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For the first time since 1990 RTL will not be showing any F1 races.
After showing 4 races in each of the last two years, the network will instead focus their sports coverage on soccer and the newly acquired NFL rights.
According to the article below, a new sub-licence agreement with Sky failed because Sky demanded €10 million per race and RTL wanted to show more than 4 races.
Sky is currently under contract to broadcast F1 in Germany until 2027, the contract requires 4 races be shown on Free-TV. Negotiations are reportedly underway with ARD/ZDF and Pro7.
RTL viewership hit a new low with just 2.04 million viewers for this year's Dutch GP. Back in the early 2000s races were watched by up to 15 million(!) people.
 

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The dynamic between the FIA and F1/Liberty grows more untenable each week.

For context - last week a report leaked that the Saudis, through their PIF, made an offering to purchase the sport early last year for at least $20B (Liberty purchased in 2017 for $4.4B ). Obviously no deal was made, but the state still has interest in it should Liberty decide to sell. MBS had something to say about what a potential buyer what should bring to the table as well as questioning the reported offer price, and the series is not happy about it.





 

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Great !!! Thats all we need, LIV F1.
What a weird dynamic Liberty /FIA.
Liberty owns it but FIA sets the rules? I dont understand.
 

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Great !!! Thats all we need, LIV F1.
What a weird dynamic Liberty /FIA.
Liberty owns it but FIA sets the rules? I dont understand.
Think of the FIA as the regulatory/governing side and Liberty as the commercial/promotional side.
 

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Someone went way back to 2000 to dig up something offensive that Ben Sulayem said. This whole thing with Ben Suylem and @FIA and @F1 is about to get dirty.

 

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Red Bull are launching this year’s car in NYC February 3rd, lots of rumors swirling over them announcing their sticker badging partnership with Ford as part of it.
 

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Cadillac is honestly a great fit for what GM is trying to achieve. It sure as hell isn’t your granddaddy’s Cadillac anymore, the strides they’ve made in becoming a true performance brand recently is pretty incredible, and have made a pretty big splash into EVs very recently too. How many people thought Cadillac was a weird fit for racing before gaining motorsports pedigree in sports cars? Probably most. It’s not much of a consideration anymore.
 

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It’s good to see a major American OEM get involved with F1 again. Certainly a bit disappointing they’re not building their own units from the ground up like Audi, at least better than previous strict badging deals Red Bull have had in the past. While RBPT develops the ICE Ford will utilize their EV background on the electric side:

  • Ford will provide expertise in areas including battery cell and electric motor technology as well as power unit control software and analytics

 

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Re-badging RBPT engines for the time being.
The real benefit of the Ford connection, at least for now, is in Ford's expertise with hybrid units.

I also have no doubt Red Bull is now fully capable of building their own IC unit. Setting up their own engine operation is a smart move because they now control their own fate with engines, which will go a long way to avoiding hung with a dog motor again.

You don't have to like Red Bull, but you do have to give it to them for being their own dogs and doing it their way.
 

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I don’t really watch rallying but the M-Sport Pumas look pretty incredible. Hopefully Red Bull and Ford partner to make a livery look like what they have in the WRC.
 
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