"F1 22": The RaceFans review of the official Formula 1 game · RaceFans (2022)

The 2022 season has marked a bold new era for Formula 1, with overhauled regulations aiming to revolutionise racing and make the sport more exciting than ever before.

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RaceFans readers will not need reminding of how the new technical rules for 2022 have transformed Formula 1 cars for this year, with their ground effect downforce-generating floors and sleeker, sculpted bodies designed to allow cars to run more closely than before.

So with EA Sports promising that players can ‘enter the new era’ with Codemasters’ latest officially licensed game – F1 22 – has the virtual world of Formula 1 received as much of a shake-up as real life this season?

Firing up the game for the first time and taking one of the 10 all-new cars to the track for the first time, it’s clear to see that, yes, the new 2022-spec F1 machine really do feel different compared to their predecessors.

When it comes to physics and handling, you’ll notice the heavier weight of the 2022 cars immediately – especially if you’re a veteran player of the series. More mass means more momentum. You feel how the car’s mass makes it want to continue on its trajectory into and out of corners, requiring a more deliberate approach rather than just being able to throw the car wildly about.
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The stiffer suspension settings mean handling feels more precise and responsive in a lot of ways – especially at turn-in – which could be a blessing or a curse depending on your driving style. You have to take care over kerbs due to how low you’re running to the ground as it’s a lot easier to bottom out and dragged along off track as a result.

That’s not to say that experienced players will have a hard time adjusting to the new handling model – you’ll get to grips with it soon enough. But you also cannot just expect to apply your same approaches to corners in F1 22 as you did in F1 2021 – especially on the throttle on corner exit, as it’s now easier to break traction and skid off under power.

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Car set-ups have also been expanded slightly with the new cars. Now, rather than having front and rear wing angles limited to only ten increments within a pre-set for each track, players are now able to set downforce levels across the full 50-point range, allowing you to run Monza-level wing settings in Barcelona, should you want to.

As we’ve only been able to review the game on PlayStation so far, we can’t assess one of the most exciting new additions to the game – virtual reality. Anyone who has been lucky enough to experience a racing game in VR knows just how transformative an experience it can be, adding a whole level of immersion to driving that racing ‘flat’ can never hope to emulate. For this year, PC VR players can play every driving mode in the game in VR. With PS VR2 on the horizon, hopefully that will not just be luxury only PC players will get to enjoy in years to come.

Aside from VR functionality, the biggest new feature for this year is ‘F1 Life’, which supposedly offers players the chance to live out their F1 driver fantasies with a customisable hub where they can show off their trophies and deck out their driver avatars in designer clothing and accessories.

If ‘F1 Life’ sounds like a superficial addition to the game designed as much as an excuse to sell more PitCoins then, sadly, that’s exactly how it feels. It’s all so easily ignorable. After deciding how to decorate the various rooms of your driver’s apartment, you will only see them if you go out of your way to look for them. There are hundreds of shirts and trousers and trainers you can spend your PitCoins on, but then your avatar will only ever be sitting around in them, making you question why you ever worried about how you wanted them to look in the first place.

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You can’t walk around the hub in game or do any kind of interaction with anything – it’s purely window dressing. Even if you’re a true streetwear enthusiast or a particularly big fan of the Anti Social Social Club, it’s still hard to see many reasons to want to spend real world money on virtual currency just to dress up what will remain effectively a static model.

The only thing of real substance to come out of F1 Life are the supercars – real world models of Ferraris, Mercedes, Aston Martins and McLarens that you can unlock and drive. From the Ferrari Roma to the McLaren Artura and the Mercedes AMG GT R Pro, you can drive a total of eight supercars – and the two official Safety Cars if you buy the Champions Edition – around all of the circuits available in the game on Time Trial mode. As you progress through the game, you earn tokens which you can spend to unlock any one of the available cars of your choice.

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You can take part in a variety of sub-games with the supercars, including checkpoint challenges, duels against AI opponents, and drift contests. The supercars handle as forgivingly as you would expect – this is not Assetto Corsa. It’s certainly novel and a quite literal change of pace from the Formula 1 cars, but much like last year’s Braking Point story mode, it’s hard to see many players engaging with the supercars side of F1 22 beyond dabbling with it beyond their first week with the game.

