China Media Capital is in talks to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in a takeover bid for Formula One, Sky News learns.

Chinese investors are in pole position to shape the future of Formula One motor racing as one of the country’s largest investment firms backs an $8.5bn (£5.5bn) takeover bid for the sport.

CMC is among a group of Chinese media investors – which also include Fosun and Wanda – pursuing rapid global expansion, recently unveiling a partnership with the Hollywood studio Warner Bros Entertainment to produce Chinese-language films for distribution around the world.

The proposed takeover of F1, which remains far from certain to take place, still requires roughly $2bn in additional equity from other investors.


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