Interest in Formula One (hereafter F1) is also reflected on social media: social posts related to it generated millions of engagements even before this year’s championship, which began on March 5, 2023; and in the first week of the championship, U.S. brands that talk about F1 on social media have achieved a total of 6.4 million engagements.
A breakdown of media and entertainment brands that generated most engagements on social media is provided in the table below and may provide some additional clues to Formula 1’s recent increase in popularity.
Observe that both Netflix and Drive to Survive rank among the top 3 entertainment brands – Drive to Survive is a documentary series hosted on Netflix that shows what goes on behind the scenes of the Formula One World Championship.
Typically, Drive to Survive is released a year after the Formula One championship that it covers; its fifth season, was released in February 2023 and interest is not showing any signs of slowing down – quite the contrary in fact: as the chart below shows, engagement with Drive to Survive on social media has increased with each season.
Fundamentally, this is another case study of how brands can successfully expand their footprint within a target market: a compelling story, and partnerships with media companies that can provide a stage to the story. By opening itself up and becoming a little more accessible, Formula One may reach the finish line of becoming a mainstream sport in the U.S.
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*Number of actions (i.e., reactions, shares, comments, retweets, favorites, loves) is calculated across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.
1. Plan Metrix Multi-platform, Total Audience 18+, IAB Digital Interests 2.0: Sports “Auto Racing”, January 2023, U.S