Thankfully, F1 Life is not the only thing that’s different about this year’s entry to the franchise. Presentation has received a great deal of attention, with a range of new animations and cutscenes to refresh many of the same old pre- and post-race sequences that players have seen for years. New ‘broadcast’ settings for formation laps, pit stops and Safety Car periods allow players to sit back and enjoy those periods play out through AI controlled TV style sequences, rather than doing it themselves.

Commentary comes from David Croft as ever, but players of the English-language game now have an alternative in the shape of Channel 4’s Alex Jacques to commentate over the F1 action as well as the 2021 Formula 2 championship in game. Anthony Davidson continues to provide analytical input at the end of races and it’s also good to hear Sky F1 reporter Natalie Pinkham step into the role occasionally, adding some much-needed female representation to the game.

Former McLaren mechanic and television presenter Marc Priestley has been brought in to replace ‘Jeff’ as the player’s race engineer over team radio. While Priestley has certainly provided a genuine effort in taking over the role, the way he has been implemented feels a little underwhelming. Not only does Priestley repeat verbatim many of the exact same lines that Jeff had spoken to players for years, his inflection and tone of voice means he sounds very much like someone reading lines off a script. It’s more a criticism of voice direction than of the performer himself, but one which stands out now we’ve heard how race engineer audio is rendered in the upcoming F1 Manager 22.

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The major single-player career modes of MyTeam and driver career are still here and function still almost identically to F1 2021 and F1 2020 before them. MyTeam does have the welcome option of allowing you to choose from three levels of entry for your team, meaning you can either start off as a backmarker with very limited money and resources, join as a midfield team scoring points from the beginning or even hop straight into contention for race wins from your debut race. Other than slightly expanded department dilemmas, everything else with MyTeam and career will feel very familiar to the last two games.

On-track, a few small details are intended to add more immersion to the racing. Players can now drive themselves freely to their grid slot at the end of the formation lap rather than the AI taking over prior to the pit lane entrance. And, while there’s still no full control over cars in the pit lane itself, players do now have to manually time their turn into their pit box, and mis-timed turnings can result in slower stops.

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After years of complaints about inconsistencies in the AI’s performance between circuits and players struggling to find the right balance for them in single player mode, the announcement of a new ‘adaptive AI’ system was one of the more interesting aspects of the new title. Disappointingly, adaptive AI does not actually allow you a way to tailor your single-player experience to suit your skills. Instead, it’s limited to the ‘casual’ game mode designed for new, inexperienced or younger players.

On one hand, implementing adaptive AI as an accessibility aid is something to be applauded. Not only will the game change AI level between races to try and keep players in the thick of the action as they get more comfortable, but there is also a setting that amounts to a ‘rubberbanding’ option where the AI will actively slow down and wait for the player to catch up after a spin or an off. However, it also means it will be completely irrelevant for the vast majority of players who will race in standard or expert modes and will have to continue having to manually fiddle with their AI levels to try and find the perfect sweet spot for them at each circuit.

When it comes to graphics, audio, AI and general overall impact of F1 22, it’s difficult to try and find things to say that haven’t already been said about the game’s predecessors before it, given how fundamentally similar this new title is. New audio mixing options are certainly welcome and the AI does seem to be more prone to making mistakes if a player can put them under sustained pressure, but anyone who has already put hundreds of hours into F1 2021 and F1 2020 will see F1 22 as something that quickly feels very similar to those games after the novelty of the new cutscenes and handling have worn off.

Thankfully there’s more than enough fun to be had from racing that makes F1 22 just as rewarding to play and enjoy as the series always has been – and even more so in VR. The new Miami International Autodrome track is present and correct, and the updates to Melbourne, Yas and others are there too. But anyone who was hoping that the revolution of rules for 2022 might lead to a revolutionary new entry into the F1 game will likely be left disappointed.

