DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Andretti has filed an application to field a Formula 1 team starting in 2024.
The filing with the FIA, F1’s governing body, was revealed on Twitter on Friday by Andretti’s father Mario. The 1978 F1 champion wrote: “Andretti Global has the resources and checks every box. He awaits the decision of the FIA.
Andretti Autosport initially declined to comment on Mario Andretti’s post. The team then reversed its position and confirmed that an application had been submitted to the FIA. No other details were revealed.
Mario Andretti openly supported his son’s efforts to develop the racing organization and enter the best motorsport series in the world. Michael Andretti drove one season in F1 in 1993.
Mario Andretti is second on IndyCar’s career win list and Michael Andretti is fourth. Michael Andretti currently owns teams competing in IndyCar, IMSA, Formula E and Extreme E. The IndyCar season opens next weekend.
Michael Andretti tried last year to buy the existing Alfa Romeo team and bring American driver Colton Herta to F1. But the deal fell apart in a disagreement over what Andretti called “control issues”. A team’s application submitted directly to the FIA could accelerate its attempts to enter the series.
Herta, who turns 22 next month, is expected to challenge for the IndyCar championship this season. He wants to at least try F1 and that was his original career path until he returned from Europe ahead of the 2017 season.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to do Formula 1,” Herta said last month. “I think people forget that I’m 21 and I can come back in five years and still race 15 years in IndyCar and be 40. So I would really like to give it a try if I get the chance.
“But I’m definitely not disappointed in IndyCar at all. I love this series more than any series in the world and I really enjoy racing there.
Herta has six career wins over three seasons and finished third in the 2020 season standings. He finished fifth last season and is the defending winner on the streets of St. Petersburg, where IndyCar opens next Sunday.
Herta drove the final leg of the winning class last month in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, then traveled to Sweden to compete alongside Jimmie Johnson for the United States in the Race of Champions. The duo finished a surprising second.
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