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The Economics of Motorsports

The Case of Formula One

  • An exciting and upbeat examination of the economics behind motorsports.

  • Includes a detailed analysis of the economics behind a winning team.

  • A fascinating overview of the wider motorsport industry.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 1-15
  3. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 17-67
  4. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 115-164
  5. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 165-201
  6. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 203-238
  7. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 239-269
  8. Paulo Mourão
    Pages 283-288
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 289-303

About this book


This book, the first study of its kind, examines the economics behind motorsports, in particular Formula One. Chapters discuss the costs involved in Formula racing and how they are borne by teams, promoters and racers. The book also looks at how society, the public and the private sectors stand to benefit economically from the motorsport industry. Other issues like the economics of TV rights, sponsorship and sustainability are also addressed, again for the first time in an economics book.

Moving beyond the economics of what happens off the track, the book also undertakes a serious examination of what goes in to making a winning team and what having a winning racer can do for a team’s fortunes.  Mourão’s highly relevant and contemporary book also looks at how motorsport teams confront the challenges of the modern sporting world, including the changing dynamics of sports media and considers the future of Formula 1 as motorsports evolve. 


Sport Sports Sport Economics Political economy Cultural economics Econometrics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Vila realPortugal

About the authors

Paulo Reis  Mourão is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Gualtar, University of Minho. He is a regular commentator on economics and politics in Portugal.

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