We are just two months away from F1 Manager 2022, but we are well into the current Formula 1 season.
With nine races done, and plenty of action in the feeder series too, it's time to start predicting exactly how Frontier will distribute driver ratings when F1 Manager 2022 launches.
F1 Manager 2022 driver ratings
We're all used to the Codemasters driver ratings by now, but F1 Manager 2022 is braking it all up in a much more visible way.
While each driver will have an overall rating that will let you get a sense of them at a glance, there are nine individual driving attributes.
These are Braking, Cornering, Control, Reactions, Defending, Overtaking, Adaptability, Accuracy, and Smoothness.
Drivers then have two further attributes, Growth Potential and Aggression, that are given a low-high tag rather than a numerical value.
Every driver, be they F1, F2, or F3, will be rated like this. It's great to see Frontier give more depth and visibility to the ratings, and should help players identify exactly who is right for the job.
In the gameplay footage Frontier released earlier this month we got a look at ratings, but they are all provisional and we fully expect them to be different by the F1 Manager 2022 release date.
F1 driver ratings
We fully expect Max Verstappen to top the ratings for F1 Manager 2022. Not only is he the reigning World Drivers' Champion but he leads the championship at the time of writing and is looking as imperious behind the wheel as anyone has.
Max is likely to get at least a 90 rating, depending on how high Frontier wants to set their ceiling at the start of the game.
He doesn't really have a weakness in his game so should be fairly well balanced. He shouldn't have high Growth Potential, even though he is only 24, but he will definitely have high aggression.
In the top bracket with Max should be his main title rival Charles Leclerc and the seven-time champ Lewis Hamilton. We expect them to be just a point or two lower than Max, but don't discount the thought of Hamilton being ranked the same as Max.
After that comes a mixed up midfield, with veteran drivers in shaky teams like Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and Valtteri Bottas going up against the younger talents of Lando Norris, George Russell, and Carlos Sainz.
At the bottom of the F1 driver ratings we expect to find the really young and inexperienced drivers like Yuki Tsunoda, Mick Schumacher, and Guanyu Zhou, along with Nicholas Latifi and the reserve drivers.
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||90|
|Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||86|
|Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||86|
|Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||85|
|Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||77|
|Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||74|
How Frontier places young drivers on its rating system will be fascinating to see. We know they won't be touching the F1 drivers, but will they be close? A big gulf could see AI teams not promote drivers until they absolutely have to, leaving talent to stagnate.
Favourite for top spot among the current F2 crop must be Theo Pourchaire or Juri Vips. The Sauber academy and ART driver sits second in the standings right now, but has bags of talent and is still just 18 years old.
Vips is part of Red Bull's junior setup and is hotly tipped to be their next F1 promotion when a seat becomes available. He's currently seventh in the championship following some rotten luck and one or two wild moments.
Around him should be championship leader Felipe Drugovich, Jehan Daruvala, and F3 champion Dennis Hauger.
|Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||66|
|Jake Hughes||Van Amersfoort||61|
|Clement Novalak||MP Motorsport||61|
|Amary Cordeel||Van Amersfoort||57|
Formula 3 is going to be a rough one to take a swing at! With 30 race seats and plenty of talented but raw drivers it is anyone's guess what happens here.
We expect current championship leader Victor Martins to top the ratings here. He finished fifth in F3 last season, the highest of any returning driver.
After him should be Alexander Smolyar, Arthur Leclerc, and potentially Issac Hadjar.
|Alexander Smolyar||MP Motorsport||56|
|Juan Manuel Correa||ART||53|
|Franco Colapinto||Van Amersfoort||53|
|Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||53|
|Kush Maini||MP Motorsport||50|
|Ido Cohen||Jenzer Motorsport||50|
|Rafael Villagomez||Van Amersfoort||50|
|William Alatalo||Jenzer Motorsport||50|
|Reece Ushijima||Van Amersfoort||49|