With the onset of the new title the F1 2020, users are experiencing a range of errors that’s nether uncommon with the F1 titles nor with other titles released in the recent past. The errors users are experiencing are F1 2020 game crash, F1 2020 crashes mid-game, and F1 2020 DirectX 12 crash. The cause of all the errors are same or similar and can range from Overlay in software, an instable DirectX 12, old operating system, your system not complying with the minimum requirements, or corrupted game files.
Beside the other cause, under some cases, we have observed the F1 2020 crash can also arise when the user has not provided the game admin privilege, when the Firewall or the third-party antivirus is blocking some functions of the game, and the hard drive has bad sectors. To effectively resolve F1 2020 from crashing at startup or mid-game, you should address the above issues.
I suggest you try the fixes we suggest one at a time and between each fix, try to run the game and check if the error occurs. If it does, return to the guide and try the next fix. For this, you can bookmark this page. Let’s proceed with the first fix.
Fix 1: Disable Steam Overlay
The first fix you must try is to disable the Steam Overlay. It has been noted that the Steam Overlay does not pair well with the game. You can disable the Steam overlay with global settings for all games or just for F1 2020. Here are the steps to disable Overlay for the game.
- Launch Steam client
- Click on Library and right-click on F1 2020
- Select Properties and uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game.
Close Steam and check if the F1 2020 in-game crash or crash at startup still occurs.
Fix 2: Disable MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner causes issues with the game and it has also for the last installment the F1 2019. Therefore, you must close the MSI Afterburner from the Task Manager. If you cannot do without the software, consider playing the game on DirectX 11.
Fix 3: Update the Graphics Driver or Roll Back
If you have not updated the graphics driver for a while, visit the official website of the graphics card manufacture and download the latest update copy. Do not update using the GeForce Experience, uninstall the current driver, download a new copy, and install. Now, check if the error still occurs.
If you have already updated the drier and the F1 2020 crash started after the update, you can roll-back the driver to the previous version. Here are the steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager
- Expand Display adapters, and right-click on the dedicated graphics card and select Properties
- Go to the Driver tab
- Click on Roll Back Driver
Fix 4: Play F1 2020 on DirectX 11
If the F1 2020 Game Crashes at Startup, Crashes Mid-game, and DirectX 12 Crash is not fixed using the above fixes, you can try and run the game on DirectX 11. Here is how you can force the game to start with DirectX 11.
- Lunch Steam > Library > F1 2020
- Right-click on F1 2020 and select Properties
- Click on Set launch Options and type -force-d3d11
- Click Ok to save changes.
Fix 5: Disable Shader Cache
For Nvidia users, you can disable the Shader Cache which is known to crash F1 2020. Here are the steps to disable Shader Cache from the Nvidia Control panel.
- Right-click on Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel
- Expand 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings > Program Settings
- Click Add and select F1 2020
- Under Specify the settings for this program, locate Shader Cache and select Off.
Check if the F1 2020 Game Crashes at Startup, Crashes Mid-game, and DirectX 12 Crash errors still occur. If they do, try the next fix.
If you are experiencing F1 2020 stuttering problem or performance issues, you can refer our other post. The post also details on the optimum settings for the game.
Fix 6: Verify Integrity of Game Files
If the game itself is corrupted that could also lead to crash at startup or mid-game crash with F1 2020. Here are the steps to check and repair corrupt files on Steam.
- Launch the Steam client
- From the LIBRARY, right-click on F1 2020 and select Properties
- Go to LOCAL FILES and click on VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME FILES…
Fix 7: Remove Bad Sectors from the HHD
If you have bad sectors on your HDD, it could also be causing the crash. Although you could correct the corruption in the file system via CHKDSK on Command Prompt, here is a simple alternative.
- Right-click on C drive or the partition where you have installed the game and the launcher.
- Select Properties and go to Tools
- Click on Check and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. Try playing the game.
- After the process completes, the window will auto-exit.
Now, try playing the game and check if F1 2020 crashing error still occurs.
The above steps should resolve the crashing problem under most circumstances. If they do not, try addressing other causes we highlighted at the start of the post. If you have a more effective solution let us know in the comments.