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

Check out this guide if you want the best setup possible for the Imola Circuit in F1 2021


It’s finally here! Just a month after Codemasters released the Portimão Circuit, the studio has released both the Imola Circuit update, as well as new liveries and the special Red Bull Turkish GP Livery in F1 2021. It’s Imola, however, which is quite clearly the headline of the latest update, with the track making its first appearance in an F1 game since the classic version of it was included in F1 2013. Just like Portimão, Imola is an absolute joy to drive in F1 2021 and is probably now the best circuit in the entire game. To help you get to grips with it, here is our setup guide for this mesmerizing track.

We have based this setup very heavily on the Portimão circuit setup. Both tracks require a good level of downforce, and in testing we found that the Portimão setup, with a couple of tweaks, suited Imola perfectly.  


To find out more about each F1 2021 setup component, check out the Complete F1 2021 Setups Guide.

Best wet and dry lap setup for the F1 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Dry Lap Setup

  • Front Wing Aero: 9
  • Rear Wing Aero: 8
  • DT On Throttle: 0.75
  • DT Off Throttle: 0.80
  • Front Camber: -3.00°
  • Rear Camber: -1.40°
  • Front Toe: 0.10°
  • Rear Toe: 0.35°
  • Front Suspension: 5
  • Rear Suspension: 5
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Front Ride Height: 6
  • Rear Ride Height: 7
  • Brake Pressure: 100.0
  • Front Brake Bias: 0.55
  • 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 Setup

  • Front Wing Aero: 9
  • Rear Wing Aero: 9
  • DT On Throttle: 0.80
  • DT Off Throttle: 0.80
  • Front Camber: -3.00°
  • Rear Camber: -1.50°
  • Front Toe: 0.09°
  • Rear Toe: 0.41°
  • Front Suspension: 5
  • Rear Suspension: 5
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Rear Anti-Roll Bar: 5
  • Front Ride Height: 6
  • Rear Ride Height: 7
  • Brake Pressure: 100.0
  • Front Brake Bias: 0.57
  • Front Right Tyre Pressure: 22.6 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 22.6 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi

F1 2021 Emilia Romagna GP Setup Tips (Wet and Dry)

These are our suggestions to create an optimal setup for the Emilia Romagna GP.


Aerodynamics

Dry Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 9
  • Rear Wing Aero: 8

Wet Lap

  • Front Wing Aero: 9
  • Rear Wing Aero: 9

We have taken inspiration for this setup from our Portuguese Grand Prix setup, adding a touch more downforce and ride height to make this a medium-high downforce setup, ideally suited to the Imola track. Compared to the Portimão setup we have added a touch more front wing in the dry, and front and rear wing in the wet. The two tracks require a car with good levels of downforce, with your horsepower only really coming in to play along the long start/finish straight. There are, however, plenty of chicanes and fast corners around the circuit.


Transmission

Dry Lap

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

Wet Lap

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

We haven’t done anything drastic with these differential settings other than opening up it up a little bit more off throttle and having a relatively neutral setup on throttle. For the wet, we’ve opened the on throttle setting a little more to allow for a little less traction in the slippery conditions. Perhaps the toughest sector in the wet is the first, with it being quite easy to go off at the Tamburello and Villeneuve chicanes, and as Lewis Hamilton showed in 2021, the Tosa hairpin is equally challenging in the wet.

Suspension Geometry

Dry Lap

  • Front Camber: 3.00
  • Rear Camber: 1.40
  • Front Toe: 0.10     
  • Rear Toe: 0.35

Wet Lap

  • Front Camber: 3.00
  • Rear Camber: 1.50
  • Front Toe: 0.09     
  • Rear Toe: 0.41

You don’t want to overdo it on the camber settings at Imola, but the track is nowhere near the tyre-killer that tracks like Silverstone or Spain are. The 2020 real life race was a one-stop affair, whilst the 2021 edition of the race was a wet/dry thriller. On the whole, though, Imola is not overly punishing on the tires.   

Front stability is also key at this track, with some of the quick changes of direction making it pivotal to get the car nicely rotated through the corners. This track is one where you need a compliant and responsive car. You can certainly get away with a bit more rear and front toe, and the stability of the car should still be pretty good and strong enough that you won’t have to worry. Whilst you can clout the kerbs at Imola, they can be pretty punishing if you are slightly wrong, so be wary of that.

Suspension

Dry Lap

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

Wet Lap

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

Across the board here, we haven’t really changed anything from Portimão to Imola. We have gone for some pretty neutral settings when it comes to suspension, anti-roll bar adjustments and the front and rear ride height. However, given the nature of the kerbs and how aggressively you can take them, we have slightly adjusted the ride height at the rear of the car in the wet and dry to give a little bit more clearance. This should also help you to keep the car under control if you accidentally go over the yellow sausage kerbs.

Brakes

Dry Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 100%
  • Front Brake Bias: 55%

Wet Lap

  • Brake Pressure: 100%
  • Front Brake Bias: 57%

This is the brake pressure and front brake bias setup that we would recommend using for most racing in F1 2021. It helps to stave off the issue of lock-ups, one of the primary issues you’ll come across in the game, while also giving you sufficient control when competing in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

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: 22.6 psi
  • Front Left Tyre Pressure: 22.6 psi
  • Rear Right Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi
  • Rear Left Tyre Pressure: 21.5 psi

Again, we have kept the tyre pressures nice and high for Imola. Straight line speed isn’t vital, but any increase you can get down the start/finish straight will be key because that section of the track – and into turn one – is ultimately where most of the overtakes will happen. All the other settings on the car should help to keep the tyres nicely in check instead.

This has been our guide to the Imola circuit in F1 2021. It has been a long time coming as the game was released in the summer, but it was certainly worth the wait. Codemasters have done an amazing job at bringing this circuit to life, and it is so good to see Imola finally back in a contemporary Formula 1 game. The track looks set to stay on the calendar beyond 2021, so let’s hope we see it in the game for a few more years yet.  

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


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Henry K

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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