F1's revenue increases modestly in second financial quarter vs 2018

Adam Cooper
Modest revenue increase for F1 in second quarter

The Formula One Group recorded a modest revenue increase in this year's second financial quarter compared to 2018, despite one of its more lucrative races falling earlier in the year.

Within the overall results for the Liberty Media Group announced on Thursday, F1's revenues rose from $585million to $620m for the April to June period, while operating income rose from $14m to $26m.

The 10 teams enjoyed an increase in their combined payments from $307m to $335m compared with the same period last year, a number that is linked directly to the overall revenue increase.

Revenues increased despite the Bahrain Grand Prix, which pays one of the biggest hosting fees of the season, having taken place in the first quarter this year.

Seven grands prix were held in the second quarter in 2018 and '19, but this year Bahrain was replaced in the list by the less lucrative Austrian event, which just squeezed into the period as it took place on June 30th.

Modest revenue increase for F1 in second quarter

That change also hit F1's Paddock Club revenue, as Bahrain generates more VIP interest than Austria.

Explaining the overall change in revenues, Liberty said: "Race promotion revenue decreased due to the differing fees associated with specific races held in the second quarter of 2019 compared to '18, partially offset by rate increases in the underlying contracts.

"Broadcast revenue increased primarily due to contractual rate increases. Advertising and sponsorship revenue increased due to revenue from new sponsorship agreements entered into beginning in the second half of 2018.

"Other F1 revenue decreased in the second quarter primarily due to the mix of races, which resulted in lower TV production and Paddock Club revenue."

CEO Chase Carey insisted F1 will hit its financial targets for this year.

"F1 heads into our summer break on the heels of some unforgettable races," said Carey.

"We're excited by the growing competitiveness of Red Bull and Ferrari the return of Honda as a winning engine supplier.

"We were thrilled to announce that season two of the Netflix Series 'Formula 1: Drive to Survive' will air in 2020 and will feature all ten teams.

"We are pleased with our growth in revenue and profitability and [are] on target to hit our goals for 2019."

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