Andretti ‘strongly disagrees’ with Formula 1’s decision to reject entry


The Andretti Cadillac team has expressed its strong disagreement with Formula 1's decision to reject its bid for entry into the sport.

While the American outfit disputed Formula 1’s assessment of Andretti Cadillac’s merits, it did not shed any light in its response on its next step, although it indicated that its “work continues at pace”.

The team, backed by American automotive giant General Motors and which had been given an initial green light las October by the FIA to contend for a spot on the grid, had been planning to enter the sport with a Renault customer engine in 2025, before switching to a Cadillac unit in 2028.

But in a comprehensive – although somewhat derisive – run-down of its arguments against Andretti’s entry into the sport, Formula 1 raised concerns about the team’s ability to be competitive and to add value to Grand Prix racing’s field of competitors.

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Ultimately, Formula 1 concluded that “the Applicant’s application to participate in the Championship should not be successful”.

However, the door remains open for Andretti Cadillac to return in 2028, according to Formula 1 which indicated that it would be more receptive to the team’s application if it is backed by a GM power unit.

Late on Wednesday, Andretti Cadillac issued a short statement in which it strongly disagreed with F1’s stance.

“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents,” it stated.

“Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organisations committed to placing a genuine American works team in F1, competing alongside the world’s best.

“We are proud of the significant progress we have already made on developing a highly competitive car and power unit with an experienced team behind it, and our work continues at pace.

“Andretti Cadillac would also like to acknowledge and thank the fans who have expressed their support.”

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