F1 Manager 2022, Review

Let’s go behind the wall with our F1 Manager 2022 review, Frontier’s new management programme: Is an official Formula 1 license a guarantee of success?

write the Formula 1 Director Review 2022 It is a real honor because for fans of the highest class of cars and management, the wait has been eternal to say the least. The previous officially licensed management game (excluding mobile titles) was the homonym and forgotten video game by EA Sports, in 2000. It served the work of Liberty Media, the Stars and Stripes producer that took ownership of the circus for several years by Bernie Ecclestone, to bring Formula 1 to life. to levels of interest among the general public which were only paid by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari at the beginning of the millennium.

Of course, the drivers are the real stars, but team managers such as Toto Wolff, Christian Horner and Guenther Steiner are now in the collective imagination thanks to the series as well. drive to survive. If one of your forbidden dreams is sitting in Mattia Binotto’s seat to blow up Inaki Rueda on day one on the job, know that a) you’re not the only one and b) Formula 1 Manager 2022 is the game for you.

Classic revisit

Red Bull is the strongest team in 2022

Frontier Developments is a proven developer that knows how to handle management software, from Planet Zoo a jurassic world evolution 2 There are many works that testify to the talent of this studio. For Formula 1 Manager, I drew inspiration from the main pillars of the genre, starting with the patriarch Grand Prix Manager To finish the last date Motorsports manager.

The game is divided into classics two stage macro: Race weekend, which we’ll get into in detail later, and the tougher administrative section. From the head office you can access eleven submenu related to the essential aspects of the F1 team: from driver management to engineers and mechanics, not forgetting the very important area of ​​research and development, where you can guess updates to the special car. Very interesting, but perhaps too simplified and directed, is the system by which the current constraints of the budget cap have been implemented: even when leading the most formidable team, it is necessary to choose wisely in the areas to be intervened, given that regulation is very constraining from Where expenses and time allowed inside the wind tunnel. It is clear that the updates will only be “textual”, that is, they will not lead to any aesthetic changes to the car. What’s less obvious is that even improvements to a stable structure, such as a helipad, are not displayed graphically, an option that has been in gaming for over twenty years.

I weekend race It gives the impression that it is the part where the developers’ efforts are most focused. You can go through all the preparatory stages in view of the GP (the three free practices and qualification) in person, or send it to the CPU, which will simulate it in a few seconds. Ultimately, it is possible to speed up the time, but not to modify the duration of the event, and much more dangerous, not even to save during the race: before starting the Grand Prix, make sure you have a good amount of time available.

Three hours of free training (except for events where sprint qualifications are held), just as in Motorsport Manager, to set Better trim Knowing the behavior of vehicles is therefore less boring than one might initially think. In addition to studying strategies, during the race it is possible to change the driver’s attitude by working on three elements: tire aggression, fuel economy (the famous lift and coast) and ERS management (also famously “I need more power!” from Hamiltoni’s memory).

Long live FIA


Preliminary stage of the Australian Grand Prix
Preliminary stage of the Australian Grand Prix

The Officially licensed by the FIA This is clearly a crucial aspect of F1 Manager 2022, but ironically, it is also one of its main limitations. The impossibility of creating a team from scratch can be an unforgivable shortcoming for many players, but even the majors updated to the last major prize have a price to pay: in fact, the option of changing the appearance of the car is not considered, nor is it dealing with sponsors except for general purposes that do not concern a particular company. No mention is made of fuel supply or tires, while some teams can change engines, only choosing from among the four manufacturers in business.

On the other hand, you can hire everyone Pilots and technicians Not only in the first championship, but also from the Formula 2 and Formula 3 minor series. We can discuss the criteria for evaluating drivers: those with the highest score are Hamilton and Verstappen (90 out of 100), followed by Charles Leclerc (88): so here can to fit. However, it is a bit strange to see that Bottas (87) is on the same level as Sainz and Perez, but even better than Russell and Norris (86), Alonso (85, hardcore) and Ricciardo (84). Something to complain about from the stables as well: it’s not clear why Ferrari (ranked as the best singles seat) has a headquarters the same size as Alfa Romeo which, despite being the fourth powerhouse on the grid, is the team with the highest difficulty level.


