Trade Mark Guidelines
Guidelines for the use of trade marks belonging to the Formula One group of companies
FORMULA 1 is the brand used to identify the most prestigious motor racing competition in the world and is extremely valuable to us.
The Formula One group owns extensive rights in and to the FORMULA 1 brand, including the right to commercially exploit it worldwide.
The trade marks used to identify the brand include 'F1 FORMULA 1' logo, 'F1' logo, 'F1 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP' logo, 'FORMULA ONE PADDOCK CLUB' logo, F1™, FORMULA ONE™, FORMULA 1™, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™, FORMULA ONE PADDOCK CLUB™, PADDOCK CLUB™ and GRAND PRIX™. These marks have been used and/or registered in the UK, EU and internationally as trade marks, in connection with a wide range of goods and services.
We offer our promoters, title sponsors, global partners, suppliers and licensees exclusive rights to use our trade marks and associate themselves with our brand and we take great care to protect the reputation of our brand by ensuring the proper use of our trade marks.
As such our trade marks cannot be used by third parties without a specific licence or permission from us.
However certain trade marks of the Formula One group can be used to provide information or news reports about the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the FORMULA 1 races. These guidelines (which may be updated from time to time) are provided to help you use our trade marks properly and in a clear and consistent way for this purpose.
As it is impossible to provide guidance on all possible uses, we reserve our right to take action against unauthorised uses which we consider to infringe our rights.
Section 1 - Our Marks
The core trade marks and corporate identities of the Formula One group are listed below. Please note this is not a full list.
Permitted Word Marks
FIA Formula One World Championship™
F1 Grand Prix™
Formula 1 Grand Prix™
Formula One Paddock Club™
Event Titles (as of August 2013)
2013 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2013
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2013
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2013
2013 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX
FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2013
FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2013
2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2013
2013 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013
Click http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar.html for an up-to-date list of Event Titles.
Corporate Identity (our company names and official websites that contain our trade marks)
Formula One Management Limited
Formula One World Championship Limited
Formula One Licensing BV
Section 2 - Using Our Marks
You may not use, for any purpose, in any medium, any of our Logos without an express written licence or permission from the Formula One group.
Our Permitted Word Marks can be used editorially to report on and provide information about the FORMULA 1 events so long as such use does not create any unauthorised association between the Formula One group, its brand and any third party, their products or services. This includes use on front covers of publications/a website page so long as the use is to inform or report and not to brand the publication/website page. See section 4 for guidance on using the Permitted Word marks editorially.
As noted above, our Permitted Word Marks can be used editorially on a website so long as the use is to inform or report and not to brand the website. Such use should always be accompanied by the following disclaimer:
This website is unofficial and is not associated in any way with the Formula One group of companies. F1, FORMULA ONE, FORMULA 1, FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, GRAND PRIX and related marks are trade marks of Formula One Licensing B.V.
The disclaimer should be inserted in the footer of every webpage that refers to FORMULA 1 racing or the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
Our Permitted Word Marks cannot be incorporated into or registered as domain names. They may however be used after a domain name as a sub-domain name so long as the use does not make any unauthorised association with third parties. For example, “www.racingfanatic.com/formula1”
Social media and Mobile Services
Our Permitted Word Marks can be used editorially on social media platforms and on mobile services such as SMS so long as the use is to inform or report and not to brand.
Advertisements and promotions
Our Permitted Word Marks cannot be used in advertisements or commercials so as to create an unauthorised association between the Formula One group and a third party or their products or services. For example, in advertorials.
Competitions and games
Our Permitted Word Marks cannot be used to brand any competitions and games or in relation to gambling.
Endorsement or sponsorship
Our Permitted Word Marks cannot be used in any manner, in any medium, that implies Formula One group's affiliation with or endorsement, sponsorship, support of any third party or their products or services. They cannot be used in conjunction with an unauthorised third party's brand or logo.
Our Permitted Word Marks cannot be used on any goods or in relation to services provided for sale/promotional giveaways without an express licence from the Formula One group. This includes but is not limited to the manufacturing, distributing and promoting of goods or services.
Company name, product name, trade mark
Our Permitted Word marks cannot be used or registered as part of a company name, trade name, product name or service name, nor can they be used or registered in any trade mark or service mark.
Our Permitted Word Marks, including variants, misspellings and derivatives, cannot be incorporated into logos, composite logos, website icons, or used to create a brand identity.
Section 3 - Other Guidance
FORMULA 1 race tickets cannot be used for prizes in any competitions or giveaways unless the activity has been organised by an authorised party.
Our Results and Timing Data is protected by copyright and database rights. It can be used editorially to genuinely inform but cannot be used commercially.
Section 4 - Using our Permitted Word Marks Editorially
The following guidelines will help to ensure that you use the Permitted Word Marks properly in editorial copy.
Event Titles should always be written in BLOCK CAPITALS. The ™ symbol is not required.
In almost every circumstance e.g. in press releases, advertising materials, strap lines, titles, headlines of news and race reports and website menus, where the surrounding text is written in Sentence case, Word Marks should be either:
a) written in Title Case followed by the ™ symbol; or
b) in BLOCK CAPITALS.
Whichever approach is taken please be consistent.
If all the surrounding text is written in BLOCK CAPITALS, then Word Marks should be written in BLOCK CAPITALS, followed by the ™ symbol, to differentiate them from the rest of the text.
As an exception to the above guideline, in editorial copy e.g. body of text, news and race reports, Word Marks should still be written in Title Case or BLOCK CAPITALS, to identify use of a trade mark but the ™ symbol is not mandatory.
Permitted Word Marks should not be stylised or written in a font style that is different to the surrounding text.
Our Corporate Identity (our company names and official website) should always be written in Title Case. The ™ symbol is not required.
Word Marks should be used as attributive modifiers i.e. they should be used to modify a noun for example “Formula 1™ driver”, “F1™ racing”.
Word Marks should not be used as nouns. For example “Formula 1™ was great this weekend” should be amended to “the Formula 1™ race was great this weekend”.
Word Marks should never be used in the possessive form. For example “FORMULA 1's cars”.
Section 5 - Need more help?
For more help and information please contact email@example.com