F1 2022 Newbie Guide: Tips, Tricks and Strategies

It is not easy to plunge into the world of F1. As a beginner, F1 2022 can be very difficult to navigate. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of tips to help you win and get the most out of your time on the track.

Newbie Guide to F1 Game 2022

F1 2022 is different from other racing games in that it tries to present the player with the most authentic driving experience possible. The game settings are also very easy to customize and can greatly improve your experience if you know what to do. We’ve got nine handy tips to help you go from zero to 60 with lightning speed.

Adjust the difficulty

F1 2022 has a difficulty slider that goes over a hundred. Being overly presumptuous in your approach can lead to you being dragged along at the tail end of the group, which is not the most pleasant experience. You can also underestimate yourself and set the difficulty level so low that you completely crush your opponents. While it can be fun to win once or twice, it can get a little boring if you don’t experience any difficulties.

Fortunately, you can easily choose the difficulty that suits you, and understanding what it is is not that difficult. After practicing in a short qualifying round, you and your teammates will receive timed results. If your time is significantly slower than your teammates, you might want to consider lowering the difficulty. On the contrary, if you are much faster than your teammates, it’s time to increase the difficulty.

Tip: If you want to improve as fast as possible, choose a difficulty where your teammates will be slightly faster than you. It will be difficult enough to improve your skills, but at the same time it will not frustrate you. It will take some trial and error to find the best option, and there is no single number that can be recommended – for everyone it is different.

Setting up driving assistants

Driver assistance system settings can play a big role in how well a car feels and is responsible for a large part of the overall driving experience. If you’re a beginner, you won’t have to think too much about how to change the settings for yourself, but there are a few good rules to follow.

  • Steering Assistant – Off: You want full steering control;
  • Brake Assist – Off: You also want full control of braking;
  • Anti-Lock Braking System – On: Leave this setting enabled, but you may want to change it in the future;
  • Traction Control – Full: Leave this as well, but you may want to review it as it gets better;
  • Dynamic Race Line – Turns Only: Turn this feature off when exploring the tracks;
  • Gearbox – Automatic: Players with a controller should leave this setting, but if you have a controller with a steering wheel, it’s best to switch it to manual;
  • Pit Stop Assistant – Completely up to preference: If you want to focus exclusively on racing, leave this setting enabled;
  • ERS Help – On: If you’re a beginner, it’s best to leave this option enabled for now;
  • DRS Assistance – Off: The game provides you with a variety of visual and audio indicators for when to use this feature.

These are all the settings you should pay attention to. While there are other options, they are purely based on your preferences and won’t have much of an impact on you.


In many racing games, a tactical strike against a barrier or a slingshot against a nearby opponent can give you the boost you need. The only thing that can be achieved in F1 2022 is nasty car damage. In fact, this can completely destroy your chances of winning or lead to the need for an early pit stop. It’s almost always worth keeping risky maneuvers to a minimum, as even minor damage can hinder your performance.

On-screen display

In F1 2022, the screen can be a bit cluttered. While information can be helpful, it is often not necessary to know absolutely everything that goes on in a race. The on-screen display settings can be changed according to your preference. If there’s something on the screen that doesn’t give you useful information, or you’re looking at something and thinking, “Why is this even here?”, there will be an option in the settings to turn it off. Thus, you can customize the screen for yourself.

Career settings

Career settings – both for the team and for the rider – can also complement your experience. You can use these settings to customize the game the way you want or make it more exciting.

  • Rider Movement: Allows riders to change teams from year to year – this adds an element of unpredictability from season to season. However, if you want to keep the same team members, it’s best to disable this option;
  • R&D: enable this option to make your car improve over time;
  • Resource Settings: There are various resource settings that you can change depending on your goals. If you’re playing a very long game, then it’s a good idea to set all of these settings to “reduced”. If you’re only playing one season or two, then it’s best to set them to “high”;
  • Faults: If you want maximum realism, you can set Faults to low (if you’re brave enough). This means that your car could get an accidental breakdown that could take you out of the race. Beginners are advised to disable this feature.

Explore the trails

You can use the time trial mode to explore tracks you are unfamiliar with. If you’ve played the previous F1 games, then you might already be familiar with the racing circuits, but if you’re not, it’s a good idea to explore them as best you can.

Just like in real Formula 1, knowing the circuit you are racing on is a huge advantage. Knowing the turns and DSR activation points will maximize your racing potential.

Tip: You can compete with the ghost of the player who has the fastest time on the track than you. This is a great way to improve your skills. Some tracks are harder than others (Japanese track is widely known for being technical for example) so you have to practice a lot if you want to get good results.

Use caution (and the right tires)

Just like in the real world, wet driving can be tricky. These difficulties are exacerbated when you are driving at breakneck speed, and a mistake can cost you the race.

As a general rule, you should drive carefully, not recklessly.
If the track is particularly wet, you may need to use the right tires, but keep in mind that this is all a trade-off and there is no one best option.

Use the rear view mirror

In the heat of the fight, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick look at what’s going on behind you, as this can help determine your strategy. If a lot of vehicles are coming to your position, you will have to act tactically. But if you have a good lead over your opponents, you can focus on yourself and the track.

Talk to your engineer

Your engineer (voiced by McLaren’s Mark Priestley) can offer you useful information. You can also manually call him to give you advice or tell you what’s going on. He may tell you it’s time to pit or give you other useful information.

If you don’t want the engineer to distract you during a difficult section of the race, you can turn it off by selecting “Engineer Quiet”. If you don’t know how to do this, look at the key binding settings in the options menu.

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