Walkinshaw Andretti United team owner Michael Andretti watches during qualifying for Supercars Adelaide 500 on March 2, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.
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Andretti collaborates with General engines in an attempt to compete in Formula 1 which, if successful, would also see the famous Cadillac name appear on the grid.
Team owner Michael Andretti has lobbied the FIA, F1’s governing body, to expand the 20-car grid and pushed through with his plans despite a failed bid to buy Sauber in 2021 and resistance from F1 teams who claimed an 11th team would. dilute their income.
Now, in the wake of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem opening the door for new teams to hit the grid, a partnership has been announced between one of America’s most successful racing teams and its biggest car company.
Andretti’s headquarters would be in Indiana, while General Motors would be their engine and manufacturing partner, with the GM-branded Cadillac to be part of the entry. The team would be known as Andretti Cadillac Racing.
Sky Sports news understands there is no chance of another entry before 2026, while there are other interested parties besides Andretti exploring F1.
Any request for a newcomer requires the agreement of both F1 and the FIA.
“Today’s news from the United States is further proof of the popularity and growth of the FIA Formula One World Championship under the leadership of the FIA,” said Ben Sulayemn after Andretti’s announcement.
“It is very gratifying to have interest from two iconic brands such as General Motors Cadillac and Andretti Global.
“Any additional entry would build on the positive acceptance of the FIA’s 2026 PU regulations among OEMs, who have already attracted an entry from Audi.
“Each Expression of Interest process will follow strict FIA protocol and take several months to complete.”
What Andretti now ‘brings to the F1 party’
Andretti said in the announcement, the culmination of four months of negotiations with General Motors, that the US automaker envisions the Andretti effort with the added value that rival teams have claimed new teams need to bring to F1.
“One of the big things was ‘what does Andretti bring to the party?'” Andretti said. “Well, we’re now taking one of the largest manufacturers in the world with General Motors and Cadillac.
“We feel like this was the one box we left unchecked that we have now ticked. I think we will bring huge support to Formula 1 and it’s hard for anyone to argue with that.”
F1 immediately responded in the same tone it has used since Andretti started pushing for expansion by noting that there are several parties interested in joining the series and Andretti is simply the most visible. Andretti’s father, Mario Andretti, is the 1978 Formula 1 World Champion.
“There is great interest in the F1 project at the moment with some ongoing talks that are not as visible as others,” F1 said in a statement.
“We all want to ensure that the championship remains credible and stable and any request from a new entrant will be assessed by the relevant stakeholders against criteria to meet those objectives.”
Andretti said despite F1’s statement that he still believes Andretti Global is the strongest candidate. He admitted that F1 has not shared with him the other interested parties.
“We have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions [with GM] and commitment to innovation to build a truly American F1 offering,” added Andretti.
“Together we will continue to follow the procedures and steps suggested by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to prepare optimistically, should we be lucky enough to get Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula 1 contender.”