Discussion of the Process for Each Track (Road America Example)
Another example. Try out the BaselineDWS Set running Montreal (Gilles Villenueve). First thing to consider is the chicanes here with the large sausage curbs.
To make the car more "tolerant" of contact with the curbs, whether on purpose or by mistake, I softened the compression settings for the front damper from 10 to 20, and the compression settings for the rear from 10 to 15. I also reduced tire pressure from 21.5 psi to 21.0.
The car was a bit loose and oversteery in the chicanes and front tire temps were higher than rear , so I changed the wings from 31/14 to 29/15--a lot more rear downforce in proportion to front. To make the car more "responsive" in the chicanes I increased rebound damping from -1.0 to -0.75 front and rear.
Car felt good, but i was getting wheel spin in the slower corners so I dropped, ARB from P3 Soft to P2 Soft.
Tire temps were very balanced and the car achieved good lap times at Time Trial conditions.
Not many changes required. I reached this result in less than 30 minutes. Then I proceeded to try all kinds of additional changes, with no improvement.
Here is the set for download from Dropbox.
(The VRS set for the same track conditions was MUCH stiiffer, with less wing. But, it was not very tolerant for mistakes. 1 mph faster at end of long straight but the lower wing hurt times in the chicanes. )
My previous experience here is that you will see a few impressive hot laps at Montreal, but mistakes are so prevalent that actual Q and Race times are almost always much slower, so a car that is reasonably tolerant to mistakes (hitting curbs) is usually very competitive.
On a hot track, I got good results by simply adding wing, changing to 30/17