How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22

Uncover all the ins and outs of managing a race in F1 Manager 22. Learn how to prepare the race to the best of your team's capability starting from Friday's briefing until Sunday's takeover. Discover how to get the most out of Free Practice and Qualifying to start the race in the best possible conditions and perfect your strategies.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22

Whether you’re an F1 enthusiast or you’ve recently approached the sport, managing a race in F1 Manager 22 can be a little tricky at first. Though the game is pretty straightforward for many things, there are some aspects of it that might seem a bit confusing. Besides, there are also some mechanics that players might neglect or pass over.

In this guide, you’re going to find out how to manage a full race weekend in F1 Manager 22, from deciding the objectives before Friday’s practice to Sunday’s debriefing. There will also be some tips on how to get the most out of each session. However, for more suggestions, especially on your career in general, you should refer to our Beginners’ Guide.

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The Race Weekend in F1 Manager 22

The game is true to reality when it comes to the rules and regulations of F1. So, if you regularly watch races, you know what’s the drill. In F1 Manager 22 there’s only one important addition to what you might already know: Performance Targets. But before delving into specifics, let’s have a look at the stages of a race weekend:

  • Race Weekend Preparation
  • Free Practice (1, 2, and 3)
  • Qualifying
  • Race
  • Debriefing

Each of these stages has its importance and none should be skipped or overlooked. This is especially true if you want to set your drivers for the best possible result in a Grand Prix. However, it is also instrumental for long-term objectives, the team’s finances, and for mastering the ins and outs of your job.

The Starting Point: Race Weekend Preparation

In this phase, there are two key things to do: decide the Performance Targets and check your Car Builds. You can also have a peek at the Circuit Info to start getting an idea of the weather, recommended pit strategies, and best tyre compounds. However, the Circuit Info panel will be available at all times.

Performance Targets

Performance Targets are your sponsors’ race objectives that determine how much they will pay you after each race weekend. They are divided into Qualifying, Race, and Hot Streak Targets. You always start with three pre-decided objectives but you can choose to add a few extras called Guarantees. A Guarantee gives you the opportunity to earn more money (if achieving the objective) or lose money (if failing it). Though they aren’t obligatory, they’re a good way to get some extra income. However, you should be considerate when choosing them.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Performance Targets

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22: Performance Targets

To understand which targets are realistic and which aren’t, pay attention to the circuit characteristics compared with the ones of your car. For example, if your car’s strong point is High-Speed Corners,  don’t aim too high in slow tracks such as Monaco.  You can check the strong points of your F1 in the panel Car > Car Analysis. There you’ll also see which stats are recommended or crucial for your next race. This will help you choose the right targets.

Car Builds

The second thing to do before starting the race weekend is to check the car builds. This is crucial to make sure that your cars have the best available parts and that there isn’t any serious wear in their powertrains.

On the Race Preparation Panel, click on Car Builds then choose Warehouse. There you have an overview of all the cars’ components. Check each one and make sure that the latest design is installed on both cars. On the powertrain section, you can see the wear of the engine, ERS, and gearbox. Change it if the values are too low but remember that you can also do this during the race weekend so you could use a worn part in Free Practice and keep the good ones for Qualifying and Race.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Warehouse Panel

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22: Warehouse Panel

Once the targets are set and the cars are equipped with the best available components, it’s time to go on track.

What to Do in Free Practice

Practice might seem unimportant but it is absolutely crucial to have a good race. As you can read in any guide, you shouldn’t skip practice at all. If it’s too boring just set the speed at 16x and try to get past it quickly but do take good care of two things: getting the best car set-up possible and collecting important information.

Car Set-up

Car set-up determines how efficient your car is on the track. You can have the best car in the paddock but if you fail to prepare it for the race, your chances of victory will be very slim. Try to use every possible minute to have your cars on track and, as soon as the feedback score is 5/5, call them back in. Check the drivers’ confidence and tweak the stats to reach optimal results.

It’s unlikely that you’re going to get a perfect setup from the get-go, so the point here is to test different configurations. Note that, depending on your Race Engineer skills, you’re going to have an average of two full setup tests per free practice. So use the time wisely since you won’t have many chances.

Overview of the car setup panel comprehensive of all options - How to manage a race in F1 Manager 22

Finding the best possible car setup is essential

It’s very important to know that, after each practice session, the two most used sets of tires will become unavailable. For this reason, it’s recommendable to only use two sets each session to optimize tyres’ usage.

Information and Bonuses

Data gathering is the bread and butter of an F1 manager. During a race weekend, free practice is the perfect moment to do so. Particularly, you should try to get an idea of the tyre wear of your cars with different compounds. This will help you a lot when deciding which strategy to adopt during the race.

