry rotation isn’t compromised either and as a result, it is easier to get the car turned in especially at Rauch (T4) and Turn 2.
This differential setup remains unchanged for wet conditions.
Suspension geometry setup
Changes to camber and toe-in could affect tyre wear drastically. The focus with suspension geometry is toward longevity rather than being aggressive and reducing tyre life. Tyre degradation is low at this venue and are normally one stoppers.
Front and rear camber values are -2.50 and -1.00. Toe values are 0.05 and 0.20. These remain the same in both dry and wet conditions.
Every driver has a slightly different driving style, and the suspension setup is more of a personal setting. Having a baseline from which you can tweak and improve upon is the way to go. It’s suggested to keep the front and rear suspensions at 10 and 1. Having softer suspension at the rear will give you more mechanical grip and reduce drag on the straights. Anti-roll bar values are also 10 for the front and 1 for the rear. However, if you find yourself having difficulty keeping the rear in check during high-speed corners, consider increasing the rear anti-roll bar value.
In the wet, the front and rear suspensions are set to 2 and 7 with the same anti-roll bar values. This compensates for the lack of grip in wet conditions. The stability also improves in the latter part of Sector 2 and through Section 3, where you would lose a lot of time otherwise.
The ride height is 3 and 4 for the front and rear for dry conditions. In the wet, it’s 3 and 8 in response to the increase in wing angles and downforce. You would want to take some of the kerbs at this track aggressively, and the recommended ride height will ensure you don’t get thrown off into the runoff. Plus, having the ride height higher in the rear will allow for the rear end of the car to compress without bottoming out on the straights.
Brake pressure should be set to 100% for both dry and wet conditions as you will need all the stopping power you can get for such a high speed and short track. Brake bias in the dry is at 50%, helping to prevent lockups in the heavy braking zones of Turns 1, 3, and the Rauch corner at Turn 4. In the wet, the brake bias is at 54% which helps leverage the fronts a bit more as braking time is longer.
As this track has long straights, higher tyre pressures will give a speed advantage. Don’t worry too much about the tyre wear, as any increase in tyre pressures will certainly aid you when it comes to top-speed and help you to make overtaking moves.
The best places to overtake at the Austrian GP are into Turn 3 and into Turn 4, at the end of the two main DRS zones between Turn 1 and 4 and through Rauch corner.
Keeping that in mind, set the front tyre pressures to 25 and slightly lower the rear tyres to 23 to aid in traction out of corners. This increases tyre temperatures and wear, but you should be fine at this track with this setup.
In the wet, the fronts go down to 23.2 and the rears to 21.7 to help preserve the intermediates for the full race.
Pit window (25% race)
Races are generally one stop at this track and going from softs to medium is ideal. The softs help capitalise in overtaking at the start of the race. Pitting at around lap 9 or 10 is a good choice. The fresh mediums at this stage will help increase your advantage and allow you to easily overtake cars on older tyres.
Fuel strategy (25% race)
Fuel is at +1.2 as most of the track is on full throttle. You won’t have any issues with low fuel forcing you to lift and coast for the duration of your race.
It might seem like a simple circuit, but the Red Bull Ring has its complexities and is an absolute blast to drive around. Plus, if you are relatively new to the F1 game series, you will find Austria to be the ideal venue for learning the basics of driving the car, cornering, and how the cars behave.
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