F1 Manager 2023 features improved pit crew, race replay mode and sprints | traction

Last year, Frontier Development’s first foray into the glamorous, high-speed, 200mph world of Formula 1 with F1 Manager 2022 provided a solid platform to build on.

Now, a year later, the pressure is on to deliver on that promise with F1 Manager 2023. We’ve thrown a first taster and here are what we think are the key new features that the sequel will bring.

Chic race presentation

While amazing for a management game, the animations in F1 Manager 2022’s race car were at times uncouth and more monotonous than a Benny Benassi song.

We would have liked the top-down dots and a track map once the race speed was increased. But Frontier went one step further and included a TV-style presentation and fully modeled vehicles.

The genie was out of the bottle, so it’s hard not to compare what you see in an F1 manager title to a driving game. Unfair, yes, but of course.

For the sequel, the way the cars move around the track is said to be closer to the real world. Based on some early work-in-progress, there’s still some jitters evident, especially on corner exits, but it’s looking a lot smoother.

When asking a driver to push, you should now see them attack the curbs more aggressively. There should also be major differences in the ideal line used – in the previous title everything could sometimes seem a bit too familiar.

F1 Manager 2023 Pit Stop McLaren

Riders should now be able to react more realistically to light contact, catch slides, or recover from an off-track more effectively.

This involves further changes to the pit stops. Motion capture again, only this time with more authenticity. The troop is also fallible, for example there can be jammed tire guns.

To avoid this, there are in-depth pit team training and skill trees. A schedule is now available to select different types of drilling – for example removing tires or detaching the vehicle. Your goal is to shorten pit stop times without tiring the team and thus increasing the likelihood of errors.

F1 Manager 2023 Pit Crew Training Schedule 02

Monitoring their progress is a new role in the game, Sporting Director, and each of them has their own ratings.

More detailed driver systems in the race

After several dozen hours with the previous title, you may have noticed the opportunity to inordinately save tires, ERS and fuel on DRS trains.

To avoid this and hopefully aim for more dynamic racing in F1 Manager 2023, there may be significant changes to the behavior of various systems.

There’s a new ERS “Battle Assist” option that can be used for both overtaking and defending. However, it remains to be seen how this will play out at this point in time.

F1 Manager 2023 Driver Confidence

Next, the tire temperature is now simulated by running over the carcass and the surface. Longevity is not only affected by the ambient temperature or whether a rider is pushing for long stretches of a race, but also by their overall ability and even their confidence.

Said confidence level is a new visual representation that shows whether a driver is underperforming or overperforming. When the level is low, the chances of making an impressive last-lap pass decrease.

The way you monitor tire wear through pace commands during a race is key to maintaining a high level of confidence and predictable performance.

Revised contract negotiations and driver development

We requested this in our F1 Manager 2023 wish video we released last year and happily the contract system has been updated.

The ability to sign a driver straight away remains, but you can now sign a new driver a season in advance. To cheer!

Driver Contracts for F1 Manager 2023

The driver development should also be much more realistic. A key component of not only F1 managers, but also titles like Football Manager, finding new talent and watching younger athletes develop into the next generation is extremely rewarding.

But in the 2022 release, older drivers didn’t seem to be fading away fast enough. In fact, they still sometimes progressed at a similar rate to younger opponents. It could be that Fernando Alonso continues to hone his skills well into the 2026 season.

Well, to be fair to the Spaniard, that can certainly happen… but hopefully you get the point. Older competitors in the starting field should now lose more form over the course of their careers and place more value on discovering young talent.

F1 Manager 2023 F3 results

While you can’t manage a Formula 2 or Formula 3 team, at least now the junior formula races are simulated behind the scenes and you can see far more detailed race results and performance, helping you choose a star to compete in could turn the next sir Lewis Hamilton.

2023 season updates

This is a game that replicates the current F1 season so the teams and drivers are included quite obviously.

But also the new Las Vegas Strip Street Circuit and Qatar’s Losail Circuit, which debuted in 2021, have been part of the program since release, were absent in 2022 when the first F1 Manager was released and are now back for this year .

F1 Manager 2023 Halo Camera and Suspension

Sprints will also make their debut in F1 Manager 2023, six in total. These took place in the real world last season and are only identifiable in F1 Manager 22 by their absence. They appear alongside the tests in the “Revised Qualifying Format”, in which a tire compound is specified for each stage.

More team and driver radio clips have been added, along with a tweak to their contextual use, and the car models appear to be more detailed and better distinguish between teams. Notably, the steering arms and suspension move independently, which is noticeable when using the halo camera – something even F1 driving games can’t simulate. It’s worth checking out our embedded video above to see it in action.

Minor changes and release notes

The major updates are offset by numerous smaller changes. These include the ability to save during each session, a stricter cost cap, the introduction of a “dilemmas” system where you must choose what you think is the right course of action, and the development of aerodynamic parts that now have a weight Durability equation included. No, you cannot create a fictional 11th team.

F1 Manager 2023 key art

More details on the additional features will be revealed later, such as a brand new game mode separate from the career: Race Replay. It aims to “take players closer to each twist of the 2023 Formula One World Championship and allow them to re-write key moments.”

It is also worth mentioning that the latest F1 Manager game will be released again on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. There’s no firm release date set yet, other than a “summer” window.

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