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First look at F1’s 22 new supercar challenges, circuit updates and more RaceFans

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The new edition of the official Formula 1 game adds new features including supercar challenges, circuit updates, interactive pit stops and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming in F1 22.

Hot laps of the Pirelli supercar

You are now invited to participate in the Pirelli Hot Laps challenges

One of the biggest new additions to the game is the Pirelli Hot Laps challenges. These take place in a variety of supercars, though naturally only those produced by manufacturers that have a presence in F1.

F1 22 - Supercar Drift
There are four challenges available.

There are a total of 40 different Hot Laps challenges available. They come in four different flavors: Drift, Autocross, Average Speed, and Rival Duel.

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They’re all far more interesting than ferrying lucky Paddock Club guests around the track. Drift mode, unsurprisingly, involved scoring points for holding long slides. Average speed is the closest thing to a time trial and pits you against a challenging section of an F1 track.

Autocross is a more challenging test drive, bringing out the different handling characteristics of heavy supercars versus nimble F1 machines. Final, Rival Duel is a one-on-one sprint race.

F1 22 - Average supercar speed
The average speed challenge has a familiar feel…
F1 22 - Average supercar speed
…the narrow Baku provides a demanding test
F1 22 - Supercar Autocross
Typical Northamptonshire roadworks?
F1 22 - Supercar Autocross
No, it’s the Autocross that turns the cone (in theory)
F1 22 - Duel of supercar rivals
Rival Duel pits you in a straight fight with another supercar
F1 22 - Duel of supercar rivals
This duel got a bit spirited…
F1 22 - Duel of supercar rivals
…we’ll call this a ‘damage model test’

transmission effects

F1 22 - pit stop transmission
The camera work has a realistic wobble as his crew of mechanics spring into action.

Codemasters has paid close attention to the animations that accompany pit stops and added broadcast-style coverage to show tire changes and repairs being performed as if you were watching a race.

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F1 22 - pit stop transmission
It is now possible to ‘lose your marks’ when you pit

There is also a new dimension of gameplay for pit stops. Now it’s up to you to make sure you enter your box at the right time. If it breaks down, the pit crew will change the tires more slowly.

F1 22 - pit stop transmission
Don’t worry, you can’t take out your pit crew Grand Theft Auto style…

Formation Lap Updates

F1 22 - formation lap
You can now manually drive to your grill slot

A long-awaited addition to the game is the new grid slot feature on the formation lap. This allows you to position your car on the grid exactly how you want without the AI ​​taking control of your car before you pass the pit lane.

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F1 22 - formation lap
You can stay without the position you choose…
F1 22 - formation lap
…but the rivals will ‘ghost’ in the correct positions
F1 22 - formation lap
Aim for your correct starting position…
F1 22 - formation lap
…or tilt your car however you want

updated tracks

F1 22 - Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina has fewer chicanes…
F1 22 - Yas Marina Circuit
…and now it’s more fun to drive

The most significant track changes for 2022 are present and correct. These include the revised Yas Marina and Circuit de Catalunya which were used by F1 last year but will not be present in F1 2021.

The reforms of Albert Park in Melbourne and the new Miami International Autodrome also appear.

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life f1

F1 22 - Life F1
New car skins are available

The biggest cosmetic change to the game is the new F1 Life environment. Here you can design your character, customize your F1 car and team, fill your garage with Supercars and even control other players.

F1 22 - Life F1
Equip your character…
F1 22 - Life F1
…and design an appropriate team logo
F1 22 - Life F1
The two F1 Safety Cars are available as bonus items.

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More about F1 22

Look for our full F1 22 review once we receive the finished game. In the meantime, here’s more of what you can expect in the latest edition of the official Formula 1 game:

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