F1 2021 update addresses online issues

Ross McGregor

EA Codemasters has just released Patch 1.16 for their massively popular F1 game F1 2021 today, across PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

With preparations for the real-life 2022 F1 season ramping up, we assumed updates for the title would slow down somewhat. However, last month v1.15 of F1 2021 was released, introducing a couple of new features including the ability to race as your own team in Grand Prix mode.

The new update addresses some niggly bugs in the game, with the online experience improved. A bug where session timers reset when a player dropped off the server and re-joined has been fixed, while offline game crash issues have been mitigated.

For those looking for a bit more action in the Two-Player Career mode, Ghosting can now be disabled. Rather unusually, collisions while under Safety Car conditions will be punished more fairly – no longer will the AI get away with dastardly driving.

A few other quality of life fixes have been addressed too, with the full changelog featured below, making the F1 2021 a more stable experience.

Releasing in July 2021 for PC, Xbox and PlayStation, F1 2021 has had an extremely successful tenure, with sales being above expectations according to EA’s latest earnings call, and the F1 Esports Series enjoying a record-breaking year.

F1 2022 will look to build on this success, and EA Codemasters will be hoping for another blockbuster season of F1 to stimulate growth when the game releases as expected this summer.



  • Addressed an issue where re-joining a qualifying session would result in the session timer being reset for that user.
  • Addressed an issue where host and client could struggle to get into the same league event if they previously declined to proceed to the next session.


  • Ghosting can now be disabled in Two-Player Career.
  • Penalties given for collisions under the Safety Car will be more fairly distributed.
  • Resolved a crash when attempting to back out from the Official F1® 2021 Championship and attempting to re-enter on consoles.
  • Resolved a crash when selecting a salary with your current team having cancelled negotiations with them previously.
  • Previous simulation settings in Grand Prix will now be remembered when starting a new Grand Prix event.
  • General stability improvements.
  • Various minor fixes.

Pictures courtesy of EA Codemasters

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