Formula 1 is the highest level of sports car racing organized by the International Automobile Federation, and also the most expensive sport on the planet. Expenses for research and production of each F1 racing team is hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
March every year, the new Formula 1 season officially kicks back. Here are top 10 F1 teams have the most expensive estimated value, based on data on income, budget, financing contracts and investments of every team.
10. Marussia Manor: $ 90 million
Ranked No. 10 on the list are the racing team from UK, Marussia Manor with an estimated value of $ 90 million. The team went through miserable 2014 season, not enough funding to participate last 3 races, even to declare bankruptcy. Fortunately, the team finally found a new sponsor, and continue to “survive” under the name of Manor F1 Team to continue to participate in Formula 1 season 2015 with budget announced only $ 60 million.
9. Toro Rosso: $ 150 million
Scuderia Toro Rosso is one of two F1 racing team owned by the “giants” of the Austrian beverage industry, Red Bull. The first time these team participate officially is in the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2006. Since then, Toro Rosso had only one racers to finished first in a race, Sebastian Vettel in Italian GP in 2008.
8. Sauber: $ 155 million
The only Formula 1 racing team from Switzerland is Sauber, is worth $ 155 million. First team debut in the Grand Prix in South Africa in 1993. Since then, two times Sauber had best achievements are finished second and third in 2007 and 2008, with a quite good duo Nick Heidfeld – Robert Kubica.
7. Force India: $160 million
India racing team was established in 2008, now carries an estimated value of $ 160 million. 2014 season was extremely successful with Force India, although only ranked No. 6 on par with 2013, but the number reached more than doubled (155 versus 77). This is a very impressive result knowing that the entire budget for this race team … only $ 100 million. 2015, Force India launch their new car VJM08, continue to use Mercedes engines PU106B. Thanks to the good performance last year, in addition to the traditional partners such as United Spirits, Kingfisher, Royal Challenge, Smirnoff and NEC, this season the team welcomed a new sponsor Jose Cuervo – famous brand of Mexican tequila and Telcel, Claro and America Movil.
6. Lotus: $ 245 million
First official appearance at the Australian Grand Prix in 2012, Lotus F1 Team is a very young team worth $ 245 million. In the first 2 seasons 2012 and 2013, with the presence of former racer F1 champion Kimi Räikkönen, this England team ranked fourth overall. But the season in 2014, although had 225 million dollars budget, Lotus was disappointed when only got 10 points over 19 races, ranks eighth out of 11 teams.
5. Williams: $ 380 million
F1 teams from Great Britain whose full name is Williams Martini Racing, with an estimated value of $ 380 million. The team was founded in 1977, won the team championship 9 times and 7 times won the title of the most talented individuals. In the past, there are many outstanding individual wheel racing for Williams as: Damon Hill, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna or Jacques Villeneuve.
4. Mercedes: $ 560 million
Mercedes-Benz’s Formula 1 racing team is Mercedes AMG Petronas, is valued at $ 560 million. 2014 F1 season witnessed the complete domination of the German team: they won the team championship with 108 million dollars of bonuses and reach the first 2 positions personal tally. 2 wheel Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have technical qualifications and outstanding stability, together won 11 dual 1-2 victory in 2014.
3. Red Bull: $ 640 million
Red Bull Racing, estimated to be worth $ 640 million is one of two Formula 1 racing team owned by the “giants” in the Austrian beverage Red Bull . Earlier this decade, Red Bull Racing’s team dominated villages Formula 1 championship title with four teammates and 4 individual championship consecutively from 2010 to 2013 of the outstanding racer Sebastian Vettel.
2015 new season, with Vettel switched to Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo – who ranked No. 3 in 2014 season, automatically becomes the key drivers of the Red Bull. RBR11 is the team car was equiped with Renault engine.
2. McLaren: $ 810 million
Came in second on this list is the famous teams of England – McLaren, worth $ 810 million. It is also the second oldest F1 team was playing, with the first appearance in 1966 at Monaco Grand Prix. Since then, McLaren won 8 championship team, with 12 individual championships, and had owned extremely popular duo Alain Prost – Ayrton Senna.
1. Ferrari: $ 1.35 billion
The pride of the Italians – Scuderia Ferrari topped 1.35 billion US dollars worth, well ahead of the rest of the list. It is also the oldest teams still playing, first joined the Formula 1 since 1950, is also the most successful team in the history of the 16-time champion team, with 15 individual championships.Teams used to own many legendary racer Alberto Ascari, Niki Lauda, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher – the greatest F1 racer with 7 F1 championship.