On this page of the F1 Manager 2022 guide you will learn how to complete practice sessions during Grand Prix. You will learn about their premises and main goals, and whether it is a good idea to simulate these sessions.
- Simulating or manually playing through the practice sessions - what to choose?
- 3 main goals of practice sessions
- Session management and searching for the best configuration
Simulating or manually playing through the practice sessions - what to choose?
Each race weekend consists of 3 practice sessions (there are no qualifying sprint races in the game that change the course of the weekend). You can manually manage or simulate each session, i.e. hand over control to artificial intelligence.
Contrary to appearances, simulating a session is not a bad decision. Most of the time, your team will perform well and meet most of the goals, although this will not necessarily be the maximum of their capabilities. If you don't want to risk it, don't simulate all 3 sessions at once, just one at a time. This will allow you to easily load the previous game or take over control in the next session if the results from the first or second practice session are not satisfactory.
Manual practice is recommended if you want to have control over everything in order to fight for the best qualifying and race preparation.
3 main goals of practice sessions
Playing practice sessions during the GP weekend involves 3 main goals and you will strive to bring each of them as close as possible to 100%. These are:
- Track Acclimatisation - you can increase it by completing as many laps as possible during your practice sessions.
- Car Parts Knowledge - you can increase it by driving laps with new parts installed (in the case of the first Grand Prix of the season, all parts will be new).
- Set-Up Confidence - you can increase it by looking for the optimal setup. It is separate for each driver and for each track.
The results obtained in the aforementioned 3 categories affect the amount of the Performance Bonus for the given race. You can earn a maximum of 15 bonus points. This can lead to the improvement of car control, cornering and/or your reaction. In short, your drivers will be able to handle the race better.
Session management and searching for the best configuration
If you choose manual management of the practice session, you have to start with choosing the tires and the length of the track. In F1 Manager 2022 you can get the best results by choosing long runs in practice, for example, consisting of 15-20 laps. At the same time, try to make the most of the session and spend as much time as possible on the track. This will make it easy to get high scores for track acclimatisation and parts knowledge.
After your driver finishes the ride, you must analyze the current car configuration and listen to the driver's feelings about the settings.
- You have 5 sliders representing the 5 car setup categories. In each of them, you must strive to make the driver satisfied with the setup.
- When making changes, stay within the blue fields on the slider. Change the settings for those items for which the settings are wrong. Unfortunately, changing slider 1 may result in changes for sliders 2 and 3 - you have to look for compromises.
- Try not to change values for those settings for which you've already found a good setup (green vertical line). Otherwise, you may end up with a worse configuration than the previous one.
- After changing the configuration, test it out on the track (you have to wait for it to be implemented before leaving the pit). If the score has improved, look for more things to improve. If the change turns out to be negative, go back to the previous settings (Revert button).
Finding a setup that lines up with the driver perfectly is extremely difficult. Instead, try to ensure the highest value of Set-Up Confidence at the end of practice. If it is less than 50%, consider reloading the previous save and repeating the practice. Otherwise, your drivers may be performing poorly in the race, even with a good machine.