The official management game is finally here but the F1 Manager 2022 driver ratings are brand new and tricky to understand.
We're really impressed with this new game from Frontier Developments and you can read our review here! This is the most in-depth Formula 1 game ever, so there's a lot to wrap your head around.
Never fear though, we're here to help as always, we explain the F1 Manager 2022 driver ratings right here!
F1 Manager 2022 driver ratings
Driver ratings are nothing new in Formula 1 games. f1 22 has its own set of ratings for all twenty F1 drivers in the game, but F1 Manager 2022 brings it to another level.
The comprehensive nature of these ratings is better than we've ever seen in a game like this. In fact, it's reminiscent of the degree of accuracy we see in other management games such as Football Manager.
If F1 Manager 2022 is going to challenge F1 22, it needs to aim to be the most complete game based around the pinnacle of motorsport.
There are three categories of performance ratings, Pace, Consistency and Racecraft. Each of these are further broke down into three subcategories. Further to this, there's also growth potential and aggression too.
The overall ratings of drivers are determined by an amalgamation of all of the performance ratings. Here's the full list and their descriptions:
- Cornering - The ability to maintain speed through corners. This allows the driver to go faster through all corners to improve lap times, and reduces the chance of them running wide or spinning when they do.
- Braking - The ability to brake more efficiently. This allows drivers to brake later when approaching corners to improve lap times without running wide or causing racing incidents.
- Reactions - The ability to respond to events at high speed. This allows the driver to accelerate faster out of corners and to pull away faster when the lights go out at the start of the race.
- Accuracy - The ability to follow the racing line as accurately as possible. This reduces the chance of a driver losing time or their car taking damage from running wide while racing.
- Control - The ability to prevent racing incidents. This reduces the likelihood of the driver causing lock-ups, spins, crashes, or running wide.
- Smoothness - The ability to reduce tyre wear while racing. This allows a driver to push harder and run longer stints on each set of tyres.
- Adaptability - The ability to adapt to poor weather conditions on track. This improves the driver's acceleration and cornering speed on tyres not suited to wetter track levels.
- Overtaking - The ability to overtake other drivers. This allows the driver to attempt and successfully complete more overtakes while racing, and lowers the chance of causing a racing incident when they do.
- Defending - The ability to defend a position while racing. This reduces the chance that another driver will be able to successfully overtake.
Each performance rating is rated out of 100. Obviously, the higher each of these are, the higher your driver's overall rating is. Which of these ratings make the biggest difference though?
Not all ratings are as important as the others. It goes without saying that the higher the overall ranking of the driver, the better their overall quality. However, some make a bigger difference to their overall skills than others.
We've been lucky enough to play F1 Manager 2022 already, so we're sharing our opinion and experiences with this so far.
From what we've seen, both Cornering and Braking are two of the most important stats in the game. These both determine pace more than any other attributes and especially help in both qualifying and free air during the race.
A driver with an overall lower grade can be faster than one with a higher overall if they have higher cornering and braking ratings.
Adaptability is another really crucial one, but only in the wet. In the dry, it makes little to no difference to your driver's performance.
Smoothness denotes tyre wear and so is really good to have if you want to pull off undercuts/stint extensions. This is especially handy in unusual situations such as Safety Car periods and red flags.
Everything you need to know about F1 Manager 2022
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