Andretti teams up with General Motors to offer entry-level Formula 1 to Cadillac

Michael Andretti, team owner of Walkinshaw Andretti United, looks on during qualifying for the Supercars Adelaide 500 March 2, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Andretti have teamed up with General Motors in an attempt to break into Formula 1 which, if successful, would also include the famous Cadillac name on the grid.

Team owner Michael Andretti has lobbied the FIA, F1’s governing body, to expand the 20-car grid and pushed ahead with his plans, despite a failed attempt to buy Sauber in 2021 and opposition from F1 teams, who have argued that an 11th team would dilute their earnings.

Now, after FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem opened the door for new teams to join the grid, a collaboration 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 GM’s Cadillac marque being part of the entry. The team would be known as Andretti Cadillac Racing.

Sky sports news understands that there would be no chance of a new signing before 2026 while there are other prospects exploring Formula 1 alongside Andretti.

Any request for a new entrant will require the approval of both F1 and the FIA.

“Today’s news from the United States is further testament to the popularity and growth of the FIA ​​Formula One World Championship under FIA leadership,” Ben Sulayemn said after Andretti’s announcement.

“The interest shown by two cult brands such as General Motors Cadillac and Andretti Global is particularly gratifying.

“Each subsequent entry would build on the positive OEM acceptance of the FIA’s 2026 PU regulations, which has already attracted an entry from Audi.

“Each expression of interest process will follow strict FIA protocol and will take several months.”

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 American automaker is providing the Andretti effort with the added value that rival teams have argued new teams must bring to F1.

“One of the big things was, ‘What is Andretti bringing to the party?'” Andretti said. “Well, we are now bringing one of the largest manufacturers in the world with General Motors and Cadillac.

“We believe that was the only box we did not check that we have now checked. I think we’re going to bring a tremendous amount of support to Formula 1 and it’s hard for anyone to disagree with that.”

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F1 immediately responded in the same tone it has been using since Andretti began pushing for expansion, noting that there are multiple 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 a lot of interest in the F1 project at this time as a number of talks continue 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 every request from a new entrant will be evaluated against criteria to achieve those goals by the relevant stakeholders.”

Despite F1’s statement, Andretti said he still believes Andretti Global to be the strongest contender. He admitted F1 didn’t share the other prospects with him.

“We have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions [with GM] and commitment to innovation to build a true American F1 offering,” added Andretti.

“Together we will continue to follow the procedures and steps set out by the FIA ​​during the assessment process. In the meantime, we continue to prepare with optimism should we be lucky enough to have Andretti Cadillac officially registered as a Formula 1 contender.”

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