F1 Manager has been a very popular gaming title over the years, here we take a look back at the original title ahead of the 2022 release.
It’s easy to nerd out about F1. The sport is incredibly technical and success is only achieved when you find the right balance of engine power, aerodynamic performance, bulletproof reliability, and human agility. With so many elements at play at each race, there are huge streams of data and statistics for diehard fans to get lost in as they look for small insights that could hint at what might happen next. Some fans go further by placing bets on the outcomes of Grands Prix, even with some of the promotions that bookies like Paddy Power offer to new customers to increase the value they get.
In a sport that’s so easy to spend hours conducting analysis on and making predictions about, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that fans would want a game where they can test their skills as a team boss.
A lot of hype as been created around the upcoming release of F1 manager 2022 which is due to it stores at the end of August. It’s a game that will let petrol heads step into the shoes of Toto Wolf, Christian Horner, or Guenther Steiner and manage one of the 10 teams on the grid.
It will offer players the chance to control everything that goes on both on the track and away from it, managing team personnel, development strategy, and sponsorship acquisition.
But F1 Manager 2022 is not the first game of its kind. In fact, the first (and, so far, only other) officially-licensed Formula 1 management game was released in October 2000. Of course, a lot has happened between then and now, both in the sport and in the world of video games. So while we wait for Frontier Developments to finish their work on the new game, let’s rewind the clock and see look back at the original F1 Manager.
F1 Manager – Putting You in Charge of a 1999 Championship Campaign
Oddly for a game that was released near the end of the 2000 season, F1 Manager begins at the start of the 1999 Formula 1 World Championship though you can simulate a total of ten seasons if you have the patience to play for that long.
You step into the role of Team Principal, taking the place of the likes of Jean Todt, Eddie Jordan, or Ron Dennis and are tasked with signing drivers and key management staff. You’re ultimately responsible for the sporting and financial success of your team and must oversee the development of new car parts to gain performance on the track and sign new sponsorship deals to bring in more venue.
In addition to managing the race weekends, you can also choose to attend test sessions where the team can try out newly-develop components to gain some performance.
Good For Its Time
F1 Manager was released at a time before Windows XP, when the average computer had its memory measured in tens of megabytes, and monitors were giant square boxes that took up an entire desk.
Despite that, the game offered decent graphics and a lot of features for its time. In fact, with a new lick of paint and a few tweaks here and there, it could easily feel like a modern release.
As games went at the time, F1 Manager did a very good job of simulating what it would be like to be in charge of a team in the sport at the time, and it is clear a lot of time was taken to consider all the different duties an F1 boss would have in the 2000s.