F1 owners Liberty Media ‘reject stunning £16BILLION bid from Saudi Arabia to take over sport’ | The Sun01/20/2023
FORMULA 1 owners have reportedly rejected a £16billion bid from Saudi Arabia to take over the sport.
The bid is believed to have been made by the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The current owners of Formula One are Liberty Media.
The media company took over the sport itself in 2017, having completed the purchase of $4.4billion (£3.56bn).
However, they have now rejected a bid for the motorsport from the PIF worth £16bn, according to Bloomberg.
The report revealed that an approach was made last year by the PIF, but the negotiations broke down in the early stages.
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However they are believed to remain interested in buying the sport should Liberty Media decide to cash in.
Formula One would be only the latest in Saudi Arabia's sporting ventures.
The PIF took over Newcastle United from Mike Ashley in 2021 and has also hosted some major boxing fights and golf tournaments.
The Saudi Arabia Gran Prix has been criticised by fans of the sport as they accused of 'sport washing' since it was added to the calendar in 2021.
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The term is used to describe the use of sports by individuals, groups, corporations, or governments as a practice to improve reputations tarnished by wrongdoing.
Human rights issues in Saudi Arabia has been consistently raised, with driver Lewis Hamilton insisting he would have to raise awareness while in the country.
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