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F1 Manager 2022 – Everything we know so far

We cover everything there is to know so far about Frontier’s upcoming F1 Manager 2022

Updated: May 10, 2022 2:19 pm
F1 Manager 2022 – Everything we know so far

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Whilst most Formula 1 games have players grab their virtual gloves, hop in the cockpit and take control as a driver, Frontier Development’s F1 Manager 2022 takes a different approach. Instead of driving the car, you will be the driving force of your team off the track, taking the reins and to the pit wall as the Team Principal. You will be in charge of making critical decisions, managing your team’s strategy, managing finances, ensuring your drivers and staff are performing to their potential, as well as scouting and signing new recruits when they do not perform.

With the massive increase in popularity in F1 from the likes of Netflix’s Drive to Survive, it is no surprise to see F1 branching out into the gaming sphere as well. We definitely aren’t complaining about it either! Frontier has a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to management games and we expect their first outing in sports management games to be no different.

F1 Manager 2022 Features – What can we expect?

In F1 manager you will be able to take control of a Constructor team of your choice. Whether you want to take the helm at Ferrari or Red Bull and compete for World Championships straight away or take control of a once-great team like Williams and restore them to their former glory. In order to keep your job, you will need to meet the long and short term goals set out for you by the board.

Players will have full control over the team’s approach to engineering. Whether you choose to have the most powerful car on the grid, the most balanced or the most reliable, the choice is yours. You can take over the smallest details such as which parts are assigned to which car for an upcoming race as well as the strategy for that race.

You will also have control of scouting and signing new driving talent and staff. With access to the full catalogue of drivers and staff from F2 and F3 as well, there will be plenty of options for bringing up new talent. If longevity is a concern for you, YouTuber Aarava spoke in a first look video about attending a press event for the game where Frontier stated they “had done the most automated simulations they had ever done”.

Here is Aarava’s full video showcasing an early look at the game.

There are also dynamic weather effects. You will need to keep an eye on the weather as that dynamically affects the conditions of the track. As soon as you see those grey clouds come in, you might want to consider swapping to those wet tires on your next pit stop.

Officially licensed broadcast-quality presentation

Game Director Andy Fletcher confirmed in a development update that the project is fully licensed and Frontier has been working closely with F1 over the course of the development. This includes using camera angles for races that would be used for real-life broadcasting, scanning drivers in order to replicate their likenesses as closely as possible and even having pit crews in a motion capture studio to make those nail-biting pit stops feel as real as possible.

Authenticity seems to be a focus for Frontier with emphasis put on making sure the tracks are as accurate as possible, using historic data to determine perfect racing lines and ensuring trackside audio and driver radios sound realistic.

When can we expect the F1 Manager 2022 release date?

Whilst Frontier is yet to confirm an exact release date for their newest title, they did announce on the F1 Manager 2022 Twitter account that the game will release in the summer of this year and will be available to play on PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. It schedules it nicely around the time the new F1 2022 racing game launches too!

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