F1 Teams Blockchain Partners List | NFTs, Fan Tokens, Cryptocurrency Sponsors & Exchange Platforms

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For the 2022 season, almost every Formula 1 team has an official sponsor in the blockchain and crypto sector. Here’s a summary guide, listing F1 teams’ crypto sponsors and NFT partners.

Cryptocurrency sponsorships in sports have gained steam the last few years. The NBA has been one of the more active leagues  in these crypto partnerships. The Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers is Crypto.com Arena now. In South Florida, the Miami Heat now play at FTX Arena, after changing the name from American Airlines Arena.

The cryptocurrency and NFT markets may be struggling at the moment, but the wide world of blockchain and Web3 technology isn’t going away. If anything, with regards to global sports, their onward march towards downright ubiquity continues rapidly. Another sport where crypto sponsors have made significant inroads is Formula 1 auto racing, where eight of the 10 teams competing for the 2022 world championship have a crypto sponsor.

So, what’s the current state of things? From cryptocurrency exchange platforms to blockchain tech firms, check out this full list of F1 crypto partners for 2022.

Formula 1 Teams’ 2022 Crypto & Blockchain Partners

FERRARI

Sponsor: Velas
Deal announced: Dec. 27, 2021
What they are: Blockchain technology company
Official website: velas.com
Key quote: “We are pleased to start this collaboration with Velas Network AG, a company that makes innovation and performance the hallmark of technologically advanced products and services: these are all values that unite us and that led us to choose Velas as one of our Premium Partners.” — Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal

Click here to read Boardroom’s recap of Scuderia Ferrari’s Velas accouncement.

RED BULL

Sponsor: Bybit
Deal announced: Feb. 16, 2022
What they are: Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Official website: bybit.com
Key quote: “I’m delighted to welcome Bybit to the Team. They share [our] passion to exist at the forefront of technological innovation, to set the competitive pace, and to disrupt the status quo. Allied to that is Bybit’s commitment to enlivening the fan experience in F1 through digital innovation. This is also a key mission for the Team and Bybit’s assistance will help us build a deeper more immersive and unique connection with the team for fans around the world.” — Christian Horner, Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal

Bonus fun fact: Bybit will also assist Red Bull on NFTs and promote Fan Tokens.

Click here to read Boardroom’s recap of Red Bull Racing’s Bybit announcement.

MERCEDES

Sponsor: FTX
Deal announced: Sept. 23, 2021
What they are: Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Official website: ftx.com (ftx.us in the United States)
Key quote: “We are very excited to welcome FTX, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges, to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. Their innovative spirit and creative energy in such a rapidly developing global industry make them a well-matched partner in our own relentless pursuit of performance. Together we look forward to creating new and exciting opportunities to engage with our fans and deliver world-class experiences for them.” — Toto Wolff, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Team Principal
Bonus fun fact: Alongside LVMH, Prada Group, Cartier, and OTB Group, Mercedes-Benz is a co-founder of the Aura Blockchain Consortium, a new luxury brand collaboration focused on digital art and NFTs.

McLAREN

Sponsor: Tezos
Deal announced: June 17, 2021
What they are: Blockchain technology company
Official website: tezos.com
Key quote: “Tezos and McLaren Racing uniting to create a unique fan-focused NFT platform is an innovative step in an exciting and rapidly developing industry. At McLaren, we are known for putting fans at the heart of everything we do, and this is another partnership which allows us to enter a space where fans can own key pieces of our team. We are looking forward to launching the platform with Tezos to create bespoke NFTs with our Formula 1, INDYCAR, and esports teams.” — Lindsey Eckhouse, McLaren Racing Director of Licensing, Ecommerce, and eSports

Sponsor: OKX
Deal announced: May 3, 2022
What they are: Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Official website: okx.com
Key quote: “We are thrilled to announce this primary partnership with OKX ahead of the Miami GP. In a rapidly evolving field, OKX is a long-established crypto brand that brings innovation, analytics, and accuracy to accomplish great things. The first-ever Miami Grand Prix is the perfect occasion for us to launch this significant partnership, through which we will collaborate with OKX to take our fan experience to all new levels.” — Zak Brown, McLaren Racing Team Principal

Click here to read Boardroom’s recap of McLaren Racing’s OKX announcement.

ALFA ROMEO

Sponsor: Floki
Deal announced: Feb. 24, 2022
What they are: Cryptocurrency
Official website: floki.com
Key quote: “Crypto and decentralised finance are some of the latest markets that have garnered attention in recent years, and they represent a huge potential area to grow business. We are proud to partner with Floki, one of the most innovative and engaging companies within this sector, for the 2022 season. Like Floki, we are innovators and we believe there can be a lot of overlap between our companies when it comes to principles and best practices, something we are very keen to explore.” — Frédéric Vasseur, Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN Team Principal

BWT ALPINE

Sponsor: Binance
Deal announced: Feb. 15, 2022
What they are: Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Official website: binance.com
Key quote: “BWT Alpine F1 Team is not one to shy away from challenges, nor are we afraid to continually push the limit both on and off the track. Partnering with Binance fuels our passion to change the racing landscape as well as opens doors for more innovative fan engagement. This journey starts with the ALPINE token launch and the unveiling of a special collection of NFTs. These upcoming, limited edition NFTs will highlight Alpine’s commitment in striving for elegance, ingenuity and audacity.” — Laurent Rossi, BWT Alpine F1 Team CEO
Bonus fun facts: As part of the deal, Alpine minted its own $ALPINE crypto fan token on Binance. The Binance logo is displayed on the new A522 F1 car.

ALPHATAURI

Sponsor: Fantom
Deal announced: May 14, 2021
What they are: Blockchain technology company
Official website: fantom.foundation
Key quote: “This is another great partnership for Scuderia AlphaTauri and I’m happy to welcome Fantom on-board. As a team working at the pinnacle of motorsport, we’re always interested in new, innovative technologies and Fantom shares with us a constant hunger for success, which put them at the forefront of the blockchain industry, while operating sustainably. We are pleased to support their continuing growth on a global scale and I look forward to seeing the Fantom logo displayed on our cars as we race through the streets of Monaco.” — Franz Tost, Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal

ASTON MARTIN

Sponsor: Crypto.com
Deal announced: March 2, 2021
What they are: Cryptocurrency exchange platform
Official website: crypto.com
Key quote: “As we prepare for the start of the new season, I am delighted to welcome Crypto.com as a global partner of Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team. I am very impressed by the vision of the Crypto.com management and the tremendous speed at which their platform is growing. I am sure this partnership will bring a fresh perspective to both our businesses and introduce both brands to new audiences. We are proud of our heritage, but as this deal shows we are also a very modern team.” — Lawrence Stroll, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 Team Chairman

Bonus fun fact: The Aston Martin team was one of the top Crypto.com creators in 2021.

Formula 1 Teams With No Crypto Partners in 2022:

  • HAAS
  • WILLIAMS

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