Andretti’s spam folder might have intervened with its F1 bid

New information about Andretti’s failed Formula 1 bid has come to light, as disagreements between Andretti Formula Racing and F1 continue. 

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Dissent between Formula 1 and Andretti continues, following F1’s decision to reject Andretti Formula Racing’s application to join the grid as an 11th team. 

As further information regarding the circumstances of Andretti’s rejection was revealed, it has transpired that an in-person meeting was never held by the two organisations, though not for a lack of trying.

In the full statement outlining the reason behind F1’s decision to reject Andretti’s bid, F1 stated that it had extended an invitation to an in-person meeting to Andretti in December 2023. It added, “the applicant did not take us up on this offer”.

Staff at Andretti’s Indianapolis-based office have since found the invitation to this meeting. The email – sent by F1 back in December – had gone straight to Andretti’s spam folder.

Andretti, in a press release issued in response to F1’s decision, emphasised that it had been unaware of any invitation extended by the sport.

“We were not aware that the offer of a meeting had been extended and would not decline a meeting with Formula One Management,” they said. “An in-person meeting to discuss commercial matters would be and remains of paramount importance to Andretti Cadillac.”

Andretti: Our work continues at pace

Whilst F1 has laid out the reason for its rejection of Andretti in clear terms, Andretti remains committed to its attempts to join the sport. 

F1 cited a perceived lack of competitiveness as a major reason behind its rejection of the Andretti bid. In a statement released by the sport, F1 wrote: “Our assessment process has established that the presence of an 11th team would not, on its own, provide value to the Championship.”

“The most significant way in which a new entrant would bring value is by being competitive. We do not believe that [Andretti] would be a competitive participant.”

Formula 1 added that it believed there is little basis for a new team to be admitted to the grid in 2025. Andretti, in a detailed response to the decision, disputed this specific point. 

“When Andretti Cadillac entered into the FIA expression of interest process almost a year ago, the preferred first year of participation was indicated as 2025,” the Andretti statement read.

“The FIA approved our application, with no specific limitation on whether the entry was for 2025 or 2026. Andretti Cadillac has been operating with 2026 as the year of entry for many months now. The technicality of 2025 still being part of the application is a result of the length of this process.”

Although the team has stressed that its work to join the grid remains ongoing, it is as unclear what Andretti’s next move will be.

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