For the last two years, there’s always been a sense that the next F1 game could be the major step forward that long-time fans have been eagerly hoping for, but even as the second release into the current generation of consoles, that leap forward hasn’t quite come yet. Maybe if industry rumours of a new game engine for 2023 prove correct, the future of the F1 game franchise might become a lot more exciting.

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Why did Russell get a penalty? ›

Formula One team Mercedes was in for a rough time when the crew at the pit stop fitted a new power unit to British racing driver George Russell's car and extracted a penalty. George did complain about his car constantly pushing him in the corners at the turns from practise and had to have the replacement.

Can my laptop run F1 manager 22? ›

Can I Run F1® Manager 2022? To play F1® Manager 2022 you will need a minimum CPU equivalent to an Intel Core i5-4590. Whereas, an Intel Core i7-7700 is recommended in order to run it. Provided that you have at least an AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics card you can play the game.

Can you change a team in F1 Manager 2022? ›

Unfortunately, in F1 Manager 2022 you can only lead one of the real-life Formula 1 teams that take part in the 2022 season.

Why is 17 not used in F1? ›

The number 17 was used by Jules Bianchi in 2014 before his crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. Following his death, the number was retired as a mark of respect.

Why is George Russell starting in the pit lane? ›

Mercedes driver George Russell to start the Singapore Grand Prix in the pit lane after taking a new power unit which exceeded the spending quota for allocated engine parts; the Brit suffered a shock Q2 exit due to a throttle problem and was due to start the race in 11th place on the grid.

What is a pit lane start in F1? ›

As this has been done without the approval of the FIA technical delegate, Tsunoda is required to start the race from the pit lane. It means that all of the drivers who received back of grid penalties will move up one place from their provisional starting positions, including championship leader Verstappen.

Can my PC handle F1 2022? ›

To play F1® 22 you will need a minimum CPU equivalent to an Intel Core i5-9600K. In terms of game file size, you will need at least 80 GB of free disk space available. The minimum memory requirement for F1® 22 is 8 GB of RAM installed in your computer.

How much does F1 manager 22 cost? ›

F1® Manager 2022 can be purchased at a suggested retail price of £44.99 / $59.99 / €49.99 on all available platforms.

How many seasons can you do in F1 manager? ›

Unlike several other F1 games out there, F1 Manager 2022 won't limit the number of seasons you have to play with. This means you can develop your chosen team until the heat death of the universe. This means that you can, if you so choose, play well beyond the 2022 season, and into the future of the sport.

How do you win the F1 manager? ›

F1 Manager 2022 tips
  1. Start designing new parts before the first race weekend.
  2. Prioritise underfloor, front and rear wings.
  3. Don't scrimp on CFD and wind tunnel time.
  4. Start the race in the red.
  5. Tweaking setups is tedious but worth it.
  6. Use safety cars and VSCs to harvest ERS and save fuel.
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Do you race in F1 manager? ›

Since this is a management sim, you won't be doing any of the driving yourself — but you still have a lot of control over the driver's in-race performance by setting their strategy, giving them the right car setup, and even micromanaging their usage of tires, fuel, and energy.

Do you race in F1 Manager 2022? ›

In F1 Manager 2022, ahead of race day you'll decide the starting race strategies for your two drivers. Choose their plan for tyres, pit stops, and how hard to push during each stint. Use an array of car and track information to inform your strategy, and try to get the upper hand on your competitors.

Is number 69 allowed in F1? ›

A Formula One car number is the number on a car used to identify a car and its driver. Currently, drivers are allowed to pick their own number for their career from 0, 2 through 99.

Why is number 13 not used in F1? ›

The superstition surrounding the number 13 is thought to date back to pre-war racing and has generally been avoided in F1 competition. The only driver to have entered a world championship Grand Prix with 13 on his car was Mexican racer Moises Solana, whose BRM carried the number in his home race in 1963.

