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Andretti: Goal is F3, F2 and WEC teams to back unique F1 team

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Michael Andretti continues to make a case to be the 11th Formula 1 team despite rejection from Formula One Management (FOM) and the nine (Red Bull and VCARB are one) current organisations claiming to be the pinnacle of the sport.

During the launch of Andretti Global’s new Silverstone 40,000 sq.ft. base, Michael and Mario were on hand to reveal plans to grow the organisation while, along with support from General Motors, aiming to turn their bid into an offer F1 can no longer refuse.

Regarding the purpose of the UK base, Andretti revealed: “This is going to be mainly for F1, these two facilities, but we also want to bring in our Formula E team and start integrating it here.

“Our goal is to have an F3/F2 team to help support the F1 team, and then maybe even a WEC team. So we want to make this our hub for European racing, so a lot of cool plans in this area,” explained Michael.

The goal is to have Renault power from 2026 onwards, to gain experience for the team operationally before the GM-built F1 Power Unit powers their cars in 2028. That’s the first prize for the cause which was given the nod by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) F1’s governing body which can grant entries to up to 12 teams.

Andretti got the nod from the FIA after doing an extensive due diligence study on what value the American team bid would bring F1. They saw the light and did what was best for the sport. Except the nine elitist racing organisations running the ‘ten’ teams closed ranks.

In October 2023, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem announced: “The FIA is obliged to approve applications that comply with the Expressions of Interests application requirements and we have adhered to that procedure in deciding that Andretti Formula Racing LLC’s application would proceed to the next stage of the application process.

“In taking that decision, the FIA is acting in accordance with EU directives on motorsport participation and development. Andretti Formula Racing LLC was the only entity which fulfils the selection criteria that was set in all material respects. I congratulate Michael Andretti and his team on a thorough submission,” added Ben Sulayem.

Michael: This is something that’s going to be unique to F1

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But FOM was not interested, citing: “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.”

“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 (original equipment manufacturer) to the sport as a PU supplier,” the report added.

It is clear Andretti is not taking “No” for an answer as the goal for their mega-racing team is clear: “F1 is obviously the pinnacle of auto racing in the world. We’re in all different types of racing series.

“To be in F1 is at the top and so that’s why I think for our brand, it’d be huge. It’ll just complete our goal, and that is to be in every single major sporting racing event in the world. And then obviously, getting to F1 is the top of that.

“It’s been a goal of ours for a few years now and we feel very strongly that we’re going to be there. We’re building a fantastic team as well, this is something that’s going to be unique to F1, to build a real F1 team from scratch with great brains.

“This is something that I think could catch a lot of people off-guard when we do finally get on the grid,” predicted Andretti, whose F1 bid is on par with the return of Mercedes to F1 in 2010, and the revival of the Aston Martin brand at the pinnacle of the sport.

While the question of “what value?” will Andretti bring to the F1 circus has lost any sense of credence amid the embarrassing operations Williams, Alpine and Haas have become and Sauber await Audi’s salvation starting in 2026.

Big Question: What more must Andretti do to be taken seriously by F1?