F1 22 track updates for Spain, Australia & Abu Dhabi illustrated

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Codemasters has dropped a new hot lap trailer for F1 22, showcasing the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with an on-board starring Fernando Alonso in the game. They’ve also highlighted how F1 22 features several circuit updates, intended to capture the modifications that have been made to three of the circuits on the F1 calendar.

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There’s an element of catch up to these changes. The Barcelona and Abu Dhabi circuits were both modified for the 2021 season, but both were rather last minute modifications for Codemasters to accommodate, especially as they had to cater to the highly changeable calendar with post-release track additions.

Here’s what’s new and how Codies have captured the real circuits with some helpful video illustrations.

Spain

  • Turn 10 sees a new layout matching those introduced in real life for the postponed 2021 race. Turns 10-14 have updated offtrack areas, alongside several sausage kerbs around the circuit

Australia

  • The Albert Park Circuit has been remodelled using LIDAR data, boasting more detailed height and camber. Outfield areas see walls repositioned, and kerbs replaced with new photogrammetry versions. There are multiple changes to the circuit with a new layout to turns 1, 3, 6, 8/9 (replacing the chicane), 11, 12, and 13

Abu Dhabi

  • Yas Marina’s turn 5, where Verstappen overtook Hamilton to secure the 2021 Formula One World Championship, has changed with the chicane removed before the hairpin. The hairpin has also come forward adding more runoff. The turn 9 chicane and 90-degree turns are now a single cambered turn, replacing turns 11-14. Lastly, turns 13-15 have been rounded off around the hotel to allow cars to follow more closely.

Helpfully, the press release suggests that “For more information, visit: Spain, Australia, and Abu Dhabi.” Those links aren’t for each country’s tourist board, but actually to the Formula 1 site which details the real world track changes.

We went hands on with F1 22 around the Miami GP weekend, checking out the feature-packed update to the long-running motorsports series. In our F1 22 preview, I said, “Codemasters is looking to check a lot of boxes with F1 22, beyond simply throwing the new era of cars into the mix and fiddling with the physics and handling. Sprint races, pit entry timing, formation laps will all help to capture more of the fine margins that teams and drivers have to deal with to succeed, and it’s going to be interesting to see how the career and F1 Life expands around that core racing.”

F1 22 is out for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One and PC on 1st July.

Source: press release

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