Aside from the data you collect, the drivers also benefit from the practice by gaining performance bonuses. These bonuses are based on Track Acclimatisation, Car Parts Knowledge, and Set-Up Confidence.  With high scores in these categories, the drivers get some temporary extra points to their stats.

Get the Best Out of Qualifying

Once you gathered knowledge and prepared the cars to their best, it’s time to see how you fare against your opponents. The times obtained in practice can give you an idea but, similar to reality, qualifying is a different story. Before starting, make sure that the cars have the best possible set-up and, very importantly, check the weather forecast.

Knowing the weather is crucial, especially, if the conditions are changeable. By having this information, you can make sure that your drivers have their fast lap in the best possible conditions and avoid a wet track. The difference in time between wet and dry is enormous and unbridgeable.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Qualifying Preparation

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Qualifying Preparation

Aside from this, qualifying is pretty straightforward. The main point is to put your drivers in the best possible situation to have a clean and fast lap. This means no traffic ahead, no wet track, and enough time to try at least twice per session. It’s also useful to know that, in a dry scenario, track conditions will improve as time passes. So it’s important to have a go during the last minute of the session unless you have already set a comfortable time.

Finally, remember that time and components management are both very important. On some tracks, you could try to set a time more than twice. However, if the driver is not improving his time, you can call him back to the box and let him try again with fresher tires or when there’s less traffic around.

How to Manage the Race

So it’s Sunday, it’s race day. Everything you did so far is for the big moment. But before you launch yourself into it there are a few things to take care of. First of all the strategy. F1 Manager 22 provides three different strategies for each race but you can also create your own. Use the data collected during practice and keep an eye on the weather to come up with the best possible strategy. However, remember that you should also be ready to have alternative plans in case of unexpected events.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Pre-race Options

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22: Pre-race Options

Second, you should give a last check on the car parts. Just make sure that all parts are fine and good to go. Remember that this is your last chance to do an “Emergency Manufacture” to create parts that might have been damaged during practice or qualifying. Finally, go to Driver Options and set them to the max:

  • Pace > Attack
  • Fuel > Push
  • ERS > Overtake

This will give your drivers full power for the start and first lap of the race.

The First 10 Laps of the Race

Even if an F1 race is more similar to a marathon than to a sprint, being in a good position at the start could give you an edge over your opponents. This is particularly true in tracks such as Monaco or Spain where it’s not easy to overtake. In the first 5-10 laps you should try to help your drivers to be in a good position for the rest of the race. Of course, the goal depends on the strength of your team. As a top team, you might want to clear off the competition and avoid giving DRS to the car behind. As a midfield team, you are probably aiming at keeping a spot within the points zone, possibly in a small DRS train.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Strategy View

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22: Strategy View

As you try to push your drivers to the max, you should also think about the rest of the race. This means that you must be careful not to ruin your tires too quickly or, even worse, finish the gasoline. So always keep an eye on the relevant stats at the bottom of the screen. The strategy view is also quite handy to check your tyres status and the weather forecast.

The Rest of the Race and the Pit Stops

Depending on your position, the mid-part of the race might be almost entirely dedicated to observation. As a top team, you probably took off from the opponents and are just making sure your drivers manage tyres and fuel appropriately. As a midfield team, you need to keep the balance between performance and consumption until the pit window opens.

In any case, races are unpredictable and you must always be on your toes and ready for random events. A sudden rain, a safety car, or a mistake can change the race completely and you must act quickly to turn the events in your favor or minimize the damage. Pit stops are also a good example of this. Always keep an eye on your drivers and their rivals’ lap times to decide when it’s a good moment to stop.

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22 Tyre Wear View During Race

How to Manage a Race in F1 Manager 22: Tyre Wear View During Race

In other words, this part of the race is the most strategic one. Always think ahead, analyze drivers’ performances, and control tyre wear and lap times. Also, use the Pace, Fuel, and DRS options sensibly and in a way that won’t disrupt your plans.

The End of the Race and the Takeout

Once the race is over there are some things you should consider. Regardless of the final result, you should analyze what worked and what didn’t in your race strategy. You can help your analysis by checking the stats tab where you can see lap times, tyres history, and so forth. Reflecting on these data will help you a great deal in your future races.

Aside from checking the standings and the experience gained by your drivers, there’s one more important thing to do once you’re back from the race and on the main interface: make sure that the car parts are still in good condition. Especially if one of your drivers ran into an accident, check in the Warehouse panel how many parts you have left. If necessary, build new ones immediately so that they’re ready for your next race.

On a final note, managing a race in F1 Manager 22 is not an easy task if you’re not familiar with the world of F1 and of sports management games. Be patient in your first few races, experiment with different approaches, and find out what works best for you and your team.

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