It's official, F1 Manager 2022 has finally been announced!
After signing a deal with F1 to create an officially licensed managerial title, Frontier Developments has finally announced that the game is on its way for this year.
So, what is this game all about? Here's what we know so far!
Latest news - F1 Manager 2022 preview
Frontier recently gave us a deep dive into the world of F1 Manager 2022 showcasing the game's extensive team management tools, accessibility options, and thrilling races.
Check out our F1 Manager 2022 preview to find out everything you need to know about Frontier's new racing management sim.
F1 Manager 2022 screenshots showcase Baku
Ahead of the summer release, Frontier has shared the first F1 Manager 2022 screenshots. Previewing an early alpha build of the game, the screenshots showcase F1 Manager 2022's impressive recreation of the Baku City Circuit.
F1 Manager 2022 first look
We have been given an exclusive Q&A from the developers, Frontier. This includes a look at track and face scans, as well as some more detail on the vision behind the game.
Check it out!
F1 Manager 2022 release date
The announcement trailer gave a window of Summer 2022 for release. Which means we can start to narrow down dates.
There is also the expected release of Codemasters' F1 2022 in mid-July to consider and the F1 summer break in August that sees four long weeks without real-life races.
Perhaps a late-July release or falling into August is the most likely, but we don't yet know for sure.
What we do know is what you can play F1 Manager 2022 on.
Make the decisions that matter
F1 Manager 2022 will put you into the role of Team Principal rather than driver.
That means you'll be the one calling the shots from the pit wall as well as setting the direction of the team off the track too.
Expectations are going to be high for this title given the quality of Codemasters' racing game as well as that of the Football Manager series. Sports Interactive's managerial sim gives you the power to hire coaches, set training, and make transfers. Will we get a similar level of depth in F1 Manager 2022? It looks like it!
Players will be able to talk to their drivers in the race, direct ERS usage, and of course make all the decisions off the track.
That includes scouting your staff, monitoring your drivers, and even keeping the board happy!
There is also a mention of keeping your finances healthy, which hopefully means we will be negotiating sponsorship deals.
As an officially licensed game, F1 Manager 2022 will have all the F1 teams from the 2022 season. That means toppling Mercedes for the Constructors' Championship will be the name of the game, for many at least!
You can take up the Team Principal position in any one of the 10 Formula 1 teams.
There should be plenty of rags-to-riches opportunites for players. From taking a team like Haas, Alfa Romeo, or AlphaTauri to their first championship would be amazing. Or doing a Return To Glory style save with McLaren and Williams will also be an option.
Likewise, we can expect all 23, or 22 now, tracks from this F1 season. From Bahrain to Abu Dhabi, we'll be at the pit wall making all the key decisions for every lap.
Hopefully there will be more tracks that we can keep seasons feeling fresh. A pool of 25-28 tracks, including those replacements that we've seen over the last few years would be great for creating a game that has longevity.
Managerial games like the Football Manager series have options for players to start their career on Sunday League pitches as work up to the Premier League.
The Codemasters game has added in F2 for players to master before moving to F1 cars. So could we have something similar in F1 Manager 2022?
We know that players will be able to hire drivers from the official F2, and F3 lineups, which is amazing.
Will you be bringing a Theo Pourchaire or Jack Doohan up into Formula 1? Or sticking with the tried-and-tested veterans?
F1 Manager 2022 will be a single-player experience only.
While this is a disappointment for those hoping to take on the F1 calendar with friends, it should mean that Frontier can focus their efforts on making the game as realistic and enjoyable as possible.
As an annual title release, we hope F1 Manager can add a multiplayer option further down the road.