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

In this guide, you’ll find the best possible setup for your car in F1 2021 as you approach the Australian GP.


Melbourne is the traditional season opener for the Formula One World Championship, and is always previewed as one of the most enjoyable tracks to drive both for the professionals and gamers in F1 2021.

This guide gives you the best setup possible for the Australian GP, wet and dry, to allow you to be the fastest that you can be around the incredible Albert Park Circuit.


If you want to learn more about each F1 2021 setup option, consult our Complete F1 2021 Setups Guide.

Best F1 2021 Australia Setup (Wet and Dry)

ComponentDry Lap SetupWet Lap Setup
Front Wing Aero77
Rear Wing Aero56
DT On Throttle0.750.75
DT Off Throttle0.650.65
Front Camber-3.00°-3.00°
Rear Camber-1.60°-1.50°
Front Toe0.10°0.10°
Rear Toe0.35°0.35°
Front Suspension44
Rear Suspension44
Front Anti-Roll Bar66
Rear Anti-Roll Bar66
Front Ride Height55
Rear Ride Height44
Brake Pressure0.950.95
Front Brake Bias0.570.57
Front Right Tyre Pressure23.0 psi22.6 psi
Front Left Tyre Pressure23.0 psi22.6 psi
Rear Right Tyre Pressure21.1 psi20.7 psi
Rear Left Tyre Pressure21.1 psi20.7 psi

F1 2021 Australian GP Setup Tips (Wet and Dry)

Aerodynamics

Dry Lap

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

Wet Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 7
  • Rear Wing Aero: 6

Melbourne is one of the quirkiest tracks of the year, being quite a fast and flowing street circuit, and unlike other street tracks on the calendar, such as Monaco and Singapore. A good balance of front and rear downforce is essential to having a hooked front end but not to produce too much drag down the long straights.


For the wet, a little more rear wing downforce is almost essential. You are more likely to spin out in the wet, and straight-line speed is not so much of a problem as it is in the dry. So, crank one or two per cent more into that rear wing for some wet weather stability.

Transmission

Dry Lap

  • Differential On Throttle: 75%
  • Differential Off Throttle: 65%

Wet Lap


  • Differential On Throttle: 70%
  • Differential Off Throttle: 65%

The Australian Grand Prix doesn’t have many slow-speed corners, with most being medium-to-high speed. The penultimate corner before the pit lane entry is a slow speed corner, so a good level of traction will be needed here to avoid spinning up the rear tyres. Still, keeping your differential settings somewhere in the middle is a good call for this track.

For the wet weather, however, it would be wise to lock the differential a little bit more. Traction outright out of a corner will be more vital in the wet due to the slower cornering speed. So, take it nice and steady, and you’ll be fine. Bring the on throttle percentage back just a little bit to cover for the wet.

Suspension Geometry

Dry Lap

  • Front Camber: 3.00
  • Rear Camber: 1.60
  • Front Toe: 0.10  
  • Rear Toe: 0.35

Wet Lap

  • Front Camber: 3.00
  • Rear Camber: 1.50
  • Front Toe: 0.10
  • Rear Toe: 0.29

When it comes to camber, the more negative it is, the more grip you have in sustained cornering situations; given that most of Melbourne’s corners are swooping and flowing, you’ll need that sustained camber level.

Equally, though, bear in mind that the penultimate corner and turn three are much slower, so you’ll have to balance it out. Keeping a neutral camber setup is the best way to go for the Aussie GP. The same applies for the toe at the front and rear, as you’ll want a sharp responding yet stable car for this circuit.

Bring your rear camber more in line with the front for the wet: you’ll want more outright grip because each corner will be taken a lot slower than in any dry session. The toe at the rear can also be brought down a bit.

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: 5

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

Melbourne is a street track, which means that it’s going to be quite bumpy and relatively punishing on the car, although it is less bumpy than other street tracks.

A softer suspension setup is key to this circuit in F1 2021, which can then be balanced out with a fairly neutral anti-roll bar setting. Given the long straights at this track, you don’t want to go too low with the ride heights. A setting of five for the front and rear should work well.

As the bumps will still be there in the wet, keep that suspension and anti-roll bar setting as it was in the dry. However, you should bring the ride height down a tad. Drag isn’t so much of a big deal in the wet, and you can afford to lose some straight-line speed to keep that car stuck firmer to the ground.

Brakes

Dry Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 95%
  • Front Brake Bias: 57%

Wet Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 90%
  • Front Brake Bias: 55%

Braking is absolutely essential at any track. The stopping distance is always a balancing act: you don’t want to be locking up those tyres, but you do want to stop as quickly as possible. Around 95 per cent is great for the dry at the Australian GP as it’ll give you a little bit of leeway into the corners.

The front brake bias is a bit fiddlier to adjust as it can be down to personal preference and how you brake. Remember, this can also be changed whilst in the race, so if it’s wrong initially, just bring it whichever way you want in the race.

For the wet, as your braking distance will be longer due to braking earlier, you can bring the brake pressure down towards 90 per cent so as to avoid lockups, which will be more likely in the wet – you can potentially carry more speed into the corners, too. Bring that brake bias towards the front a bit more to ensure that neither the fronts nor the rears lock up.

Tyres

Dry Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 23.0 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 21.1 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 21.1 psi

Wet Lap

  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 22.6 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 22.6 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 20.7 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 20.7 psi

Giving an increase in tyre pressure can deliver more straight-line speed, but don’t be afraid to crank up the rear tyre pressures that little bit to get more out of your car down those long straights. The 23.0 and 21.1 range for the fronts and rears, respectively, should work a treat for the tyres at the Aussie GP.

In the wet on F1 2021, it’s best to bring those down a touch. Remember, increased tyre pressures can increase tyre temperatures, and straight-line speed is not so much of a big deal in the wet. So, bring them in a little bit, and you’ll be good to go.

There you have it: those are the best car settings that you can apply in F1 2021 for the Australian Grand Prix on wet laps and dry laps.  

Have you got your own Australian Grand Prix setup? Share it with us 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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