F1 2021 Multiplayer: New lobby system revealed, co-op career mode & more

The online experience is changing for racers this year. Here’s what F1 fans can expect.

IMG 20171001 WA0006 by Toby Durant
f1 2021 multiplayer

The launch of F1 2021 is rapidly approaching.

Codemasters’ new game will be packed full of new features and will be their first release under the EA umbrella following the takeover earlier this year.

Multiplayer will be a huge part of the upcoming title, especially with the new two-player career mode. Here, we’ll be looking at everything on offer. 

Launch day

It’s now less than 24 hours until those with the Digital Deluxe edition can get playing.

If you still need to get up to scratch, we’ve got all you need to know about the game here!

Multiplayer lobbies

Multiplayer has become increasingly more important in F1 games, especially with the rise and prominence of the F1 Esports series. 

Over the last couple of years, the league system and online driver ranking has become a popular feature. For 2021, the structure of the ranked play remains but has been revisioned with the Social Play Lobby.

f1 2021 loads bahrain
BUNCHED UP FIELD: Picking your way to the front in multiplayer is a risky business

This allows players to jump into a Beginner or Experienced lobby, offering either casual, fun and friendly areas for racing, or a more standard race style with longer racers and the inclusion of collisions.

Beginner will be akin to the Casual Style mode, with full ghosting and a more relaxed atmosphere. That means a guarantee of no torpedoing into turn 1.

Experienced will turn some of the usual rules back on, and be more like the current unranked lobbies.

Players will of course have the option to create their own lobby with a custom set of rules.

Two-player Career mode 

On previous editions of the game, there was a fairly simplistic two-player career. But this year, thanks to the ever-changing, progressing and tweaking of the career mode from Codemasters, you can now play a fully-fledged career mode with a friend!

Essentially, two players can play and compete within the game’s very strong career mode experience. The way this works depends on the player(s). 

F1 2021 hamilton Australia
BE THE CHAMP: Can you beat Lewis and a friend in your Career Mode?

You and your friend could join the same team and compete against one another for the Drivers’ championship, while also hoping to secure the Constructors’ title for your chosen team. Of course, you can also race for opposing teams, and then maybe further down the line the two of you will wind up racing for the same team. 

This will bring into play all the other features you can find in the game’s career mode: driver rivalries, meet the press, and developing the car.

It’s truly new and innovative way of playing F1 2021, and we can’t wait to try it out!

F1 2021 release date

The official Formula 1 game has a release date of 16 July.

Those itching to play sooner can get early access with the Deluxe Edition of F1 2021, which unlocks on 13 July.

F1 2021 will be available on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Toby Durant

Currently playing: F1 2020, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Forza Horizon 4

From our network
The First Apex Legends Season 11 Teaser Is Now Live on Olympus!

Everything we know about Apex Legends Season 11 so far.

Sea of Thieves Season 4 Release Date: When Does New Season Start?

All you need to know about Sea of Thieves' upcoming season.

World Flipper Tier List - Reroll and Best Characters

Flip the world on its head with the best characters on the World Flipper…

From our network
Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date announced

The game will be launching on PS4/5 later this year

FIFA 22 EA Access: EA Play 10 hour trial lets you try before you buy

You can put the game before its paces on all

FIFA 22 FUT Web App: Everything you need to know

Play FUT 22 ahead of your rivals before the official release

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 6: Detailed tips ahead of FPL GW6

Huge fixtures are coming up in GW6 including Chelsea v Man City

From our network
Kena: Bridge of Spirits release date announced

The game will be launching on PS4/5 later this year

FIFA 22 EA Access: EA Play 10 hour trial lets you try before you buy

You can put the game before its paces on all

FIFA 22 FUT Web App: Everything you need to know

Play FUT 22 ahead of your rivals before the official release

Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 6: Detailed tips ahead of FPL GW6

Huge fixtures are coming up in GW6 including Chelsea v Man City

From our network
New Pokemon Snap Pokedex: Full Pokemon List, Photoddex And Where To Find Them

New Pokemon Snap has finally arrived on Nintendo Switch and celebrates some of the…

Horizon Zero Dawn: How To Override

If you own a PS4 or PS5, Horizon Zero Dawn is free for you…

Horizon Zero Dawn: How To Mount

Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the better open-world games out there, which is…

Horizon Zero Dawn: How To Fast Travel

Horizon Zero Dawn is a pretty great open-world game, one that PS4 and PS5…

Play Video
© 2020 Gfinity. Trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.