One of 2022’s best rumors was Andretti Global’s curiosity in becoming a member of the Formula 1 grid — one which was dashed time and time once more. Now, although, new laws making it simpler for groups to precise formal curiosity in becoming a member of the grid implies that Andretti has teamed up with General Motors’ Cadillac Racing division to start that course of.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem introduced earlier this week that F1’s sanctioning physique will enable for a brand new course of that will enable potential groups to precise curiosity in becoming a member of the grid, which is able to kick off a proper assessment of mentioned entries.
Essentially, this expression of curiosity requires one thing of an motion plan to show that the group in query is definitely superior sufficient to enter the F1 grid inside a yr of approval. Considering Andretti’s worldwide racing pursuits and success across the globe in collection like IndyCar, Extreme E, and Formula E and the group is probably going in an ideal place to have an entry ready to hit the bottom working.
Details on this three way partnership are nonetheless unclear; that is fairly actually simply an announcement to point out that GM, Cadillac, and Andretti are formally and legitimately committing to this enterprise. We don’t know once we may count on Andretti on the grid. We don’t know if the present EV-related know-how partnership between GM and Honda will sign Andretti’s use of Honda powertrains in F1. We don’t know the way Cadillac’s present relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing can be impacted. We additionally don’t know something about drivers — though Michael Andretti famous throughout a press convention that he goals to have an American driver within the group. All eyes have been on IndyCar’s Colton Herta to fill that function, ought to he be capable to purchase an excellent license.
The final time F1 opened this sort of formal expression of curiosity course of was in 2013, which instantly led to the doorway of fellow American Haas F1 group quickly after. Since then, it’s been tough so as to add a further eleventh group to the F1 grid; the choice course of on permitting entries includes enter from F1, the FIA, and F1’s present groups — and people groups aren’t precisely occupied with a further group including competitors in the case of securing factors, Championship standing positions, and subsequently the distribution of post-season prize cash.