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In the context of the current sports marketing landscape, the Formula 1 emerges as an invaluable platform, not only because of its vast global following but also because of the unique marketing opportunities it offers.

For companies aiming to explore this territory, it becomes crucial to fully understand the role, costs, and benefits of being supported by an’ agency that specializes in sponsorship in F1.

This blog aims to explore these key issues, providing a clear guide for businesses trying to navigate the world of Formula 1 sponsorship.

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The Role of the Marketing Agency in F1

A marketing agency specializing in F1 acts as a bridge between Formula 1 companies and teams, the championship organizer, and sometimes the circuits where events are held.

Initially, its main role is to identify and negotiate sponsorship opportunities that align client brands with Formula 1’s values, vision, and audience.

This is not just limited to brand visibility on cars and race suits, but extends to exclusive experiences, VIP hospitality, driver access, and unique engagement opportunities that only the sport can offer.

Costs of Sponsorships in F1

The  costs of sponsorship in Formula 1 can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the team chosen, the level of exposure desired, and the length of the sponsorship agreement.

Investments to be relevant start from figures in the million-dollar range to over $70 million for the most exclusive and high-profile partnerships.

Although these numbers may seem high, it is crucial to evaluate them in the context of the return on investment (ROI) that Formula 1 can generate.

We cite two successful examples to demonstrate how innovative strategies and partnerships in F1 can not only justify the initial investment but also amplify the return exponentially.

Red Bull Racing and the partnership between Scuderia Ferrari and Philip Morris International are testaments to the power of well-planned sponsorship to transform the brand and create an emotional connection with consumers.

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Benefits of Sponsorship in F1

To associate with Formula 1 is to share values of excellence and innovation. The benefits go far beyond simply displaying the logo. These include:

Global Visibility

Formula 1 attracts hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide, providing an unparalleled platform for visibility.

Audience Engagement

F1 fans are known for their loyalty and passion, offering brands theopportunity to engage a highly targeted audience.

Brand association

Being associated with F1, synonymous with excellence, innovation and performance, can significantly improve brand perception internationally

B2B Networking

F1 events serve as a hub for the global corporate elite, offering unparalleled networking opportunities that open doors to valuable business relationships.

Who pays the Agency Cost

Although there is no fixed rule, the cost of employing a marketing agency specializing in F1 generally falls into two main categories: sponsorship fees and service fees.
In larger partnerships, a third item is added, that of the consulting fee , which occurs when a company commissions an agency to provide a report to study an industry before beginning work to explore various present or future possibilities.

Commissions on Sponsorship

Commissions are percentages calculated on the total value of the sponsorship agreement. The fee is negotiated between the agency and the sports property and can vary depending on the size of the agreement, the level of service required, and the complexity of the negotiations. The fee is intended to cover the agency’s work in identifying, negotiating, and managing sponsorship opportunities and is awarded by the Team to the agency.

Service Fee

If thesponsoring company does not have an internal structure experienced in managing and implementing a sponsorship program, it can get support from an agency. The agency may be the same one that worked with the company to conclude the sponsorship agreement or another one experienced in the field and able to follow up.

For this service, agencies can be remunerated by the company by applying:

  1. A fixed service fee for consulting and management of marketing campaigns, regardless of the size of the sponsorship agreement
  2. A percentage of the value of the agreement.

This approach is often used for specific services, such as marketing strategy development, advertising content creation, hospitality field management or the organization of exclusive sponsorship-related events.

Who pays the cost of the agency?

As mentioned The costs associated with employing a marketing agency in Formula 1 are incurred by the customer, that is, the company seeking to sponsor an F1 team or event for the implementation part or from the sports property which recognizes a commercial introduction fee in the event of closing the sponsorship agreement.

The exact nature of the costs and who incurs them can vary depending on the specific agreement between agency and client, or between team and agency, with some agencies offering tailored packages based on the client’s marketing goals and budget.


Sponsorship investment in Formula 1, while substantial, offers a potential return that few other marketing platforms can match. A marketing agency specializing in F1, with its experience and industry knowledge, can guide companies through this process, maximizing ROI and ensuring that brands not only meet, but exceed their marketing goals.

In conclusion, whether it is a commission on sponsorship or a service fee, the cost of agency is a key investment for companies wishing to make the most of the opportunities offered by Formula 1.

The benefits are many, from completely eliminating the learning curve and related mistakes typical when starting a new business to taking advantage of all sponsorship-related opportunities.
From defining the marketing rights necessary-and listed in the sponsorship contract-to achieve the goals set to setting the correct price of the partnership.
The key is to choose an agency with an excellent understanding of the F1 world and a proven track record in helping clients meet and exceed their marketing goals.
Fundamental then is to turn to agencies that are not tied exclusively to one team, agencies therefore in a conflict of interest and in a position to force the sale toward the one team they work for even when it does not represent the best solution for the client.

Agencies are also an important resource for teams; in fact, they represent a no-cost opportunity.
Agencies receive a commission only and only when The teams are paid, not burdening with fixed costs the teams that must meet a budget (budget cap) that for 2024 is US$135 million and cannot be exceeded.

For a more detailed and customized view of how an F1 marketing agency can specifically serve your brand’s needs, consider a consultation with experts in the field. Remember: in Formula 1, as in business, speed and precision make all the difference.

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Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Managing Director for RTR Sports, Riccardo graduated in law at the University of Bologna. He began his career in London in PR, then started working in two and four-wheelers. A brief move to Monaco followed before returning to Italy. There he founded RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company which, eventually, he moved back to London.
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