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This is another topic I had a very hard time finding any information on. A list of what preset to choose on the different tracks. No fiddling around with custom setups.

The list is a compilation of information I manage to gather from different sources and my own testing. I have not yet thoroughly tested all tracks so may post a future update when I've done so.

Also not sure when wet but at least increase downforce one step, but perhaps even two on some tracks (if possible of course)? I have to get back on that as well.

On some tracks I've found that two settings gives very similar lap times. In that case I opted for downforce as the main choice. Still trying track for more but not done testing (see comment on the track).

Feel free to complement or correct my list!

Australia                    Balanced/Default        
Bahrain                      Balanced/Default        
Bahrain [Short]           Balanced/Default        
China                         Increased Top Speed        
Azerbaijan                  Increased Top Speed       OR Balanced/Default            [Not compared yet]
Spain                         Balanced/Default        
Monaco                      Maximum Downforce       OR Increased Downforce      [Both tested]
Canada                       Increased Top Speed        
France                        Increased Top Speed       OR Balanced/Default           [Not compared yet]
Austria                       Increased Top Speed        
Great Britain               Increased Top Speed        
Great Britain [Short]    Balanced/Default        
Germany                    Increased Top Speed        
Hungary                     Increased Downforce       OR Balanced/Default            [Both tested]
Belgium                     Balanced/Default             OR Balanced/Default            [Not compared yet]
Italy                           Maximum Top Speed       OR Increased Top Speed       [Not compared yet]
Singapore                   Increased Downforce       OR Balanced/Default           [Not compared yet]
Russia                        Increased Top Speed        
Japan                        Balanced/Default        
Japan [Short]             Balanced/Default        
USA                           Balanced/Default        
USA [Short]                Balanced/Default        
Mexico                       Balanced/Default             OR Increased Top Speed      [Both tested]
Brazil                         Increased Top Speed        
Abu Dhabi                  Balanced/Default        

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Well count me done here. After testing all tracks I still don't know what to choose on half of them. 😛

So instead of trying to compile a list I will simply list all tracks and the two best presets, and I will leave it others to decide what to choose. On some tracks I could have done better times, such as Hockenheim, but on most it's close enough to what I would expect.

Perhaps someone quicker and more consistent driver can provide a better list. I would certainly welcome one.

 

Track Setup (Main) Time  Setup (Optional)

Time 

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Balanced/Default 1:24.135 Increased Top Speed

1:24.084

Bahrain International Ciruit

Balanced/Default 1:30.024 Increased Top Speed 1:29.959
Bahrain International Ciruit [Short] Balanced/Default 1:01.295 Increased Top Speed 1:01.028
Shanghai International Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:34.629 Balanced/Default 1:34.928
Baku City Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:41.669 Balanced/Default 1:42.637
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Balanced/Default 1:20.815 Increased Top Speed 1:21.794
Circuit de Monaco Maximum Downforce 1:11.972 Increased Downforce 1:12.339
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Balanced/Default 1:11.622 Increased Top Speed 1:11.739
Circuit Paul Ricard Increased Top Speed 1:33.744 Balanced/Default 1:33.911
Spielberg Increased Top Speed 1:07.134 Balanced/Default 1:07.851
Silverstone Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:30.241 Balanced/Default 1:30.291
Silverstone Circuit [Short] Balanced/Default 0:46.717 Increased Top Speed 0:46.880
Hockenheimring Increased Top Speed 1:14.258 Balanced/Default 1:14.478
Hungaroring Increased Downforce 1:19.797 Maximum Downforce 1:19.997
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Increased Top Speed 1:46.174 Balanced/Default 1:46.858
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Increased Top Speed 1:23.768 Maximum Top Speed 1:23.839
Marina Bay Street Circuit Increased Downforce 1:38.948 Balanced/Default 1:40.057
Sochi Autodrom Increased Top Speed 1:34.896 Balanced/Default 1:36.064
Suzuka International Racing Course Increased Downforce 1:31.159 Balanced/Default 1:31.943
Suzuka International Racing Course [Short] Increased Downforce 0:36.503 Balanced/Default 0:36.820
Circuit of the Americas Balanced/Default 1:35.596 Increased Top Speed 1:35.596
Circuit of the Americas [Short] Balanced/Default 1:09.053 Increased Downforce 1:09.490
Autódromo Hermanos Rodrígues Increased Top Speed 1:16.844 Balanced/Default 1:17.101
Autodrómo José Carlos Pace Increased Top Speed 1:10.204 Balanced/Default 1:10.604
Yas Marina Circuit Balanced/Default 1:38.733 Increased Top Speed 1:38.799

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Forgot to mention that the lap times are all set using standard fuel, normal ers and no drs. Just for reference.

