JAN 20, 2024
OKX expands McLaren F1 sponsorship deal
As the 2024 F1 season gears up for its launch on March 2, leading NFT marketplace and crypto exchange OKX is set to take center stage by showcasing its logo on McLaren F1 cars.
The move, outlined in a recent press release, will see the OKX brand on the side of McLaren’s cars in 20 high profile races. Going beyond a mere branding endeavor, the sponsorship initiative has been put together in an effort to energize the blockchain-centric world of F1, enhancing track-side aesthetics and elevating the visibility of the Web3 company.
The collaboration will see OKX’s branding appear on various elements of McLaren cars, from side pods and rear wings to mirrors, drivers’ helmets and team apparel.
OKX’s logo will be prominently featured during 20 out of the 24 races in the upcoming F1 season. The primary 2024 livery of the vehicle draws inspiration from the OKX-McLaren “Stealth Mode” design showcased during the Singapore and Japan Grand Prix races in 2023.
According to Haider Rafique, the Chief Marketing Officer at OKX, the decision to expand the sponsorship deal with McLaren aligns with the increased brand awareness achieved through their partnership.
Building upon existing sponsorship deal
The collaboration between McLaren and OKX isn’t new. OKX’s initial partnership with McLaren commenced in May 2022 as a primary partner to its F1 team and laid the foundation for this continued collaboration. The crypto platform’s livery featured on McLaren MCL60 F1 cars at the Singapore and Japan Grand Prix races in 2023.
Surveys conducted post-event revealed that 80% of attendees expressed interest in learning more about the exchange, indicating a curiosity within McLaren’s fan base about Web3 and digital finance. This resonance with the audience aligns with OKX’s mission to make the crypto economy accessible to everyone and educate the public about the benefits and opportunities within this space.
Looking ahead, Rafique expresses OKX’s intent to pursue a long-term partnership with McLaren, emphasizing the value derived from longevity and growth over time. He envisions the McLaren-OKX partnership as potentially spanning decades, fostering generational associations akin to his own fondness for Ayrton Senna and McLaren from his youth.
Broader crypto sector marketing
The broader trend of the cryptocurrency sector’s increased involvement in F1 is evident, with partnerships like Crypto.com creating NFTs for every lap and Kraken’s marketing collaboration with the Williams Formula One racing team. Earlier this month, crypto gambling platform Stake signed a sponsorship deal with the Sauber F1 team.
Crypto.com has been a prominent sponsor of Formula 1 since 2021, showcasing its logo at Grand Prix circuits globally and sponsoring the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team.
The other high profile sports sponsorship forum for crypto businesses appears to be the English Premier League (EPL). In this arena too, OKX has been active, having an ongoing deal in place with Manchester City which it strengthened last year. Singapore-based crypto trading platform BingX recently followed suit, securing a sponsorship deal with Chelsea Football Club.