As Formula 1 prepares for this weekend’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, the circuit’s teams continue to see increased investment from new financial backers.
Aston Martin F1 has a new valuation of more than $1 billion after an undisclosed investment from Arctos Sports Partners, according to the Financial Times. It represents the first outside investment for Aston Martin, which until now has been 100% owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.
Saudi Aramco, Aston Martin’s biggest sponsor, has the rights to buy 10% of the team in the future if it chooses to do so.
The Aston Martin news comes not long after Alpine F1 received a $210 million cash infusion from Otro Capital and RedBird Capital Partners that included Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, and Michael B. Jordan, as well as superstar athletes Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Rory McIlroy, and Anthony Joshua. The investment for a 24% team stake, initially announced in June, valued Alpine at about $900 million.
Meanwhile, last month it was revealed that Rob Walton — the billionaire Walmart heir who is also one of the owners of the Denver Broncos — had been an investor in McLaren F1 since 2020, when the team sold a minority stake to U.S. investment group MSP Sports Capital at a valuation of nearly $600 million.
Earlier this year, Forbes estimated Ferrari to be the most valuable F1 team at $3.9 billion, followed by Mercedes ($3.8 billion) and Red Bull ($2.6 billion).
Editor’s note: RedBird IMI is an investor in Front Office Sports.