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Closed-door sport is forcing innovation and fresh thinking about virtual hospitality. But can it ever hope to replace the real behind-the-ropes experience? Ben Cronin reports.

Singapore’s biggest annual sporting event, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, has become a casualty of the pandemic, but as a regional hub for major sports agencies and with a track record of hosting major events, ‘destination Singapore’ is preparing to welcome back sport with a cost-conscious approach.

Mark Waller, managing director, sales and marketing, McLaren F1, talks about the difficult decision to furlough some staff members during the Covid-19 pandemic and argues the case for an even lower team cost cap in Formula 1.

Digital advertising technology could allow Formula 1 to have up to seven different regional betting sponsors, according to the sport’s global data and betting rights partner Interregional Sports Group.

The likelihood of the Spanish Grand Prix being shown on free-to-air television in the country has increased after a ruling handed down by the Spanish government

Gazprom Media-owned Match TV has renewed its Formula One broadcast rights in Russia, but has lost exclusivity as the premium version of F1TV, the series’ OTT platform, is set for launch in the country i…

The Covid-19 pandemic and the need to operate Formula 1 races behind closed doors have sped up the motorsport’s transition to remote television production according to F1's head of commercial partnerships, Z…

Austrian commercial broadcaster ServusTV has announced a new three-year deal for Formula 1 media rights, and will sublicense half of the races to the country’s public-service broadcaster ORF.

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Sponsorship deal values in Formula E are catching up with Formula One according to Robin Fenwick, founder of specialist motorsport agency Right Formula. Matthew Glendinning reports.

Mark Waller joined McLaren Racing in May from the NFL, becoming the British motorsport team's managing director of sales and marketing. He's relishing his new role, and sees opportunities to drive the business forward in adding consumer-facing sponsors, creating more digital content, and expanding the team's already impressive esports programme.

Formula One is likely to implement virtual advertising more widely in its global broadcast feed following its sponsorship and data rights partnership with ISG. But the sport needs to be careful not to fall foul of broadcast regulations concerning product placement. Ben Cronin reports

Hanoi will host a Grand Prix in 2020 after first expressing interest in 2016

Formula One is working with market research group Populus on biometric studies of the live TV audience during grand prix coverage. Jonathan Dyson reports on how the work is being carried out and how the results are being used.

Formula One’s director of marketing and communications Ellie Norman tells Ben Cronin why the sport’s series of city-based Fan Festivals aim to make it more accessible to audiences and promote it beyond the confines of a Grand Prix weekend.

In a wide-ranging interview with SportBusiness International's Ben Cronin, Sean Bratches, Formula One's managing director of commercial operations, outlines the sport's ambitious plans, from esports to OTT and sponsorship.

Force India's deal with Sport Bible could be a precursor to Formula One establishing a new relationship with social media. Andy Fry finds out more.

Owen Evans speaks exclusively to Bernie Ecclestone about the deals, confrontations and court cases that have marked his career in Formula One

Many names from both inside and outside Formula One have been mentioned in connection with succeeding Bernie Ecclestone, but there is no one person who can do Bernie Ecclestone’s job in the way he can. Formula One insiders believe a team of senior executives will need to be hired when the time comes to replace him. Matt Cutler reports.

Our guest blogger, Richard Gillis, says you shouldn't believe every rumour you read about the sports sector 

Claire Williams, the deputy team principal and commercial director of the Williams F1 team, writes exclusively for SportBusiness International about the changing face of the sport.

Crispin Bolt is Client Services Director at GMR Marketing, having joined the company earlier this year. Previous to GMR, Bolt spent six years as a Senior Partner Manager at the McLaren Formula One team. Here’s his take on the best and worst of sponsorship activation in the sport.

As Bernie Ecclestone's tenure as the head of Formula 1 comes to an end, we revisit a piece from 2014 in which senior stakeholders in Formula One identify the 10 qualities that made him so successful