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    Car Set-Ups Guide by Wolf Feather

    Version: Final | Updated: 07/03/02 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    F1 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON 2000: CAR SET-UPS GUIDE
    
    By
    Jamie Stafford/Wolf Feather
    FEATHER7@IX.NETCOM.COM
    
    
    
    Initial Version: July 3, 2002
    Final Version:   July 3, 2002
    
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    CONTENTS
    Spacing and Length
    Permissions
    Introduction
    Car Set-Ups
    Grand Prix of Australia: Albert Park
    Grand Prix of Brazil: Interlagos
    Grand Prix of San Marino: Imola
    Grand Prix of Great Britain: Silverstone
    Grand Prix of Spain: Catalunya
    Grand Prix of Europe: Nurburgring
    Grand Prix of Monaco: Monte Carlo (Temporary Street Circuit)
    Grand Prix of Canada: Gilles Villeneuve
    Grand Prix of France: Nevers Magny-Cours
    Grand Prix of Austria: A1-Ring
    Grand Prix of Germany: Hockenheim
    Grand Prix of Hungary: Hungaroring
    Grand Prix of Belgium: Spa-Francorchamps
    Grand Prix of Italy: Monza
    Grand Prix of the United States: Indianapolis
    Grand Prix of Japan: Suzuka
    Grand Prix of Malaysia: Sepang
    Contact Information
    
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    SPACING AND LENGTH
    For optimum readability, this driving guide should be
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    PERMISSIONS
    Permission is hereby granted for a user to download and/or
    print out a copy of this driving guide for personal use.
    However, due to the extreme length, printing this driving
    guide may not be such a good idea.
    
    This driving guide may only be posted on: FeatherGuides,
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    elsewhere on the Internet.
    
    Should anyone wish to translate this driving guide into other
    languages (F1 Championship Season 2000 is also optimized for
    French and Spanish), please contact me for permission(s) and
    provide me with a copy when complete (especially important so
    that I can improve my French and Spanish skills).
    
    Remember:  Plagiarism in ANY form is NOT tolerated!!!!!
    
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    INTRODUCTION
    Most likely, if you play F1 Championship Season 2000, then
    you are at least a casual fan of Formula 1 racing, and have
    at least a basic knowledge of many or all of the currently-
    used F1 courses.  What this guide presents is a set of tuning
    parameters for the various circuits which should provide a
    good basis for car set-up for each circuit.
    
    Please keep in mind that these suggested car set-ups are just
    that: suggestions.  These are designed with my personal
    aggressive driving style in mind.  Therefore, the set-ups
    presented here will likely need to be tweaked for each
    player's comfort level and driving style.
    
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    CAR SET-UPS
    First, these set-ups are for the PSX and PS2 versions of F1
    Championship Season 2000.  It has been brought to my
    attention that the PC version of the game uses a different
    set-up configuration.  Unfortunately, I cannot provide any
    assistance here, as I own a Mac, only use PCs on rare
    occasions on campus, and do not have access to a PC on which
    I can play games.  Gomen nasai :-(
    
    During the Test Day, Practice, and Qualifying sessions,
    sitting in the Pits and pressing the Start button brings up
    an options screen.  Selecting 'Car Setup' brings up dialogues
    to change Front Downforce, Rear Downforce, Gear Ratios,
    Steering Lock, and other car settings (press the up, down,
    and circle buttons to switch between these dialogues).  For
    convention, this driving guide will use the following system
    to show these settings:
    
    Ground Clearance: -1
    
    These dialogues show seven small boxes.  The centermost box
    means a neutral (zero) setting.  The three boxes to the left
    mean progressively lower settings (negative), while the three
    boxes to the right mean progressively higher settings
    (positive).  The number indicates how many boxes in each
    direction the red square should move.
    
    Each course will have suggested settings to help stabilize
    the car chosen for that circuit.  These are simply
    suggestions, largely based upon my rather aggressive driving
    style, with the car truly on the hair-thin edge of its
    limits.  Experiment and find the car set-up which works best
    for your driving style for each course.  I would assume that
    the bulk of any individual player deviations will be made to
    the Front Downforce, Rear Downforce, and Rear Diffuser
    settings.
    
