Our task in F1 Manager 2022 is to choose a team (from the full list of players and employees of the 2022 F1 season) and lead it to victory, taking care of the smallest details. We need to control the performance of our team members and also keep an eye on the rising stars of the competition to ensure that we have an advantage. Financial and engineering management are not bypassed by us either - we select new parts for the cars to gain track dominance. We can bet on a sustainable system or stand out with bold solutions. All these aspects in F1 Manager 2022 are crowned with a strategy for individual races and decisions made during them - from choosing the moment of exit to the pit stop and changing tires to tips given to the driver. The overriding goal is to carry out short- and long-term tasks to prove myself to the team's management.
The production of F1 Manager 2022 from Frontier Developments, unlike many others dealing with Formula 1, allows us to step into the shoes of a team manager, not a driver. This means that we do not participate directly in the competition on the track. Instead, we deal with the so-called black work, such as hiring employees, scouting promising F2 and F3 drivers, taking care of the budget, receiving emails, improving the car, testing, selecting parts, setting race strategies and many other seemingly more mundane issues. F1 Manager 2022, of course, boasts a full FIA license, which means that we will find all drivers, teams and tracks from the 2022 season in it.
Of course, our work is not stress-free. First, you should take care of a budget that is not made of rubber. Secondly, the team sets short-term and long-term goals for us to achieve. In F1 Manager 2022, apart from all this, we also need to consider a number of problems that do not come to mind in the first place. For example, it is worth choosing drivers so that there is no so-called bad chemistry or not to break the cars too often, because the repair or arrangement of new parts is tantamount to incurring significant costs. What is worth adding, thanks to research work, we are able to increase our potential, but this does not mean that rivals are unable to do the same.
Already during the drive, we prepare the parameters of the car based on the data we have, and then we wait for the driver's opinion. F1 Manager 2022 allows us to skip training and qualifying session, but in this way we can lose access to a lot of useful information. During the race, we have the ability to influence the driver, e.g. how to drive the car or save tires, etc.
What definitely needs to be given to F1 Manager 2022 is an excellent first impression, on which most reviews were probably based. For the first few hours, the Formula 1 fan will be delighted. A friendly interface, extensive, but relatively simple mechanics, as well as a well-prepared audio-visual layer. I felt it firsthand when I could play the races from the beginning of the season for hours and passionately observe the crazy fight on the track and calculate the best possible strategy to cut the rivals from as many points as possible. Maybe it's such a cheap trick, in terms of nice graphics and the placement of the view from the cameras taken alive from the TV broadcast, but it just works well.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX-8370
RAM: 8 GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD R9 280x (3GB VRAM)
OS: Windows 10 64-bit
HDD: 30 GB
Speaking of statistics, it should be noted that we are talking about simplified statistics. The creators of F1 Manager 2022 aimed at maintaining a balance between playable Excel and a simple game aimed at a wide audience. That's why the settings of the car have been reduced to five sliders, while the influence of body elements has been kept to a minimum. Even the most layman will not feel overwhelmed, and perhaps even be tempted to learn more about the world of F1. Is it good or is it bad? It's really hard to say, because such a system has the right to work, but one condition remains - the decisions you make must have a real impact on the gameplay.