Austin, Miami and Las Vegas. Three US Grands Prix in 2023, enough to show the growing interest in the Queen’s discipline of motorsport in the US. This is one of the reasons why the two American brands have decided to join forces. Andretti and General Motors had already collaborated in 2012 for Chevrolet’s return to Indycar. Two entities very present in motorsport. Cadillac is back this year in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and Andretti has been present for a couple of years in Indycar as well as in Formula E. United, the two American superpowers, intend to enter F1. Michael Andretti, chairman and CEO of Andretti, is convinced of the future of this association:
“I am convinced that we are made to be a new Formula 1 team. I am proud to have General Motors and Cadillac by our side as we pursue this goal. We have the opportunity to combine our passions for motorsport and our dedication to innovation to build a truly American F1 offering.”
The team would be based in the US with a support facility in the UK. In the coming months, Andretti and Cadillac plan to submit an application to the FIA for inclusion in Formula 1.
If chosen, the new team hopes to compete as soon as possible with at least one American driver in its ranks. That would be Colton Herta, current Indycar driver in the Andretti Motorsport team, who has a few tests in Formula 1 to his credit.-discipline in the USA:
“We are excited at the prospect of partnering with Andretti Global to form an American F1 team that will help drive global interest in the series and the sport even further. Both Cadillac and F1 have growing global appeal. We would be proud of having the opportunity to bring our distinctive American innovation and design to F1. »
An association that does not agree
Minutes after this announcement, the president of the FIA, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, was happy for this association:
I look forward to the news of @Cadillac and @Follow Andretti partnership and @FIA looking forward to further discussions on FIA @F1 The WC process for expressions of interest pic.twitter.com/LQgbYDW0qM
— Mohammad Ben Sulayem (@Ben_Sulayem) 5 January 2023
Despite this, the fold remains mixed on this arrival. Michael Andretti had already announced his intentions to enter the F1 World Championship during the 2022 season. A request without a positive response at the moment. In a statement released after the announcement from Andretti and General Motors, F1 was firm on the next step:
“We all want to ensure that the championship remains credible and stable and that any request for a new commitment is assessed by all relevant stakeholders on criteria that enable these objectives to be achieved. Any new entry request requires the consent of F1 and the FIA”.
As a reminder, the teams already present online must give their consent and the incoming team must pay 200 million euros in entry fees.
In a press release published on January 5, 2023, Andretti Global and General Motors, represented by American manufacturer Cadillac, announced their association and their intention to participate in the F1 World Championship