F1 2021: Azerbaijan (Baku) GP Setup Guide (Wet and Dry Lap) and Tips

Here’s what you need to know to craft the best setup for the Azerbaijan GP in F1 2021.


Azerbaijan may only have been on the Formula One calendar for a few years, but it has quickly become a fan-favourite, becoming well-known for producing some chaotic and incredible races.

This year’s edition lived up to its billing, with Sergio Pérez taking one of the most dramatic victories in Formula One this season.


Mastering the Baku City Circuit can be a huge challenge, so this F1 2021 setup guide is here to give you what you need to master Azerbaijan and become a real street fighter.

Get a better understanding of each F1 2021 setup option by reading the Complete F1 2021 Setups Guide.

Best F1 2021 (Azerbaijan) Baku Setup (Wet and Dry)

ComponentDry Lap SetupWet Lap Setup
Front Wing Aero56
Rear Wing Aero78
DT On Throttle0.750.75
DT Off Throttle0.800.80
Front Camber-2.70°-2.70°
Rear Camber-1.60°-1.60°
Front Toe0.10°0.10°
Rear Toe0.29°0.32°
Front Suspension34
Rear Suspension34
Front Anti-Roll Bar56
Rear Anti-Roll Bar56
Front Ride Height34
Rear Ride Height34
Brake Pressure0.980.97
Front Brake Bias0.550.55
Front Right Tyre Pressure23.0 psi23.0 psi
Front Left Tyre Pressure23.0 psi23.0 psi
Rear Right Tyre Pressure22.3 psi22.3 psi
Rear Left Tyre Pressure22.3 psi22.3 psi

F1 2021 Baku GP Setup Tips (Wet and Dry)

Aerodynamics

Dry Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 5
  • Rear Wing Aero: 7

Wet Lap


  • Front Wing Aero: 6
  • Rear Wing Aero: 8

The Baku City Circuit is arguably one of the toughest to tame on the Formula One calendar. Its tight and twisty Sector 2 requires plenty of grip and downforce, but equally, Sectors 1 and 3 need plenty of straight-line speed to maximise overtake potential as well as defend from those behind. As such, around the default or below the default setup area for the wing levels will help, but make sure that there’s enough front downforce to get through those corners.

You will probably want to increase those values slightly in the wet, given that the straight-line speed won’t be so much of a big deal. Whilst it will still be crucial, the fact that you will be slower out of the corners means that you won’t get up to speed as quickly.

Transmission

Dry Lap


  • Differential On Throttle: 75%
  • Differential Off Throttle: 80%

Wet Lap

  • Differential On Throttle: 75%
  • Differential Off Throttle: 80%

For the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in F1 2021, you’ll want to have plenty of grip in the slow and faster corners, sweeping them in the final sector. It is a very, very tricky balancing act to work out.

Ideally, and the same applies here for the wet, too. You want a slightly more open differential setup to keep a good balance of traction in the slower corners. That said, you’ll also need to ensure that you don’t wear those tyres out too fast or lose any grip on the longer corners.

Suspension Geometry

Dry Lap

  • Front Camber: 2.70
  • Rear Camber: 1.60
  • Front Toe: 0.10  
  • Rear Toe: 0.29

Wet Lap

  • Front Camber: 2.70
  • Rear Camber: 1.60
  • Front Toe: 0.10  
  • Rear Toe: 0.32

Camber is a bit of a nightmare in Baku, given that there are some sustained corner situations. Still, as the majority of the corners on this track are quite slow and slow-speed, you can bring that camber value down to a bit below the standard 3.00 value whilst also not over stressing the tyres. 

You can afford to lose some rear toe in order to stop it from feeling lazy in the slower corners, while bringing that front toe out slightly so that you can throw the car into, say, the dreaded castle section. You shouldn’t need to touch the camber settings for the wet, but you can lose a tiny bit more rear toe.

Suspension

Dry Lap

  • Front Suspension: 3         
  • Rear Suspension: 3
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Front Ride Height: 3
  • Rear Ride Height: 3

Wet Lap

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

The Baku GP is an incredibly tough street circuit, but to its credit, it’s probably not the bumpiest out there – that honour probably falls to either Singapore or Monaco. That said, bumps are still out there, so some suspension on the softer side will help, particularly to absorb any bumping down the long back straight, which will be kinder on the tyres.

Lowering the rear ride height is a good idea to reduce drag down the massive main straight of the track. You’ll also want to keep a near-neutral anti-roll bar setup to get good control in and out of the corners, while keeping the traction levels good during the faster Sector 3. Increase those values slightly in the wet for the roll bars, suspension levels, and ride height to keep the car stuck to the ground.

Brakes

Dry Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 98%
  • Front Brake Bias: 55%

Wet Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 97%
  • Front Brake Bias: 55%

You are going to want to stop pretty quickly in Baku to be able to make those corners. So, adjust the brake pressure level of your F1 2021 setup to just under 100 and above 95, which is optimum both in the wet and in the dry.

Balancing out the brake bias is going to be a nightmare as your rear tyres are just as likely to lock up at the end of the long straights and pitch you into the spin, and that applies in the dry too. You can lower the brake pressure a bit in the wet to try to avoid front locking further.

Tyres

Dry Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 22.3 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 22.3 psi

Wet Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 22.3 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 22.3 psi

Baku can be pretty brutal on the tyres, and it’s quite touch-and-go as to whether it’s a one or two-stop race: the blowouts we had in the real-life 2021 Azerbaijan GP show how tricky the track is.

Some F1 2021 setups will lean you towards lower tyre pressures, but remember that increased tyre pressures will give you the edge in a straight line. Don’t mess with the pressures again after setting them in the dry if it starts raining – what you have in the dry should be absolutely fine for the wet.

That, then, is how to get the most out of your F1 2021 setup for the Baku City Circuit. It is undoubtedly one of the trickiest tracks to tame, with the castle section being one of the most challenging parts. Still, with this setup, you should be able to mimic Sergio Pérez and be victorious in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Have you got a preferred Baku Grand Prix setup? Let us know in the comments below!

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Keen player of both simulation and racing games. Can mostly be found playing the F1 series, Train Simulator, Assetto Corsa, with a bit of Battlefield thrown in between.
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