Andretti continues to believe in it

Andretti continues to believe in it

While the FOM dismissed out of hand the candidacy of the Andretti team, which obtained the approval of the FIA, the American team does not admit defeat and hopes to convince of the relevance of its project in margin of the Miami Grand Prix.

Mario Andretti does not want to lose hope. Last January and a few weeks after the green light given by the FIA, the FOM refused the file presented by the Andretti team. A decision justified in particular by the fact that the American team has more to gain than F1 as a whole. Nevertheless, The Andretti team continued to refine its file, recently inaugurating premises located near the Silverstone circuit, intended to be its European base in addition to the factory located in the United States.

Beyond the F1 team alone, which benefits from strong support from the General Motors group via its Cadillac brand, the project also includes a commitment to Formula 2 and Formula 3 in order to set up a sector intended to support young talents from the other side of the Atlantic. Questioned by the agency Associated Press, Mario Andretti admitted to having “been offended” by the rejection expressed by the FOM and most of the teams already in place. “I don’t think we deserved that, to be honest with you,” added the former driver with twelve F1 victories. It’s a big investment in the series, and you’d think they’d appreciate it. Even the series value is more valuable with eleven teams than ten, so I don’t get it. »

Andretti: “I’m really looking forward to our next meeting”

While General Motors made the development of an engine by 2028 conditional on Andretti’s entry onto the starting grid, Mario Andretti claims that F1 tried to convince the American group to come alone. “ This is another offensive attempt, he said during this interview. We were the ones who managed to find a solution, and GM has said it time and time again: ‘Andretti or nothing’. And then they still tried to accept them but without us. » While an invitation to a meeting in London sent by email was lost, discussions will resume on the sidelines of the Miami Grand Prix, organized from May 3 to 5 around the Hard Rock Stadium.

Mario Andretti is delighted to be able to defend his project alongside his son Michael, who runs the family team. “ We only had one meeting with them. It is a problem, did he declare. We don’t have enough. I think that’s why I’m really looking forward to our next meeting. » It now remains to be seen whether the arguments will be sufficiently impactful to change the situation with a view to Andretti’s arrival on the starting grid in 2026, potentially with a Renault engine during the first two seasons, time for Cadillac to conclude the development of its whole.

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