That didn’t take long. Just 24 hours since Max Verstappen took the chequered flag first amidst friction between the reigning champion and engineer Gianpiero Lambiase, F1 Manager 2023 has added the Race Replay to the newly released title.
In fact so newly launched, the update arrive on the title’s formal release day for the standard edition.
The scenario sees you recreate Sunday’s race, with the grid set in the accurate order – Charles Leclerc leading away Sergio Perez, with Verstappen in sixth.
Here, you simply select any team on the grid and try to beat their result from the race. In our example, we selected Williams, who despite having more straight-line speed than a Hawk T1 plane, slipped down the order by the end.
Piastri was also taken out of the action on the opening lap, but sadly for us, Albon followed suit a few laps later. Damn.
Of note, Race Replay will have two events to play for each grand prix this season. One is a ‘starting grid’, which is the one currently available for Spa-Francorchamps where you recreate the whole race, while a second is ‘race moment’ where you dive into a specific part of the race and try to change history.
The race moment for the Hungarian Grand Prix is already included and places you with the task of moving Perez up from fourth to second later in the race.
So, for the race weekend just gone, the starting grid challenge is available now, whereas the race moment is due at a later date.
This sets the template for the rest of the season, with the starting grid hopefully available the very next day in the game, an impressive turnaround, while there’s a little longer to wait for the race moment, somewhat understandable.
Every remaining grand prix will receive both types of race replay in 2023.