F1 2022 game: Release date, price, tracks and new features

F1 22 is the latest video game from Codemasters and EA Sports, containing all the teams, drivers and tracks from the current 2022 season.

And now the release of this eagerly-anticipated latest version of the highly successful game is just days away.

Following on from last year’s hugely successful F1 2021, F1 22 introduces new car models and updated physics.

The realism is also improved by immersive and broadcast options for pit stops, formation laps and more.

Additionally, the PC version of the game allows you to experience F1 22 in VR, making it feel like you’re racing in real life.

As well as all that, F1 22 features the series’ first-ever custom soundtrack, with 33 artists from 13 nations – including huge names like Charli XCX and Diplo.

Release date: When does the game come out?

F1 22 will be released worldwide on 1 July 2022.

It will be available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

The game launch coincides with the 2022 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, while the Champions Edition of F1 22 gives early access from June 28.

The price: How much does the game cost?

In the UK, F1 22 costs £69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of F1 22 retail at £59.99.

The Microsoft Windows version for PC is the cheapest option at £49.99 and available from Steam, Epic Games Store and Origin.

The standard edition costs $59.99 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in the United States, and $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X.

Fans wanting to pre-order the Champions Edition of F1 22 will have to pay £79.99 for all consoles or £69.99 on PC.

Racing fans in the US will have to pay $79.99 on all platforms for F1 22 Champions Edition.

Which tracks are on the 2022 game?

Every single track from the 2022 F1 championship season is available in F1 22 in its current track configuration.

That means there are new layouts for Catalunya, Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, while Miami features in an 1 game for the first time ever.

Tracks in F1 22:

  • Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
  • Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
  • Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
  • Imola Circuit, Imola
  • Miami International Autodrome, Miami Gardens
  • Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmelo
  • Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
  • Baku City Circuit, Baku
  • Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
  • Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
  • Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
  • Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
  • Hungaroring, Mogyorod
  • Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
  • Sandvoort Tour, Zandvoort
  • Monza Circuit, Monza
  • Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
  • Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
  • Circuit of the Americas, Austin
  • Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
  • Interlagos Circuit, Sao Paulo
  • Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Official driver ratings

After that incredible battle for the 2021 drivers’ championship, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have the highest ratings in F1 22.

Verstappen and Hamilton both have an overall rating of 94, with Charles Leclerc rated 92 and British duo Lando Norris and George Russell both on 90.

At the other end of the table, newcomer Zhou Guanyu gets an overall rating of 70, the same grade as Williams driver Nicholas Latifi.

Game features, plus what’s new for 2022?

F1 22’s biggest selling point is new cars, drivers and track layouts.

The new cars in F1 22 have redesigned heavier car models, meaning they feel slightly to drive than last season’s version, which will take a bit of getting used to if you have played previous editions.

F1 Life is a new feature too, serving as a lifestyle simulator that lets you customize your off-track look, home and even a garage, including non-F1 supercars.

My Team mode is improved from previous editions with Icons introduced so you can add historic drivers to your roster.

You can also now choose what type of team to start with, so you’re not stranded with one at the back of the grid when you begin your career.

Adaptive AI is another new addition which is great for newcomers to the game and younger gamers as it means that opposition cars will drive more slowly as you get to grips with the controls.

VR is also available on the PC version, supporting a variety of headsets including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

What trophies and achievements are in play?

There are two gold trophies to attain in F1 22 and they’re probably the most obvious ones of all – ‘Ultimate Prize’ is awarded when you win the F1 drivers’ championship and ‘Makes the Dream Work’ is for winning the F1 constructors’ championship.

There are a variety of silver trophies, including ‘Always Improving’ for completing 250 successful overtakes, and ‘All Around the World’ for completing a clean lap at all tracks in Time Trial mode.

Some of the other trophies are much easier to achieve like ‘Lookin Stylish’ where you just need to change your livery paint, and ‘Supercar Superstar’, which is awarded when you unlock six supercars in F1 Life.

Best platforms to play

Only the PC version of F1 22 has VR, making this a more attractive proposition than the console versions of the game. However, the required specs for Microsoft Windows mean not all PCs will be able to play it.

Console versions on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S obviously have better graphics and perform better than the older generation of consoles, but all the game modes are the same on PS4 and Xbox One.

Game setups for 2022

As with previous versions of the game, you can adjust many different aspects of your car in F1 22, depending on which track you are attempting.

Everything from suspension geometry to aerodynamics to brakes and tires can be adjusted.

In the coming weeks, GPFans will be providing more info and tips for the best game setups to use for each track.

Go early with Champions Edition

F1 22 Champions Edition launches on June 28, allowing you access to the game three days before the official July 1 launch.

Champions Edition also has new My Team icons as well as a Dual Entitlement Upgrade.

The base copy of the game comes with 5,000 PitCoin, while the Champions Edition gives the user 18,000 PitCoin to begin the game.

Using this, players can upgrade from the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game to the next generation consoles for no extra cost.

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