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Dress Up for the Occasion with US-Inspired Free Items and Win at COTA with Daniel Ricciardo’s Special Coaching
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Watch Ricciardo’s Guide to #USGP Here and Take On his Hot Lap Challenge

Redwood City, Calif. – October 18, 2022 – Codemasters™ and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) present a ‘Free Play’ weekend* to celebrate the upcoming FORMULA 1 ARAMCO UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX 2022. Joining in for the occasion, well-loved McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo, jumps in the sim rig and gives players an entertaining “How To” guide to tackle the Circuit of The Americas. A number of US-inspired in-game items will be available for free** and a special price promotion will also run during the weekend for those looking to purchase the game.

From October 20 to October 24***, players worldwide will have the opportunity to play F1® 22 for free across the US race weekend. The game will be available as a free trial across PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (Steam). New players can check out special price promotions offered by platform retailers, with all in-game progress saved from the trial.

To support new and existing players ahead of the race weekend, the studio partnered with Daniel Ricciardo to create a guide with his top tips, tricks and inner secrets on how to get around the Austin circuit the fastest way possible. Told through his personal experience and charismatic personality, Ricciardo digs into technical knowledge, such as braking points, tough turns, passing and DRS zones, and explains what it takes to conquer the track. Afterwards, fans can put their new skills to the test by taking on the Ricciardo Hot Lap Challenge and post their fastest lap of Circuit of the Americas using #RicciardoChallenge and #F122gameSweepstakes from October 20 to 24. A participant will be selected at random on October 28 to win a virtual meet & greet and race-off with Daniel Ricciardo himself.****

“With the Circuit of the Americas just around the corner, we wanted to do something special and allow as many players as possible to experience the new era of Formula 1,” said Paul Jeal, Senior Director F1® Franchise at Codemasters. “During this free weekend trial, anyone can experience the thrill of Formula 1 for a limited time and we couldn’t have asked for a better coach to show us around the circuit than Daniel Ricciardo.”

Free** US-inspired content is also available now via the in-game mail as part of the race weekend celebrations. Until November 7, all players who log in will receive a Stars and Stripes livery, helmet, race suit, and gloves alongside The Griddy podium celebration for all player-created drivers.

For F1® 22 news, visit the Formula 1® game website and follow the social channels on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube

*Limited time free trial. Trial time is subject to change. Free trial runs from 00:00 AM PT on October 20th 2022 through 23:59 PM PT on October 24th 2022. Internet connection, EA account, and acceptance of EA User Agreement ( and Privacy & Cookie Policy ( required to play. Access on certain platforms may require a premium platform account. Additional in-game content may be available for purchase and is available for continued use in the full game; purchased content will not be refunded upon completion of the trial.

**Requires F1® 22 and all game updates to play.
***PlayStation and Steam only. Xbox Free Trial ends on October 23.
****For legal residents of Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada (excluding Quebec), Chile, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, or the United States (including the District of Columbia). Conditions and restrictions apply. Terms and Conditions will be announced here on October 20.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.

In fiscal year 2022, EA posted GAAP net revenue of approximately $7 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex  Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™, Plants vs. Zombies™ and F1®. More information about EA is available at

EA SPORTS, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Apex Legends, The Sims, Titanfall, Plants vs. Zombies, Codemasters, DiRT, GRID and Project CARS are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. John Madden, NFL, FIFA, F1 and Formula 1 are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.

About Codemasters
Codemasters is an award-winning British video game developer with over 30 years of heritage. The company specialises in high-quality racing games including DiRT™, GRID™, Project CARS™, and the BAFTA award-winning official F1® series of videogames.

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Codemasters is an Electronic Arts studio (NASDAQ: EA) 

F1® 22 Game - an official product of the FIA Formula One World Championship. © 2022 Electronic Arts Inc. EA, EA SPORTS, the EA SPORTS logo, Codemasters, EGO and the Codemasters logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc.

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