(Motorsport) Michael Andretti has been lobbying Formula 1’s governing body FIA to expand the grid beyond the existing 20 teams as the team have now partnered with General Motors to be a part of the competition. However, the existing teams have been resistant to the expansion as they don’t want the revenues to be diluted more than it is. FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has opened the doors for new teams to join Formula 1 and a collaboration between Andretti and General Motors might be enough to be a part of this exclusive club.
Andretti’s main headquarters will be in Indiana and the partnership means that General Motors will be their engine and manufacturing partner under the Cadillac name. The team would be known as Andretti Cadillac Racing if their bid is accepted by the FIA. While there are practically no chances of the bid being accepted before 2026, it still remains a realistic possibility if they reach an agreement with both the FIA and Formula 1.
“Today’s news from the United States is further proof of the popularity and growth of the FIA Formula One World Championship under the FIA’s stewardship. It is particularly pleasing to have interest from two iconic brands such as General Motors Cadillac and Andretti Global. Any additional entries would build on the positive acceptance of the FIA’s 2026 PU regulations among OEMs which has already attracted an entry from Audi. Any Expressions of Interest process will follow strict FIA protocol and will take several months.” – Ben Sulayemn after Andretti’s announcement
“One of the big things was ‘what does Andretti bring to the party? Well, we’re bringing one of the biggest manufacturers in the world with us now with General Motors and Cadillac. We feel that was the one box that we didn’t have checked that we do have checked now. I think we’ll be bringing a tremendous amount of support to Formula 1 and it’s hard for anyone to argue with that.
“We have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions [with GM] and dedication to innovation to build a true American F1 bid. Together, we will continue to follow procedures and steps put forth by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to optimistically prepare should we be fortunate enough to have Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula 1 contender.” – Andretti
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