You may think that F1 is all about the racing and how driver skills prove to be the difference between total success and utter failure. But if truth be known, it’s about more than that – and in F1 Manager 2023 we’ll get to play through the finer details, as Frontier Developments promise deeper management, more dramatic racing and the greatest commitment to authenticity yet.
Many will be found taking in laps of F1 22 on a regular basis, but should you wish for more from your Formula One experience, there’s a chance that the micro-managing of the F1 Manager franchise will be more to your liking. With that in mind, the announcement of F1 Manager 2023 should be of interest.
Coming from the Frontier Developments team and set to release later this summer on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC (Steam and Epic), F1 Manager 2023 looks to build on the initial blocks put in place in F1 Manager 2022 – a game that, whilst enjoyable and deep, failed to ever really excite.
We’ve big hopes for the next iteration though and F1 Manager 2023 should have enough about itself to allow players to prove themselves as the next Toto Wolff, Christian Horner, Guenther Steiner or Fréd Vasseur – although honestly, we’re not sure anyone has the skills needed to get that prancing horse kicking in the right direction.
If you think you can give it a go though, F1 Manager 2023 should be for you. It’ll let you try to rewrite the key moments from the current 23-race season, whilst the Career mode will allow for about as much depth and detail as you could – and should – ever expect.
There’s obviously new features that will bring these opportunities, with the role of the Sporting Director front and centre. It’s this which will add deeper management than before, working the pit crew and training schedules as they go. You know pit stops are utter key to success in F1 yeah?
Further are new weight considerations which will also require players to find a balance between car performance and reliability, working within the Cost Cap to give their driver pairing every chance of success. Prospective Team Principals will also be able to define the direction of their team by setting the development focus of their current line-up, or by scouting the next generation of talent from the fully simulated F2 and F3 Championships, negotiating contracts for the following season to ensure multi-year success.
But it’s in the racing that Frontier are really looking to enhance their F1 Manager series and this time around races should be much more dramatic and dynamic than ever before, with shifting racing lines ensuring that drivers will duel for every vital point. There is a new driver confidence system that underpins bold overtaking manoeuvres, with cars going wheel-to-wheel as each world-class driver verbally responds to commands via their race engineers. And finally, you should expect to discover the fine balance of optimal tyre temperature windows creates unfolding drama as grip levels fluctuate, and split-second decisions which will mean the difference between taking pole position or ending up in the barriers.
it goes without saying that F1 Manager 2023 brings all 23 season-defining races and six F1 Sprint events to life, played out via stunning broadcast quality, with each key moment narrated by the returning Sky Sports commentary pairing of David Croft and Karun Chandhok.
F1 Manager 2023 will release through Frontier Developments on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC in summer 2023. The announcement trailer will have to sort you out for now.