After Formula 1 formally rejected the entry application from Andretti to join the F1 grid from 2025, the American motorsports outfit have issued a response to the decision, and as expected, are completely opposed to its findings.
Among the reasoning provided by F1, it was claimed Andretti failed to attend a meeting in December 2023 to further assess their application. F1 also had doubts about Andretti‘s competitiveness, financial stability and the value the brand would add to F1.
F1’s decision was met with strong condemnation from across the motorsport world, and has stirred up considerable debate within the motorsport community, was met with a firm rebuttal from the American motorsport giant.
“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents,” Andretti said in a statement.
“Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organisations committed to placing a genuine American works team in F1, commuting alongside the world’s best.
“We are proud of the significant progress we have already made on developing a highlight competitive car and power unit with an experienced team behind it, and our work continues at pace.
“Andretti Cadillac would like to acknowledge and thank the fans who have expressed their support.”
The response underlines their determination to compete alongside the world’s top motorsport teams, challenging the decision that questioned their preparedness and potential value to the sport.
Highlighting their credentials, Andretti and Cadillac, both with established success in global motorsports, pointed to the significant progress they have made in developing a highly competitive car and power unit.
The mention of an experienced team behind this endeavour showcases their readiness and commitment to the challenge of Formula 1, countering the doubts raised in the original assessment.
The response also sheds light on the ongoing work, stating that their efforts ‘continue at pace’, a clear indication that the rejection has not deterred their Formula 1 aspirations.
This tenacity could resonate with other teams and stakeholders within the Formula 1 community, who may view Andretti Cadillac‘s persistence as a positive sign of the sport’s growth and competitiveness.
Importantly, Andretti Cadillac‘s statement made a point to thank their supporters. The acknowledgment of fan support reflects the global following and enthusiasm for the potential entry of an American team in Formula 1.
Mario Andretti devastated with the decision
Not long after F1’s original decision was released, former F1 world champion Mario Andretti took to X, formally Twitter, in response to the news which underscored the emotional impact of the decision on those closely involved with the bid.
“I’m devastated,” Mario Andretti posted. “I won’t say anything else because I can’t find any other words besides devastated.”
Reasons F1 rejected Andretti’s entry application
- Lack of Immediate Value: The assessment concluded that the addition of an 11th team, in this case, Andretti, would not inherently provide value to the F1 Championship.
- Competitiveness Concerns: There were doubts about Andretti’s ability to be competitive, especially since competing for podiums and race wins is seen as crucial for increasing fan engagement and the F1 Championship’s value.
- Power Unit (PU) Supply Issues: The proposed association with General Motors (GM) did not initially include PU supply. This absence was seen as a drawback, reducing the application’s credibility.
- Regulatory Cycle Challenges: Andretti proposed to build a car under the 2025 regulations and then a completely different car under the 2026 regulations, viewed as a significant challenge for a new entrant.
- Dependency on Rival PU Manufacturer: There were concerns about Andretti’s dependency on a compulsory supply from a rival PU manufacturer, which could potentially limit collaboration and pose intellectual property risks.
- Financial Sustainability Questions: Andretti’s financial sustainability, based on the materials provided, was a point of consideration.
- Operational and Financial Impact: The addition of an 11th team was seen as potentially burdensome operationally for race promoters and not having a material positive effect on the Commercial Rights Holder’s financial results.
- Brand Value Perception: The assessment suggested that F1 would add more value to the Andretti brand than vice versa, indicating a perceived imbalance in the mutual benefit.
- Long-term Viability Concerns: There were doubts about the long-term viability and competitiveness of Andretti, especially in relation to becoming a new Power Unit manufacturer in partnership with GM.