It’s a new season for the world’s most prestigious motorsports, and with it comes the latest digital rendering, EA SPORTS F1 22, just in time for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
July 1, 2022 marks your non-digital early access to the Champions Edition. Although this year there are many new features focused on the sport atmosphere, such as Supercars and F1 Life, racing remains the main priority of the title.
During our playtests we discovered a ton of tips and tricks and thought we’d share them with you to make reaching the top step of the podium a little easier, especially if you’re a newcomer to F1 22.
warming up your tires
The biggest change to the handling of the car this season, compared to the outgoing 2021 F1, is the physics of the tyres.
New real-world tire rules were introduced for the 2022 season that changed the rim diameter from 13 inches to 18 inches, and tire casing temperatures were reduced from 100°C in the front and 90°C at the rear. at the rear at 70 °C. to all tires.
In short, lower temperatures and smaller tire profiles lead to less grip on the track, something drivers have been struggling to adapt to all season.
Warming up tires in-game is now a higher priority than before. Coming out of the pits on new tires requires a lot more care on the out lap, as taking the usual racing line will instantly start an unscheduled meeting between the car and a thousand pieces of gravel.
These can be monitored on the temperature graph which is the fourth page of the car information HUD by pressing B or Circle, where keeping the tires between 80 and 100°C will be the optimum temperature for grip. Anything outside of this and loss of grip will occur.
Formation lap tire temperatures
This is much easier for the start procedure thanks to the new ‘immersive’ formation lap mode. Use this time to build up the temperature in the tires, making sure the carcass is within the optimal range before you hit the starter box.
To warm up the fronts, simply snake down the straights and apply the throttle in the corners, making sure to use all the available track. For the rears, hard acceleration out of corners or from a lower gear while on the pit lane. is the key, where you can now simulate a burnout to get a better throw.
Perfection of the immersive mode
Speaking of starts, there are now improvements to the immersion of formation laps and pit stops for F1 22. You can now drive the car into the pit box and choose the turning point when entering the pits, both of which they can gain an advantage over their opponents if perfected.
How to line up on the grid
For formation laps, a graph is now overlaid in front of your pit box to show how well you’ve parked. Red shows that you stopped too far or beyond the box, green shows a good position, and purple represents the optimal position for the throw.
The best way to approach your box is to slow down to around 5mph, wait for the graphic to turn green, and then slow down further in preparation, before quickly applying the brakes as soon as you see it turn purple. .
Try not to go under or over the box, as this will force the car into a non-ideal position. Remember, you can also enter the pit box at a different angle if you want to replicate real life.
Timing the pit stops
As for immersive pit stops, this new feature seems to give us a bit of a headache recently, as it is claimed that pressing the button at 0.2 is a late change and leads to a longer pit stop.
We found that turning between 0.3 and 0.5 seconds seems to be optimal, and anything before that is satisfactory. This may be changed in future patches, but be sure to use flashbacks in a solo run to find a benchmark you’re comfortable with.
Outside of Grand Prix and online racing, and in My Team mode, the pit stop time will also depend on how much you invest in the relative facilities.
Exploring the new audio options
Just like setting up a car, tweaking a little thing in the settings menu can make your experience that much better. This wide range of settings is worth exploring to your liking, but we’d like to highlight a few that we think could be of great help.
How to change commenters
First off, two different English commentators are new to the F1 22 game, as you can now choose between David Croft and Alex Jacques in the Audio Settings menu.
Whether you’re a fan of Sky Sports or Channel 4 or just have a preference, your selected commentator will appear within scenes between a session.
Change of soundtracks
In the F1 22 Audio Settings menu, scroll down and you can change the music to the F1 theme or EA selected soundtrack playlist. This is also a personal preference, but the theme option is recommended for content creators as it does not signal any copyright issues within video platforms.
Camera angle assist
We also have two tips to help adjust two of the key camera angles, hopefully giving you a clear view.
How to hide the halo column
If you like using the cockpit view in F1 22, you can hide the halo column within the camera customization menu. This is great for those who don’t use VR, as keeping your spine blocks your view and can lead to unfortunate accidents.
Add a virtual rearview mirror
Another setting that helps with visibility is the virtual rearview mirror. Even if this is unrealistic, having that extra mirror and not having to rely on the little mirrors on the side of the cars along with the proximity indicators makes defense a little easier.
Be sure to enable this in the OSD personalization area within the on-screen display settings menu, as we found this to be hidden even when the setting was turned on.
Max out Time Attack mode
Now obviously the best way to learn a track is through practice, we’ve all heard that Christian Horner likes to stir the pot. But it’s true, practicing through Time Attack mode gives you the best possible conditions to learn.
Not only does this mode give you access to rival ghosts, their lines, and replaying dry or wet conditions, but you can also try your rival’s custom setups or the leaderboard.
Viewing Leaderboard Settings
The time trial session information screen will tell you who is using a custom setting or not, and selecting someone will apply that setting to your car.
The biggest takeaway from this is that you can actually see all the settings within the custom settings box, which is why someone like reigning F1 Esports Series Pro Champion Jarno Opmeer doesn’t use them within time trial mode, even if he is constantly on top of the time sheets.
Experiment with what feels comfortable to you and save it for future races, but keep in mind that they may only be useful for a lap or two rather than a full race.
One small point for those who enjoy supercars, as these beasts handle in a completely different way to Formula 1 cars, which is why drivers are always complaining that the pace car isn’t fast enough.
Give them a lot more respect around corners, as their speed going into corners should be much slower than their bare-wheeled friend. Suzuka’s twist 130R is easily flat in an F1 car, but try this in a supercar and you’ll end up wrapped around Armco barriers. Braking around 50 to 100 meters before the usual braking point should be a good marker for them, as long as you adjust accordingly afterwards.
These cars also seem to be more tail-happy with the rear end sliding out of the corner, but this oversteer is much easier to control here compared to other sims.
Whether you’re a fan of these cars or driving them through My Team mode, we hope these tips help you get a little more comfortable. We also have a separate guide on how they are unlocked and what modes they can be used in, plus the video below for more tips.
Don’t forget about F1 2021
If you’ve played the previous F1 games, the basics like driving aids and assists will stick. But, if F1 22 is your first F1 game in a long time, or ever, check out or read our tips and tricks for F1 2021 as it covers some basic basics.