How long is the Singapore f1 race? ›

308.706 km

What time does f1 start in Singapore? ›

Paddock ClubPaddock Club Pit Lane Walk17:30 - 19:00
Formula 1Drivers' Parade18:00 - 18:30
Formula 1National Anthem20:49 - 20:51
FORMULA 1GRAND PRIX (61 LAPS OR 120 MINS)21:05 - 23:05
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Where is the Singapore Grand Prix? ›

Marina Bay Street Circuit

Why is there no green light in F1? ›

The logic of 'Red means stop' and 'Green means go' has been etched in our brains over the years and quite naturally, we apply this particular practice in our day-to-day lives while on the road.

Why are there 5 red lights in F1? ›

Five red lights above the start line are illuminated one by one and then after a random pause they are extinguished, signalling the start of the race.

How long do F1 lights stay on? ›

These lights will stay on for three minutes. The green start lights remain on and if another car on the track is approaching the pit lane exit the pit exit lights flash blue to warn drivers leaving the pits.

How many GB is F1 22? ›

Storage: 80 GB available space. Sound Card: DirectX Compatible.

Can you play F1 22 with mouse and keyboard? ›

How Can You Play F1 22? The game supports mouse and keyboard input, along with controller support for gamepads or steering wheels. For VR, the game supports a number of headsets, such as the HTC Vive, HTC Vive Cosmos, Quest 2, Rift S, and Valve Index.

Can my laptop run F1? ›

An Intel Core i3-2130 CPU is required at a minimum to run F1® 2021. Whereas, an Intel Core i5-9600K is recommended in order to run it. The minimum memory requirement for F1® 2021 is 8 GB of RAM installed in your computer. If possible, make sure your have 16 GB of RAM in order to run F1® 2021 to its full potential.

Is F1 manager game free? ›

F1 Manager is a free to play simulation game which enables you to be the boss of your own F1 racing team!

Can you play F1 manager offline? ›

F1 Manager 2022 supports Steam's Offline Mode. In order to use this, you will need to start the game online once on the first launch to enable Offline Mode later.

Can you play F1 2022 on PS4? ›

Yes, you'll be able to play F1® 22 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One after taking advantage of the Dual Entitlement offer.

Can you change teams on F1 manager? ›

No, you can't change the team once the save has started.

Can you get F1 Manager Early? ›

F1 Manager 2022 is now available in early access for players who have pre-ordered the racing management sim.

What time can I play F1 manager 22? ›

We have been waiting quite a while for the F1 Manager 2022 release date, but now Frontier Developments has confirmed that F1 Manager 2022 will release on August 25 at 07:00 PST / 10:00 EST / 15:00 BST on consoles and PC.

How can F1 22 save fuel? ›

F1 2022 Fuel Management - YouTube

What does a F1 manager do 2022? ›

In F1 Manager 2022, you can build any team from the ground-up or keep one of the top teams at the sharp end of the grid. While drivers are important, you've also got Technical Chiefs, Heads of Aerodynamics and Race Engineers too.

Is F1 Manager on Mac? ›

As revealed on a Reddit post earlier this year, it was confirmed that there would not be a Mac version for F1 Manager 2022, and without any plans to do so either.

When can I play F1 Manager? ›

F1 Manager 2022 officially releases on August 30 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S|X, Epic Games and Steam platforms – but if you pre-purchase it you can get access five days early. Frontier Developments' simulation lets you control almost every aspect of your chosen squad.

Is F1 manager cross platform? ›

The answer is Yes! F1 Manager 2022 is cross generation, and it sounds like the feature will be available from day one. Players are able to match up with other players on the same console family in online sessions.

Can you drive on F1 Manager? ›

Though players cannot take part directly in the racing side of things in F1 Manager 2022, those races are still played out in fully rendered glorious 3D visuals, with all the detailed recreations of global Formula 1 racing tracks, car models, dynamic weather conditions, crashes and more that ably reflects a ...

How do you play F1 Manager 2022 early? ›

You can get a huge FIVE DAYS of early access right now if you pre-order F1 Manager 2022 digitally. PRE-ORDER FOR LESS! That early access means pre-ordering will have you starting your F1 managerial journey as early as 25 August. F1 Manager 2022 is available on both PS4 & PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Did Russell get a penalty? ›

Penalty Box

George Russell picked up a penalty for a collision with Sergio Perez which occured within seconds of the Austrian Grand Prix beginning. Before the race was over another driver, Pierre Gasly, collected the same penalty for a collision which occured at the same corner and appeared very similar.