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Thanks for doing this research and posting it. What assists did you use? Since I started using none I've found if I don't tweak each track setup to suit my driving I'm in for a hard race... With assists on the car is slowed down considerably if not pointed in the right direction after the apex as the TC will deny full acceleration for a crucial second. I'm loving the route I took now but sadly can't use the defaults any more. 

Another question do you or anyone know if anything other than wing is changed when choosing defaults? I could look myself but feeling lazy right now lol. 

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I use the assists below:

Braking Assist: Off
Anti-Lock Brakes: On  
Traction Control: Medium

Sorry I have no idea what changes between the presets. Never really looked into it since I haven't done any customized setups.

 

By the way since I posted the list a would switch the following presets/tracks:

Silverstone Circuit [Short] - Increased Top Speed [Main] and Balanced/Default [Optional] (set a faster time using increased top speed now)

Monza - Maximum Top Speed [Main] and Increased Top Speed [Optional] (though I have set a faster time using increased top speed; I blame that I suck at this track)

Also from what I read and hear my guess is that Hungaroring should have Maximum Downforce as [Main] but I have yet get a feel for it. Still prefer Increased Downforce.

 

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I've finished my testing of presets for each track. Yes some Optional times are faster that the main ones. A simple answer to this in most of those cases is that I adjusted my wheel settings and it (plus practice) made me slightly quicker, and I have not the patience to run all tracks again. Also remember that you cannot go on lap time alone. If you are one or two tenths faster on average I doesn't matter if you also makes too many mistakes on average with that preset.

Track Setup (Main) Time (Main) Setup (Optional) Time (Optional)
Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:23.951 Balanced/Default 1:24.016
Bahrain International Ciruit Increased Top Speed 1:29.959 Balanced/Default 1:30.024
Bahrain International Ciruit [Short] Increased Top Speed 1:01.028 Balanced/Default 1:01.295
Shanghai International Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:33.678 Balanced/Default 1:34.928
Baku City Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:41.669 Balanced/Default 1:42.637
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Balanced/Default 1:20.748 Increased Top Speed 1:21.794
Circuit de Monaco Maximum Downforce 1:11.972 Increased Downforce 1:11.839
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Balanced/Default 1:11.305 Increased Top Speed 1:11.739
Circuit Paul Ricard Increased Top Speed 1:33.744 Balanced/Default 1:33.911
Spielberg Increased Top Speed 1:07.134 Balanced/Default 1:07.851
Silverstone Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:30.158 Balanced/Default 1:30.291
Silverstone Circuit [Short] Increased Top Speed 0:46.597 Balanced/Default 0:46.680
Hockenheimring Increased Top Speed 1:14.025 Balanced/Default 1:14.478
Hungaroring Maximum Downforce 1:19.580 Increased Downforce 1:19.564
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Increased Top Speed 1:46.174 Balanced/Default 1:46.858
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Maximum Top Speed 1:23.839 Increased Top Speed 1:23.768
Marina Bay Street Circuit Increased Downforce 1:38.948 Balanced/Default 1:40.057
Sochi Autodrom Increased Top Speed 1:34.896 Balanced/Default 1:36.064
Suzuka International Racing Course Increased Downforce 1:31.159 Balanced/Default 1:31.943
Suzuka International Racing Course [Short] Increased Downforce 0:36.503 Balanced/Default 0:36.820
Circuit of the Americas Increased Top Speed 1:35.596 Balanced/Default 1:35.279
Circuit of the Americas [Short] Balanced/Default 1:09.053 Increased Downforce 1:09.490
Autódromo Hermanos Rodrígues Increased Top Speed 1:16.444 Balanced/Default 1:17.101
Autodrómo José Carlos Pace Increased Top Speed 1:10.204 Balanced/Default 1:10.604
Yas Marina Circuit Increased Top Speed 1:38.667 Balanced/Default 1:38.733

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On 4/17/2019 at 1:30 AM, sloppysmusic said:

Thanks for doing this research and posting it. What assists did you use? Since I started using none I've found if I don't tweak each track setup to suit my driving I'm in for a hard race... With assists on the car is slowed down considerably if not pointed in the right direction after the apex as the TC will deny full acceleration for a crucial second. I'm loving the route I took now but sadly can't use the defaults any more. 

Another question do you or anyone know if anything other than wing is changed when choosing defaults? I could look myself but feeling lazy right now lol. 

Hi the only advice I can give if you’re using no assists I use corner line only when league racing but on some tracks I turn line off....all I could say is drop the diff down so you’re using 50-75 this could help with getting on the power quicker you will get faster with practice 

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