Cadillac announces entry into Formula 1
Formula 1 is booming in North America. There will be three races in the United States next season and there will soon be a second team. And this one has it all. General Motors and its Cadillac brand are on board. At their side: a dynasty of racing drivers.
Dhe American car manufacturer General Motors wants to enter Formula 1 with Andretti Global, led by driver Michael Andretti. The two companies announced it during a digital press conference. They did not give an exact start date. “We’ll be on the track as soon as it makes sense,” said Michael Andretti (1993 for McLaren in Formula 1), son of 82-year-old racing legend Mario Andretti (1968 to 1982 in Formula 1). They are convinced that it will be soon.
It would be the second American team in Formula 1 alongside the Haas racing team, with which Mick Schumacher was under contract until the end of this season. The field of drivers would increase from ten to eleven current manufacturers.
“Today is the first step on the historic path that General Motors will hopefully embark on in Formula 1,” GM Chairman Mark Reuss said. A corresponding statement of intent must be filed with the International Automobile Association as soon as the process is officially opened. The team will start under the GM Cadillac brand, it would be called Andretti Cadillac.
New potential for conflict in Formula 1
It was only at the beginning of the week that the president of the Fia, Mohammed bin Sulayem, underlined that the association would be looking for new teams. It was also a clear signal to the race teams who had been less enthusiastic about a possible newcomer and eleventh team. Because then the product of commercial rights holder Liberty Media would have to be shared with another team. This could harbor potential for conflict
Andretti stressed that Formula 1 is still an Fia racing series. FIA boss bin Sulayem tweeted immediately after the press conference ended that he “appreciated” the news. The FIA looks forward to “further discussions on the expression of interest process for the Formula 1 World Championship”.
The racing team itself is well known in the United States: the team has participated in the US IndyCar racing series since 2003 after taking over “Team Green”. The team won the Drivers’ Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The best candidate for one of the two cockpits that would then exist is Colton Herta. The 22-year-old comes from the United States and is already under contract with Andretti Autosport for the IndyCar series.
The entry would be another indication that Formula 1 is on the rise, especially in the United States. The racing series, which is particularly popular in Europe, is currently enjoying a huge following in the United States. With three races next season in Miami (May 7), Austin (October 22) and the new Las Vegas track (November 18), the racing calendar is more American than it has been since 1982. The reasons of the Formula 1 hype in the United States are also the sale of the rights to the American media group “Liberty Media” (including the Discovery Channel) in 2016 and the success of the Netflix series “Drive to Survive”.
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