It’s a new season for the world’s most prestigious motorsport, and with it comes the latest digital representation, EA SPORTS F1 22, just in time for the British Grand Prix this weekend.
July 1, 2022 marks its non-digital early access to the Champions Edition pre-order. Although there are many new features this year focused on the sports atmosphere such as Supercars and F1 Life, racing remains the main focus of the title.
During our playtesting we discovered a bunch of tips and tricks and thought we’d share them with you to make it a bit easier to reach the top step of the podium, especially if you’re new to F1. 22.
Warm up your tires
The biggest change in vehicle handling this season, compared to the outgoing F1 2021, is tire physics.
New real-world tire rules have been introduced for the 2022 season which have changed the rim diameter from 13in to 18in, and tire cover temperatures have been reduced by 100C at the front and from 90°C in the back to 70°C now. to all tires.
In short, the lower temperatures and smaller tire profile lead to less grip on the track, which riders have struggled to adapt to all season.
Warming up tires in-game is now a higher priority than before. Coming out of the pits with new tires requires much more caution on the exit laps, as taking the usual racing line will instantly trigger an unplanned encounter 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 80-100°C will be the optimum temperature for grip . Anything outside of this and loss of adhesion will occur.
Formation lap tire temperatures
It’s much easier on the start procedure thanks to the new “immersive” formation lap mode. Use this time to increase tire temperatures, ensuring the casing is in the optimum range before it hits the tee box.
To warm up the fronts, simply weave on the straights and apply throttle through the corners, making sure to use all the available track. For the rears, hard acceleration out of corners or from a lower gear on the pit straight is the key, where you can now fake a burnout to get a better launch.
The perfection of immersive mode
Speaking of starts, improvements to the immersion of formation laps and pit stops have now been introduced for F1 22. You can now drive the car into the pit and choose the turning point when entering the stands, both of which can gain an advantage over your opponents if perfected.
How to align to the grid
For formation laps, a graphic is now overlaid in front of your pit to show how close you parked. Red indicates you have stopped too far or past the box, green indicates good position, and purple represents the optimal position for launch.
The best way to approach your box is to reduce your speed to around 5 mph, wait for the graphic to turn green, then reduce your speed even further in preparation, before quickly applying the brakes as soon as you see it. turn purple.
Try not to overshoot or overshoot the box, as this will force the car into a less than ideal position. Remember that you can also enter the pit from a different angle if you want to replicate real life.
Timing pit stops
When it comes to immersive pit stops, this new feature seemed to be giving us a bit of a headache recently, as pressing the 0.2 button is considered a late turn and leads to a longer pit stop.
We’ve found that turning between 0.3 and 0.5 seconds seems to be optimal, with all of the above satisfactory. This may change in future patches, but be sure to use flashbacks in a solo run to find a baseline you’re comfortable with.
Outside of Grands Prix and Online Races, and in My Team mode, your downtime will also depend on how much you invest in relative facilities.
Explore new audio options
Much like setting up a car, tweaking a little thing in the settings menu can make your experience that much better. It’s worth exploring this huge range of tweaks to suit your taste, but we’d like to highlight a few that we think could help immensely.
How to change commentator
First, two different English commentators are new to the F1 22 game, as you now have a choice between David Croft and Alex Jacques in the Audio Settings menu.
Whether you’re a Sky Sports or Channel 4 fan or just have a preference, your selected commentator will appear in cutscenes between a session.
In the F1 22 Audio Settings menu, scroll down and you can change the music to F1 themed or EA curated 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 on video platforms.
Camera angle support
We’ve also got two tips to help you adjust two of the main 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 in the camera customization menu. This is great for those who don’t use VR, as keeping the column on blocks the view forward and can lead to unfortunate crashes.
Added a virtual rear view mirror
Another setting that helps with visibility is the virtual rear view mirror. While this isn’t realistic, having that extra mirror and not having to rely on the tiny mirrors on the side of the cars next to the proximity pointers makes defending a bit easier.
Be sure to enable it in the OSD customization area in the on-screen display settings menu, as we found this was hidden even when the setting was enabled.
Maximize time trial mode
Now obviously the best way to learn a tune is to practice, we’ve all heard that Christian Horner likes to stir the pot. But it’s true, training in time trial mode gives you the best possible conditions for learning.
Not only does this mode give you access to rival phantoms, their lines, and the replication of dry or wet conditions, but you can also try custom setups from your rival or the leaderboard.
Viewing Ranking Configurations
The Time Trial session info screen will tell you who is using a custom setup and not, and selecting someone will apply that setup to your car.
The biggest point about this is that you can actually see what all the tweaks are in the custom config box, which is why someone like reigning F1 Esports Series Pro champion Jarno Opmeer doesn’t use them in the time trial mode, even if it is constantly at the top of the timesheets.
Experiment with what you find comfortable and save them for future runs, but keep in mind that they may only be useful for a lap or two rather than a full run.
A small point for those who like Supercars because these beasts behave in a totally different way to Formula 1 cars, hence why drivers always complain that the safety car is not enough fast.
Give them much more respect in the corners, as their speed on corner entry should be much slower than its open-wheeled friend. Suzuka’s 130R corner is easily flat in an F1 car, but try this in a supercar and you’ll find yourself wrapped around the Armco barriers. Braking about 50 to 100 meters before the usual braking point should be a good benchmark for them, provided you adapt afterwards.
These cars also seem to be more tail happy with the rear sliding out of the corner, but that oversteer is much easier to control here compared to other sims out there.
Whether you’re a fan of these cars or use them through My Team mode, we hope these tips help them feel a little more comfortable. We also have a separate guide on how they’re unlocked and what modes they can be used in, as well as the video below for more tips.
Don’t forget F1 2021
If you’ve played previous F1 games, the basics like driver aids and assists will carry over. But, if F1 22 is your first F1 game in a while, or ever, check out or read our tips and tricks for F1 2021 as it covers some basic essentials.