    If this makes any difference, these car set-ups were all
    specifically set playing as Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) in
    Practice Mode, with dry weather, no damage, no flags, no tire
    wear, and no failures.  The car set-ups presented here are
    essentially the same ones that I use in actual races, just
    more fine-tuned with several laps in Practice Mode.
    
    Also related to the suggested set-ups, I received an e-mail
    from a highly-observant player asking why I use a Gear Ratio
    of -3 (fastest acceleration) on every circuit.  While I
    replied to him directly, I assumed others might also be
    wondering about this consistent setting, to which I can only
    reply in a two-part answer.  First, this was originally an
    unconscious 'holdover' from playing other racing games, such
    as the Gran Turismo series.  Most importantly, however, it
    fits my aggressive driving style quite well, providing
    quicker acceleration - which is especially useful for passing
    in turns, or for recovering quickly when I brake too deep
    into a corner.  (For those wondering about this last
    statement, the driving tips for each course are for more
    'standard' driving styles, not for highly-aggressive driving
    styles like mine.)  While Gear Ratio of -3 produces fastest
    acceleration, using the suggested car set-up for each course
    (except perhaps for Monaco) will still allow players to drive
    faster than any CPU-controlled vehicle on the track; on long
    straightaways (such as at Monza and Indianapolis, and
    especially at Hockenheim), speeds of well over 200MPH/320KPH
    (even approaching 220MPH/350KPH) are quite commonŠ and isn't
    that really fast enough!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF AUSTRALIA: ALBERT PARK
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -3*
       Rear Diffuser: +3
    *This is an ABSOLUTELY FLAT circuit, so the only reason to
    raise ride height is to slow the car for better cornering.
    At Albert Park, this is really only an issue at Turns 3 and
    15, and in the odd-formation Pit Lane Entry.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF BRAZIL: INTERLAGOS
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: +1
       Rear Downforce: +1
       Ride Height: -1
       Rear Diffuser: +2
    Note: This set-up is designed to take advantage of the lower
    portion of the circuit.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO: IMOLA
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -1
       Rear Diffuser: +3
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN: SILVERSTONE
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +3
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN: CATALUNYA
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +3
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE: NURBURGRING
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -1
       Rear Diffuser: -3
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF MONACO: MONTE CARLO (TEMPORARY STREET CIRCUIT)
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +3
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: +3*
       Rear Downforce: +3*
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +3
    *The downforce options are purposely set much higher than at
    other circuits to assist in cornering.  The Monaco circuit
    simply does not allow for a high-speed set-up.
    
    GRAND PRIX OF CANADA: CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -3*
       Rear Diffuser: +2
    *The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is almost perfectly flat, so
    the only reason to raise ride height is for better cornering
    due to slower top-end speed.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE: NEVERS MAGNY-COURS
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: +3
       Ride Height: -3
       Rear Diffuser: -1
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF AUSTRIA: A1-RING
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -1
       Rear Diffuser: +2
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY: HOCKENHEIM
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +3
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -3*
       Rear Diffuser: -1
    *The Hockenheim circuit is almost perfectly flat, so the only
    reason to raise the Rear Height is for better cornering due
    to slower top-end speed.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF HUNGARY: HUNGARORING
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +1
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF BELGIUM: SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +1
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF ITALY: MONZA
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -3*
       Rear Diffuser: -1
    *The Monza circuit is absolutely flat, so the only reason to
    raise the Ride Height is to sacrifice top-end speed for
    better cornering.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF THE UNITED STATES: INDIANAPOLIS
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: -3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -3
       Rear Downforce: -3
       Ride Height: -3
       Rear Diffuser: +1
    Note that this is a low-downforce set-up designed
    specifically to take advantage of the Indy oval section of
    the course.  This set-up makes the infield segment rather
    tricky, especially 'Mickey' and 'Mouse.'  Extreme caution
    must be taken in the infield portion of the circuit,
    especially if playing with Tire Wear activated and/or in wet
    conditions.
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN: SUZUKA
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -3
       Rear Diffuser: +2
    
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    GRAND PRIX OF MALAYSIA: SEPANG
    Suggested Car Set-up:
       Gear Ratios: -3
       Steering Lock: +3
       Front Suspension: -2
       Rear Suspension: -2
       Brake Balance: -2
       Engine RPM: +2
       Side Pod Radiators: +3
       Front Downforce: -2
       Rear Downforce: -2
       Ride Height: -2
       Rear Diffuser: +2
    
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