F1 issues stern response in wake of Andretti and Cadillac partnership

Henry Valantine
Michael Andretti at a press conference. New York July 2022.

Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti speaks to reporters. New York ePrix July 2022.

Formula 1 issued a reminder that new entrants require their agreement as well as the FIA’s, in the wake of Andretti announcing its partnership with General Motors to launch a bid to get into the sport.

Michael Andretti announced to media including PlanetF1.com that his team had partnered with GM through Cadillac to submit an expression of interest to the FIA over becoming a new team in Formula 1, after FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem invited prospective entrants to submit bids for a future place on the grid.

While Ben Sulayem also said the news of the Andretti-Cadillac partnership was “welcome”, Formula 1 itself responded to the news with a somewhat tepid statement regarding possible future entrants to the grid, as the FIA president’s invitation is merely the first stage of what is likely to be a lengthy process of getting a new team added to the field.

“There is great interest in the F1 project at this time with a number of conversations continuing that are not as visible as others,” read Formula 1’s statement.

“We all want to ensure the championship remains credible and stable and any new entrant request will be assessed on criteria to meet those objectives by all the relevant stakeholders.

“Any new entrant request requires the agreement of both F1 and the FIA.”

Andretti has made no secret of his desire to get onto the Formula 1 grid before, having tried in vain to buy out Sauber and Haas in the past, as well as being knocked back in previous attempts to become a new constructor on the grid.

But the invitation from the FIA has brought new life to his hopes of moving into Formula 1, and he is fully confident that he will be able to make such a move as soon as required.

When asked how sure he feels about his shot about reaching F1, he told media including PlanetF1.com: “1,000%, I believe that we check every box that needs to be checked to be able to enter Formula 1, and we feel like we’re definitely ahead of our competition to get there.

“So yeah, I feel very, very confident that we’ll be on the grid soon.”

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