After FIA invitation: Andretti applies with General Motors for F1 entry

(Motorsport-Total.com) – Is an American manufacturer coming to Formula 1? Andretti Autosport and Cadillac will compete for a place in the FIA! Team owner Michael Andretti and the president of General Motors made the announcement during a conference call on Wednesday.

Michael Andretti teams up with General Motors for a possible Formula 1 project

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Above all, Andretti now has an important partner on board and is no longer a lone fighter for a place in Formula 1. He himself has repeatedly expressed his interest in Formula 1 lately. As early as May 2022, Andretti Autosport announced the construction of a Formula 1 factory near Indianapolis.

“We know that Andretti Global has an interest in entering the Formula 1 world championship. I would like the FIA ​​and its president Mohammed [bin Sulayem] for recently launching a process for interested teams. Mohammed is a true runner and brings a great passion for the sport. I expressly welcome it,” said the 1991 IndyCar/CART champion.

“Today, I am very pleased to announce that Andretti Global is partnering with General Motors to pursue their interest [an der Formel 1] announce. I am proud to explore the possibility of starting in Formula 1 with an American company. GM and Andretti have a great history in motorsport. I’m sure we have a lot to offer. I thank Mark Reuss and the entire GM team for this opportunity. I think it’s a great combination.”

So far, the biggest obstacle to Andretti’s entry into Formula 1 has come from the existing teams, who have so far had little interest in having to share the financial cake with an eleventh team. But with the world’s sixth largest automotive group behind you, the situation could be quite different. Now we are talking at eye level.

“The big question so far has been: what does Andretti bring to the table?” says Mario Andretti’s son. “Well, now we’re bringing one of the biggest automakers in the world to the table. This should be a box we ticked now that was missing before. Now it’s going to be hard for others to doubt that we’ re Formula 1 brings something.” Talks with GM have only lasted four to five months, he adds.

“At the end of the day it’s an FIA series and its president has made it clear that he would like to see at least an eleventh team on the grid,” continued the 60-year-old. “He’s a racer and he knows how important that is for the series itself. We’re confident that together with Cadillac we can tick all the boxes necessary to be on the starting grid as soon as possible.”

There are certainly positive signals from bin Sulayem: “The latest news from the United States highlights the popularity and growth of the Formula 1 World Championship. It is extremely gratifying that two iconic brands such as Andretti and Cadillac are expressing an interest . interest in the process will follow strict FIA protocol and will take several months.”

Dodging on matters of detail

Mark Reuss, President of General Motors, said that everything will be done to find our way to Formula 1: “We are passionate drivers and have won some of the biggest races in the world. Our hope is that Formula 1 will follow in their footsteps. Assuming we are accepted, I am thrilled to announce this all-American team that will compete under the Cadillac brand.

When it comes to questions of detail, however, Andretti and Reuss dodge. When asked what year they will be competing in, Andretti replies that it depends on how long the FIA ​​Expression of Interest process takes. And Reuss does not even answer the question about the powertrain homologation, but only points out that “a lot of expertise” will be provided. Of course, the most likely date is 2026 with the next rule change.

He prefers to put forward other arguments as to why Andretti-Cadillac should be approved for Formula 1: “Like Formula 1, the appeal of the Cadillac brand is growing worldwide. Cadillac is currently one of the fastest growing luxury car. Read the sales figures. Soon Cadillac will announce the return to Le Mans with a start at the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay became the 2012 IndyCar champion in an Andretti-Chevrolet

Ryan Hunter-Reay became the 2012 IndyCar champion in an Andretti-Chevrolet Zoom

“Entering IMSA, WEC [Langstrecken-Weltmeisterschaft] and Formula 1, Cadillac has the opportunity to showcase technology and innovation as we compete against the best luxury brands in the world. At GM, we have a tradition of bringing technology from the race track to the streets.”

He also promises that General Motors will make all of their motorsport infrastructure in Michigan and North Carolina available for the project and that, of course, they have the best engineers. “Today is the first step towards what we hope will be General Motors’ historic entry into Formula 1.”

“GM and Cadillac are prepared to compete against the best of the best at the highest level with passion and integrity, advancing the sport for the FIA ​​and motorsport fans around the world. We have shared IndyCar titles with Andretti and I am looking forward to renewed cooperation.”

Andretti Autosport: From IndyCars to the world

Andretti Autosport grew out of Team Green, which fielded top drivers such as Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy at the height of the CART World Series (later ChampCar). Michael Andretti joined in 2003. Andretti Green Racing became Andretti Autosport in 2009.

Andretti Autosport grew out of Team Green and has been growing globally for years

Andretti Autosport grew out of Team Green and has been growing globally for years Zoom

Since then, the Andretti team has continued to grow outside of the IndyCar series. It now has ramifications in the American rallycross scene, in Formula E, Extreme E and more recently also in the IMSA SportsCar championship, which can also lead to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The commitment to Formula 1 would be the culmination of Michael Andretti’s career as a team owner. For General Motors, the commitment to Formula 1 would be an absolute first.

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