As a big fan of F1 games and F1 in general, having problems with the game that make it impossible to play are incredibly annoying, I know. Randomly crashing, hitting you with endless loading screens, maybe it won’t even launch? These issues are well known for every game that has ever come out. In this article, we will try to help you easily figure out what the problem might be and how to fix it. If we’re lucky, this will be fixed in a couple of seconds.
How To Fix Crashing, Fatal Errors, Black Screen and Launch Problems in F1 2021
Most people stumble into the problem of not being able to launch a game because they are missing the necessary components to actually play the game.
So, to see if this might be your problem, here are the MINIMUM requirements if you even want to be able to start the game:
- CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 / AMD FX 4300
- RAM: 8 GB
- OS: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1709)
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 950 / AMD R9 280
Are we good here? Great. Let’s find the real issue now.
Verify Integrity Of Game Files
There are big chances that some of your files might be corrupted. I know! It sounds horrible. Here is how you fix this if you have the game on Steam:
- Launch Steam and go to your Library
- Right-click on F1 2021 and select “Properties”
- Click the “LOCAL FILES” option on the left side, then click “Verify integrity of game files…”
This make take some time, as the game is pretty big. Once the game is verified, start the game and see if you bump into anymore problems. If you did happen to, go on to the next solution.
Out-of-date GPU Drivers and Operating System
A very common problem that causes gives headaches to our dedicated gamers is an out-of-date operating system and GPU drivers. This happens all the time, unfortunately.
To check if you’re up to date, go to your Windows Update settings and see whether your OS is not lagging an update or two.
For the big GPU, search “Device Manager” in your Start menu searcher. Click on it, go to display adapters, right-click your GPU, and press “update driver”.
Administrator & Fullscreen Optimizations
A common problem some games have is not running it as administrator or optimizing the game for fullscreen. A lot of games work better on windowed borderless anyway.
Here is another method to try fixing crashing, fatal errors, and black screens in F1 2021:
- Right-click F1:2021.
- Go to “Properties” and then to the “Compatibility” tab.
- Select the “Run this program as an administrator” option and then “Disable Fullscreen Optimizations”.
- Click “Apply” and then “OK”.
Did it work? No? Huh, well, onto the next one!
Allow Controlled Folder Access To The Game
Sometimes, games have to access protected folders that Windows just doesn’t like to be touched. So, this can cause little problems for the game.
Here is how you offer it access:
- Select the Windows key
- Go into “Settings”, then “Update & Security”, “Windows Security” and, finally, “Virus & threat protection”
- In here, click the “Manage settings” option
- Where it says “Controlled folder access”, click on “Manage Controlled folder access”
- Turn the “Controlled folder access” from “On” to “Off”
And, Ta Da! You did it! It works now, right? No…?
Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling & Power Plan
There are some computers that get confused when your processor has an integrated graphics card. Then, the game will most probably tell you that you can’t handle it.
Here’s how to fix that:
- Get into your start menu searcher and type in “Graphics Settings”
- Make sure that Hardware Accelerated GPU Scheduling is turned on
- Click “Browse” and find the F1:2021 executable file
Here, just choose a GPU performance based option that can help your weak processor get out of the torture you have made it endure.
Update DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributables
To ensure compatibility with some games, you need to update or reinstall your Microsoft C++ redistributables.
Here’s how you do that:
- Press the Windows key + “I” to open the settings menu. In this window, click “Update & Security”.
- Press “Check for updates” in the Windows Updates tab.
Either Windows will fix the problem for you and, congratulations, you did it. If not, you can go to the official Microsoft download page, and it will give you what you need to install.
Just restart to see if it works. If not, then here’s your last option.
Reinstall The Game
There’s not much to say here. Uninstall the game and then reinstall it. If all these methods didn’t work, then this is the last resort. Try contacting Steam support as well, if possible.