How to fix the F1 2021 Crash Issue on PC

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F1 2021 was recently released as the newest installment to the F1 game series. It was published by EA, who are renowned for being behind many games such as Apex Legends and the FIFA series. It was met with great reviews by users especially due to how realistic it is; both in terms of graphics and game mechanics (pun intended). This latest addition is available on all modern platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows. This guide will take you to step by step to fix the F1 2021 Crash issue.

Most games that are recently released come with bugs and issues that may bother your playing experience and this mostly happens to PC games due to bad PC ports. F1 2021, while being mostly bug-free, still has technical problems relating to it crashing most of the time; either in-game or on launch. If you are also facing this issue then you can keep reading to fix this.

Guide to fix F1 2021 Crash Issue

Before you attempt any of the solutions mentioned below, you have to make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements for F1 2021. If it does not, there’s no point in attempting any of the solutions, as your PC simply won’t be able to run the game.

Minimum requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1709) | For Ray Tracing: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2130 or AMD FX 4300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 950 or AMD R9 280 | For Ray Tracing: GeForce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 6700 XT
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Maximum requirements

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 1709) | For Ray Tracing: Windows 10 64-bit (Version 2004)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 9600K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti or AMD RX 590 | For Ray Tracing: GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6800
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 80 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Verify F1 2021‘s cache in Steam

You can try verifying F1 2021‘s game cache in Steam as this may find missing or damaged files that need to be repaired, even if you’ve just installed the game.

  • From the Steam Library, right-click on the game and select Properties from the menu.
  • Select the Local files tab and click the Verify integrity of game files… button.
  • This process may take several minutes so please be patient and make sure you do not turn off your device.
screenshot for verifying integrity for f1 2021 crash issuue

Turn off your anti-virus

You should turn off your anti-virus programs. Sometimes, these pesky programs will think of your game as a virus and will cause problems when you try to run them. You can also add the game to your exclusion list of both your firewall and the anti-virus software. We recommend users add all of the following files and folders to the Anti-virus and Firewall exclusion list to prevent this issue:

Game.exe Default Location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\F1 2021
Steam.exe Default Location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

Run the game as Administrator

Some users can get the game running properly by running Steam.exe in administrator mode. This can be done by right-clicking on the .exe file and selecting Run as administrator. In addition to this, try running the game’s .exe file in administrator mode as well.

Update Your GPU Drivers

Usually, when a new game comes out, both NVIDIA and AMD release new drivers specifically optimized for that game. Since F1 2021 is a new release, you should update your GPU drivers to make sure your game runs smoothly on your system.

There might not be a new driver update but it could be that you are running on old graphics drivers so you should update them in that case too. You can download the most up-to-date drivers from your GPU manufacturer’s website; AMD or NVIDIA. To do a clean install of GPU drivers, you can use Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) which completely removes components that were part of the original driver installation package. Then you can install your new Graphics Card drivers. Reboot Windows and try launching the game again.

F1 2021 crash issue fixed

After following all of these fixes, we hope that you are able to play the game without it crashing in between or at launch. Let us know in the comments below if this guide helped you to fix your problem. You can check out our other guides here:

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