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Andretti has partnered with General Motors with the aim of entering Formula 1 which, if successful, would also see the famed Cadillac name join the grid.
Team owner Michael Andretti has lobbied the FIA, F1’s governing body, to expand the grid to 20 cars and pushed ahead with his plans despite a failed bid to buy Sauber in 2021 and resistance from F1 teams who argued that an 11th team would dilute their income.
Today, in the wake of FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem opening the door for new teams to join the grid, a collaboration between one of America’s most successful racing teams and its most major automaker has been announced.
Andretti’s main headquarters would be in Indiana while General Motors would be their engine and manufacturing partner, with the GM Cadillac brand to be part of the entry. The team would be known as Andretti Cadillac Racing.
Sky Sports News understands there would be no chance of a new entry before 2026, as other interested parties explore F1 apart from Andretti.
“Today’s news from the United States is further proof of the popularity and growth of the FIA Formula One World Championship under the management of the FIA,” Ben Sulaymn said after the Andretti’s announcement.
“It’s especially nice to have the interest of two iconic brands such as General Motors Cadillac and Andretti Global.
“Any additional entries would build on the positive acceptance of the FIA PU 2026 regulations among OEMs, which has already attracted an entry from Audi.
“Any expression of interest process will follow strict FIA protocol and will take several months.”
A statement from F1 added: “We all want to ensure that the championship remains credible and stable and any new entrant applications will be assessed against criteria to achieve these objectives by all relevant stakeholders.
“Any request for a new entrant requires the agreement of F1 and the FIA.”