The massive duo of Mercedes drivers
The massive duo of Mercedes drivers

Either way, all of these stats translate well into the racing simulation. We know how difficult it is to faithfully return the values ​​to the starting grid. From this point of view, Frontier Developments’ work certainly represents one A good base to start from. The bottom and hard tactics work as expected, as is the compound yield that is quite faithful. Devising a strategy along the lines of what actually happened often works.

At the same time do not happen Unlikely situations Like mass withdrawals due to technical issues, contacts were also very rare, at least in our simulations. However, there are some aspects that need further improvement: for example, it is not at all reasonable that Bottas carelessly beats a hard nut like Perez or that two cars, making use of each other’s DRS, swap positions for twenty times in ten tours. Not to mention the “free” spin of top-tier drivers like Hamilton.

chrome plating


Forever Sports Heart
Forever Sports Heart

From a technical standpoint, the title thrives on ups and downs. there race representation It is undoubtedly the leader in the entire production. Filming is done on TV and on more than one occasion you will have the impression that you will be attending a race on Sunday. Formula 1 cars mirror their real-world counterparts, and the faces of the drivers are presented with a good level of realism. But unfortunately, there are some smudges that spoil the overall effect, such as the “side” elements that give the impression of being somewhat fake and lifeless. This is the case for the Ferris’ firm wheels, but also due to the complete absence of mechanics in the pit lane. There are also fatal errors regarding the cockpit, the interior of which is identical for all pilots. A particularly screaming flaw at Williams, which is the only one-seat chassis-mounted single-seater that instead adopts the same approach as all the other teams in F1 Manager 2022. It’s clear that some of the low-resolution trim (see sponsors on Halo) and wheels are affected. Driving in annoying fog: In short, the view from the airspace, though scenographic, is certainly perfect. We found the camera in the front wing useful only for viewing, and the one in the rear more interesting, allowing us to understand how close the next pilot is and thus giving pointers on how to use the ERS.


Interior view of F1 Manager 2022
Interior view of F1 Manager 2022

Disappointing sound: An unimaginable commentary in Italian (we were expecting Vanzini and Genè) is limited to the width of the arena and some roaming exclamation points on the exits of the arena. So it happens that an inoffensive cut of the track boundary is commented on as a bumper bumper, complete with a trend framing desperate mechanics. Even the dialogues between the track engineer and driver are reduced to the basics: push as hard as you can, save tires, increase lift and shoreline, all of which is welcome with succinct “copies.”

The game type It is only one (at the moment it is not multiplayer), but the most serious problem is that you cannot select a single event, so the only way is to embark on a career with all the proposed paths in the same sequence of reality. There is also a lack of custom scenarios that would have been welcome to improve the diversity of the show.

computer system requirements

Test preparation

  • Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
  • Memory: 32 GB of RAM
  • Scheda Video: AMD Radeon RX 6800XT

Minimum Requirements

  • Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX-8370
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Scheda Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 o AMD Radeon R9280x (3 GB VRAM)
  • Memory: 30 GB of available space

Recommended requirements

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700 o AMD Ryzen 7 2700
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Scheda Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 580 (4 GB VRAM)

Suspension

digital delivery

Steam, Epic Games Store

brizo
54.99 €

Expectations for F1’s new management were high, but only partially fulfilled. F1 Manager 2022 is a good starting point for work (the developer has been given a four-year license), but it’s still certainly immature in content, especially in terms of the stricter management part.

forefront

  • delicate drawings, albeit some fall into the style;
  • Official F1 Licenses
  • A satisfying racing simulation

Reverse

  • The administrative section is reduced to the bone
  • Lots of restrictions in customizing stables
  • unsatisfactory comment
  • little content