Want to be a Formula 1 team manager? If simulation video games are your thing, then dive into the latest edition of the official F1 Manager title released this week ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.
While the F1 game remains one of the most popular simcade games out there, the manager edition is more cerebral as no wheel ID is obviously required.
Simulation requires time and commitment to build a powerful F1 racing organization.
Here’s what they have to say in the press release confirming the release:
Frontier Developments welcomes players to the illustrious F1 paddock in the officially licensed Formula 1 management simulation as F1 Manager 2022 launches in Early Access today for those who have pre-ordered digitally on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X |S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
As the summer break draws to a close and F1 returns to circuits and screens around the world, it’s time for fans to be part of the paddock. In F1 Manager 2022, players will take control of the F1 team of their choice, leading them to glory throughout the official 2022 season and beyond.
Stepping into the role of Team Principal, they will need to balance short-term success with long-term goals as they aim to establish themselves as a dominant force in the world’s most prestigious motorsport.
Whether new to F1 or long-time supporters, players can familiarize themselves with all key areas of their new position ahead of the season opener with an optional in-game player guidance system that will support them. through the opening race weekend as they take to the pit wall.
Every circuit on the 2022 calendar has been brought to life, and fans will see this season’s rule overhaul reflected in visually detailed cars inspired by these new rule changes.
Trackside streaming cameras and a variety of on-board angles from each car will fully immerse players in every thrilling moment, allowing fans to direct their own TV experience as they watch drivers battle for championship points vital.
Between race weekends, fans will direct the development of their cars, drivers, headquarters and staff to take their team to the top, with the aim of cementing their own legacy as one of the greatest of all time.
Will they choose to balance resources to extract performance throughout the current season or invest in the development of future cars? The choice is theirs.
From lights out to the checkered flag, every moment counts. During practice sessions, drivers will develop their familiarity with the car and the circuit, providing key information to enable managers to lead their engineering team to optimize their car settings ahead of the all-important qualifying session. .
On race day, managers will adapt their strategy using detailed real-time data and having their race engineers issue authentic team radio commands to their drivers when reacting to race events, such as than safety cars and red flags.
They will also need to keep an eye on their weather radar, with dynamic weather in each session providing opportunities for those who read the conditions correctly.
As fans prepare to lead their team into their first race weekend, Andy Fletcher, Game Director, said; “We are thrilled to lift the garage doors and invite Formula 1 fans to take on the role of Team Principal, experiencing a hyper-realistic simulation as they take to the hot seat in one of ten F1 2022 teams.
As passionate supporters ourselves, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved in bringing the broadcast experience to life with authentic cars, drivers and tracks, delivering depth in every decision we know will players will love to debate! We can’t wait to see their stories unfold and how they lead their team to glory.