Bahrain has hosted a Grand Prix for nearly two decades now in Formula One. This season saw an epic duel between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, as well as plenty of scraps in the mid-field. It’s a tricky venue to tame, but one that will reward you with plenty of lap time once you get it right.
Before we get into the best setup for the Bahrain GP in F1 22, it should be noted that there has never been a wet Bahrain Grand Prix due to it being held in the desert.
So, unless you set it to rain in Grand Prix mode, you will never encounter a wet race at the venue in the F1 22 game. As such, this setup will focus uniquely on just the dry aspects of the setup, with the wet setup mirroring the dry setup.
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Best F1 22 Bahrain Setup
|Component||F1 22 Bahrain Setup (Dry)||F1 22 Bahrain Setup (Wet)|
|Front Wing Aero||22||30|
|Rear Wing Aero||30||40|
|DT On Throttle||90%||80%|
|DT Off Throttle||60%||50%|
|Front Anti-Roll Bar||7||10|
|Rear Anti-Roll Bar||3||4|
|Front Ride Height||3||4|
|Rear Ride Height||4||5|
|Front Brake Bias||50%||50%|
|Front Right Tyre Pressure||23.2 psi||25 psi|
|Front Left Tyre Pressure||23.2 psi||25 psi|
|Rear Right Tyre Pressure||23 psi||23 psi|
|Rear Left Tyre Pressure||23 psi||23 psi|
|Tyre Strategy (25% race)||Soft-Medium||Soft-Medium|
|Pit Window (25% race)||4-6 Lap||4-6 Lap|
|Fuel (25% race)||+1.5 Laps||+1.5 Laps|
Bahrain offers an interesting mix of power, thanks to its long straights, and downforce, due to the tight infield section of the track and the faster corners in Sector 3 and at the end of Sector 2. So, balancing your aero levels is essential.
Keeping the rear wing levels higher is crucial. You might find that the car pitches around in the higher speed corners if it’s too low, and a front wing value around the 30 mark gives great front end turn in the twisting corners of the Bahrain GP.
For the Bahrain GP on F1 22, you need plenty of grip in the slow corners and the faster, sweeping corners in the final sector. Keeping the setup for the differential relatively high on the on throttle and neutral for off throttle means that you will have good levels of traction in the higher and slower corners.
Tyre wear in Bahrain can be pretty high due to the hot temperatures, and any laps that you can get over your rivals, tyre life-wise, could pay dividends come the end of the Grand Prix.
Camber is a bit of a nightmare in Bahrain, given that the high temperatures ensure that you will not want to overheat those tyres at all. Still, the swooping left and right-hander in the final sector of the track demand plenty of grip, so adding negative camber to the front can be balanced with less negative camber at the rear.
You can afford to lose some front toe as well on the car and balance it out with a bit more rear toe. The last thing that you want in Bahrain is a car that’s lazy or slow through the tighter middle sector, in particular, Turn 10 – the sharp right-hander before the small back straight.
Worrying about bumps isn’t anything that you really need to do at the Bahrain International Circuit. Its smooth nature ensures that the car won’t be punished down any of the straights. Plus, the last thing that you want is to have a car that will pivot around in the heavy braking zone down at Turn 1. We’ve gone for a firm front and softer rear suspension.
Lowering the rear ride height is a good idea to reduce drag down the massive main straight – which is probably the key overtaking zone at Bahrain – along with the DRS-assisted run down to Turn 4. You should up the rear ride height levels a bit, though, to keep it more planted on the grand in the faster corners of the track.
Keep a closer to neutral anti-roll bar setup to get good control in and out of the corners. Doing this will also help to keep traction levels good during the faster Sector 3.
Brake pressures are something to keep a very close eye on in Bahrain. The braking zone down into Turn 1, in particular, is incredibly heavy. We have seen drivers in the past get it wrong and either crash into the car in front, lock up, or spin around.
We’ve gone for 100% brake pressure, but you can bring this down from 100 ever so slightly to limit the chances that you’ll lock up and run wide at the corner. Also, balance out the brake bias a bit as rear locking can easily happen along some corners of the Bahrain GP.
Bahrain is incredibly tough on the tyres, and in real life, it is mostly a two-stop race, with a one-stop attempt being touch and go, as Lewis Hamilton showed us in 2021. To offset any increase in tyre temperatures, have the front and rear pressures increased slightly. Doing this will also help to give you a bit of a straight-line speed boost and assist you slightly when it comes to overtaking your opponent.
So, that is how to get the most out of your car for the Bahrain Grand Prix. It is a bit of a tyre killer, and it’s not a circuit to be taken lightly, but one that is incredibly rewarding when it all clicks.
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