Frontier’s second F1 Manager game, F1 Manager 2023, has been announced.
Following last year’s title, F1 Manager 2023 will bring in additional new features to improve the management sim game that allows you to take control of any of the 10 teams competing in the 2023 FIA Formula One Championship.
In F1 Manager 2023, you can now recruit a Sporting Director, which brings in the ability to manage the pit crew’s training in pursuit of sub-3 second pitstop times.
Like the current struggles of the new formula of Formula 1 cars introduced last year, F1 Manager 2023 will also have you make weight considerations where you must balance between car performance and reliability, all while working under a cost cap- a hard budget cap that must not be infringed.
As in the previous game, you can also scout talents from the lower F2 and F3 championships, with results simulated as you play through the in-game year.
During the race weekends, there’s now a driver confidence system that will affect how a driver can pull off bold overtakes.
F1 Manager 2023 will feature 23 races and six F1 Sprint events. That’s an interesting number given the initial calendar of 2023 would have seen a record-breaking 24 races, but the Chinese Grand Prix was cancelled before the season starts, and more recently, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was called off due to floods. So Imola might still make an appearance in this game, alongside the new circuits in Qatar and Las Vegas, USA.
Also, new to this year is the Race Replay mode, which “will allow aspiring Team Principals to rewrite key moments from throughout the 23-race season”.
Also, it’s interesting to see the key art of F1 Manager 2023 is taking cues from other sports games. Instead of a faceless manager figure that’s supposed to represent the player (a recurring trope in games with “Manager in the title”), this year we see the face of Team Principals that you get to replace: Mercedes-AMG’s Toto Wolff, Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner, and the everyone’s favourite Guenther Steiner of Haas.
F1 Manager 2023 will be out later this summer (Q3, late June at the earliest) on the PS4, PS5, PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.