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Scuderia Ferrari is worth $1.1 Billion ranking at number 15 on Forbes' 50 most Valuable Sports teams list.
"F1 powerhouse Ferrari ranks No. 15 with a value of $1.1 billion, up 3% from last year. Ferrari extended its $52 million-a-year sponsorship deal this year with Spanish bank Santander. This follows Ferrari’s blockbuster extension last year with sponsor Marlboro worth as much as $500 million over three years. "
You may have heard rumblings about a link between Coca Cola and Mclaren, While these links appears to be more bubbles than sugar, Mclaren, 40th on the list, needs a gigantic deal like that to keep up with the Scuderia.
"McLaren’s value fell 2% this year to $800 million as main backer Vodafone is reviewing its sports sponsorship commitments. McLaren would be hard pressed to replace Vodafone at comparable levels. McLaren also faces the free agency of Lewis Hamilton, who is one of the most marketable drivers in the sport. Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of 2012."
Just to put all this on perspective, combined Ferrari and Mclaren cannot even get close to the value of #1 ranked Manchester United: $2.23 billion!