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A Glance at F1’s Most Impactful Sponsorship Deals: Red Bull, Ferrari & McLaren

This article is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.

Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsports, has always attracted entities seeking association with excellence, technological brilliance, and innovation.

The allure of its global reach and exclusivity makes involvement in F1 an enticing proposition for organizations seeking visibility and brand exposure.

Several monumental sponsorship deals have been struck throughout history, cementing lasting partnerships between top teams and prominent brands. In this article, we delve into three of the biggest sponsorship deals in F1 history, highlighting their significance and impact on the sport.

Red Bull and Oracle – A Surprise Game-Changer

In an era where massive title sponsorship deals were becoming scarce, Red Bull’s
unexpected 5-year-long, $100 million-a-year partnership with Oracle shook the F1 world.

The agreement stood out not only due to its substantial size but also for its ability to significantly fund a large portion of Red Bull’s annual budget. This was no small feat, given the budget cap limiting teams to a mere $140 million yearly expenditure.

The partnership with Oracle went beyond traditional sponsorship, as the technology giant also joined forces with Red Bull’s data engineering excellence unit. This collaboration was a testament to the increasing importance of data and technology in the world of

As other teams struggled to secure sponsors in the changing landscape, this
deal acted as a much-needed financial boost for the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

Marlboro-Ferrari – A Timeless Legacy

One of the most enduring partnerships in F1 history is the association between Ferrari and Marlboro. Even before 1997, Marlboro had been a valuable partner for Ferrari, although not in the capacity of a title sponsor.

However, in 1997, the relationship took a significant turn as Marlboro became Ferrari’s official title sponsor, cementing a partnership that would stand the test of time. The tobacco-based company’s branding was a prominent presence on the grid, not just with Ferrari but also with McLaren.

Despite the tobacco branding ban in 2006, the association remained robust, with the recent Mission Winnow initiative continuing to showcase Marlboro’s commitment to the Scuderia.

McLaren and a Legacy of Excellence

McLaren’s dominance in F1 history owes much to its legendary red and white livery, which has become synonymous with cars that are simply unbeatable. This iconic livery was a legacy of McLaren’s 23-year-long partnership with Marlboro, dating back to 1974 when the tobacco company was not as prominent as it later became.

As a title sponsor, Marlboro played a pivotal role in McLaren’s rise to grid dominance and numerous title triumphs. Over the years, the McLaren team has diversified its sponsorship portfolio, attracting a wide range of quality brands, including Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, PartyCasino, and FX Pro.

The team’s ability to secure partnerships with such esteemed organisations speaks to its enduring appeal and market presence.


Formula 1’s history is intertwined with iconic sponsorship deals that have shaped the sport’s landscape and contributed to its global popularity.

The Red Bull-Oracle partnership’s surprise size and tech-oriented collaboration, the enduring Marlboro-Ferrari association with its adaptation to changing regulations, and McLaren’s legacy of excellence with a diverse range of quality sponsors exemplify the significance of sponsorship in F1.

As the sport continues to evolve, these sponsorship deals stand as testaments to the enduring allure of Formula 1 and the valuable exposure it provides to brands across the world.

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