What is the grid penalty for engine change? ›

The first time an additional element is used, the driver gets a 10-place grid penalty. The next time an additional element is used, the driver gets a five-place grid penalty. If a driver incurs a penalty exceeding 15 grid places, they will be required to start the race at the back.

Did George Russell get points with Mercedes? ›

Russell achieved his first F1 podium with Williams at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. In 2022, Russell departed Williams to race for the Mercedes team, having been a member of the Mercedes Junior Driver Programme since 2017.
George Russell (racing driver)
Formula One World Championship career
Career points222
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Where is George Russell on the grid? ›

Mercedes driver George Russell believes Red Bull's Max Verstappen is still a victory threat at the Belgian Grand Prix despite starting P14 on the grid.
F1 standings 2022.
2Charles Leclerc Ferrari201
3Sergio Pérez Red Bull201
4George Russell Mercedes188
5Carlos Sainz Ferrari175
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Why did Perez not finish Austrian Grand Prix? ›

Latest. Sergio Perez was furious after his Lap 1 crash with Mercedes' George Russell forced him to retire early from the Austrian Grand Prix. And the Red Bull driver lamented his second DNF in three races, which has seen him fall behind Charles Leclerc in the drivers' championship.

What happened to Perez in Austrian Grand Prix? ›

Sergio Perez's hopes of an Austrian Grand Prix podium were all but dashed on Lap 1 thanks to a collision with George Russell. The Red Bull driver attempted a pass around the outside of Mercedes' Russell at Turn 4 on the opening lap at the Red Bull Ring, but the Mexican was tapped into the gravel by the Briton.

Did George Russell get penalized? ›

George Russell and Sergio Pérez clashed on the opening lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, with Russell penalised by the stewards for punting the Mexican off track – but the Mercedes man insisted there was nothing more he could have done to avoid it.

What happens if an F1 driver runs out of engines? ›

F1 engine penalties work by giving a driver 10-place grid penalty for the race in which they first run their first additional engine component. The driver will receive an additional 5-place grid penalty for each additional engine component that is above the season's limit for that component.

Why is Max Verstappen got a grid penalty? ›

World championship leader Max Verstappen will receive a five-place grid penalty at the Italian Grand Prix, with nine drivers taking grid-drops for Sunday's race at Monza. Verstappen has taken his fifth internal combustion engine (ICE) of the season, of which three were allowed.

Why did Max Verstappen get penalties? ›

Max Verstappen has become the latest Formula 1 driver to be slapped with a grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix. The World Championship leader will incur a five-place grid drop for taking a new Internal Combustion Engine at Monza and not a back of the grid one as he got in Belgium.

Who is George Russell based on Gilded Age? ›

According to showrunners, George was based on the real-life robber baron Jay Gould, who often butted heads with old money families. Mrs. Astor's Four Hundred Club was an exclusive group of people that had been carefully curated by the real-life Ward McAllister (Nathan Lane), who will soon appear in The Gilded Age. Mrs.

How rich is George Russell? ›

George Russell Net Worth is $47 Million US Dollars (£34 Million UK Pounds). George Russell is a British racing driver currently competing in Formula One for Mercedes. George Russell achieved his first F1 podium with Williams at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.

Is George Russell a Sir? ›

Sir George was awarded CBE in 1985, and in 1992 received his Knighthood.

How much does an F1 car cost? ›

The Halo, a titanium structure above the car's cockpit, is a brilliant F1 invention which protects the drivers from debris flying off from other cars. The cost of it is estimated to be around $17,000.
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Car PartsPrice
Total F1 Car Cost$12.20 million
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Who is the youngest driver in F1? ›

The youngest driver on the F1 grid is Yuki Tsunoda.

How fast do F1 cars go? ›

F1 cars can accelerate from 0 – 60mph in just 2.6 seconds and clock up to 360kmph or 223.6mph. The formula one car reaches high speeds because of its carefully engineered aerodynamics. Also, the aerodynamics works better when the car goes fast.


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