On the surface, Formula 1's global revenues are on an upward trajectory: the recent Liberty Media deal placed an enterprise value of $8 billion (£6.15bn) on the sport via 2015 annual revenues of around $1.8bn/£1.39bn. Of that, 10 teams shared approximately half (though it wasn't divided equally); their collective slice amounts to $883million/£680m, paid in 10 monthly instalments during 2016.
The Liberty transaction should result in the US-based, NASDAQ-listed entity with interests in sport, events and media acquiring control of F1's commercial rights after completing the second phase of a stock-purchase agreement by mid-2017. But the bullishness surrounding the deal deftly camouflages real concerns about F1's sustainability unless it moves away from a creaking business model still rooted in the 1980s.
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OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era
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