While the file seemed solid, after its validation with the FIA, the F1 entry project for Michael Andretti’s team in association with Cadillac, for 2025, or even 2026, was refused. Formula 1 has delivered his verdict through a long press release late Wednesday afternoon.
“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information communicated by Formula One Management Limited and strongly disagrees with its contents”
To justify its choice, the discipline indicated that this application as it stood did not constitute added value for the current plateau. On the other hand, a possibility remains by 2028, if General Motors, represented by the American brand Cadillac in association with Andretti Global, were to join F1 with the official status of engine manufacturer.
While waiting for this possible prospect, the refusal of Formula 1 constitutes a failure for Andretti, who aimed to quickly join the discipline as the 11th team, with solid experience of competition across the Atlantic. The team led by Michael Andretti, son of 1978 world champion Mario Andretti, published a press release in direct reaction to that of F1.
Andretti’s press release:
“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information provided by Formula One Management Limited and strongly disagrees with its content. Andretti and Cadillac are two global motorsport organizations committed to placing an authentic American factory team in F1 alongside the best teams in the world. We are proud of the significant progress we have already made in 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 thank the fans who have expressed their support.”
ANDRETTI CADILLAC RESPONSE TO FORMULA ONE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT
Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents. Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organizations committed to…
— Marshall Pruett (@marshallpruett) January 31, 2024
Statement on the rejection by F1 to add Andretti Cadillac to the grid in the near future.
“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents…” pic.twitter.com/4lhEL0U6Ki
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) January 31, 2024
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To sum up
In the wake of Formula 1’s press release indicating that the American team’s plan to enter the discipline was refused by 2025-2026, the team led by Michael Andretti responded in a clear and frank manner.
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