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F1 Rejects Andretti’s Bid to Join Through 2026

Formula 1 has turned down Andretti Global’s application to join the series for 2025 and 2026, RACER reported Jan. 31.

“The need for any new team to take a compulsory power unit supply, potentially over a period of several seasons, would be damaging to the prestige and standing of the Championship,” a statement from the series read.

“While the Andretti name carries some recognition for F1 fans, our research indicates that F1 would bring value to the Andretti brand rather than the other way around.

“The addition of an 11th team would place an operational burden on race promoters, would subject some of them to significant costs, and would reduce the technical, operational and commercial spaces of the other competitors.”

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The FIA had approved Andretti’s application last fall.

F1 has left the door open for Andretti for 2028, stating, “We would look differently on an application for the entry of a team into the 2028 Championship with a GM power unit, either as a GM works team or as a GM customer team designing all allowable components in-house. In this case there would be additional factors to consider in respect of the value that the applicant would bring to the Championship, in particular in respect of bringing a prestigious new OEM to the sport as a PU supplier.”

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Kevin.

It looks like it is time to either sue for entrance or to boycott the US races we have now. They are so concerned about their money that they should not get any American dollars spent on them. This whole thing is a grudge against Andretti. Let the courts and people decide.

gbvette

I’m not an Andretti fan, but I was excited by the prospect of another US F1 team, and hoped that unlike Haas, this one might be a competitive one. It seems awful shortsighted on the part of F1 to turn their backs on someone so well known and popular in the US, not to mention one of the world’s largest automakers.

That said, from what I remember Michael’s behavior didn’t make him many friends during his short lived F1 career 30 years ago. People have long memories and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some old animosity toward him played into F1’s rejection of his team.

I have to think Cadillac F1 is a dead deal now. I can’t imagine GM’s going to be willing to invest millions of dollars to develop an F1 power unit on the thin hopes that the powers that be in F1 “might” look at their application differently four years from now.

Jeremy

Could be an interesting twist if GM tried to lure HAAS into running their cars in F1 if Andretti can’t get in. But I don’t follow F1 enough to know if that’s something that is even remotely possible.

gbvette

I can’t imagine GM wanting to align with Haas considering how dismal Haas’s record in F1 has been. In their 8 or 9 years in F1 they have yet to have a podium (top 3) finish. Also, Haas is pretty tightly tied to Ferrari. Not only do they use Ferrari power units, but they get most of their other driveline components from Ferrari too, instead of developing their own like most other teams do.

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