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Formula 1 reject 11th team Andretti Cadillac in unprecedented move after FIA approval

Formula 1 have made the unprecedented decision of rejecting an 11th team, despite their governing body’s [FIA] approval.

The FIA had already green-lighted the Andretti Cadillac project last year, but in a lengthy refusal, F1 concluded that the American team would not be competitive and not add value to the series.


Andretti have been making moves for years but their latest setback will be hard to take

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Andretti, backed by former F1 champion Mario, has had huge success across numerous motorsport series, and the additional backing of automotive giants Cadillac seemed like it could get them over the hill.

However, despite the FIA giving them the go-ahead, F1 itself feels a 2025 or 2026 entry would be of detriment to the series as a whole.

Team principals have been incredibly vocal against the idea of an 11th team, with names as big as Christian Horner and Toto Wolff suggesting that diluting the financial pot further would be bad for the sport.

However, in their rejection, F1 didn’t close the door completely, saying that they would ‘look differently’ on a 2028 application that involved Cadillac owners General Motors providing their own engine.

They said: “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 [power unit] supplier.”

Despite ending with that soft blow, the statement in its entirety was relatively damning.

Revealing that Andretti Cadillac rejected an offer to discuss their application in person, they went on to question the logic of building two new cars for 2025, the year before a huge regulation overhaul in 2026.

F1 added: “The most significant way in which a new entrant would bring value is by being competitive. We do not believe that the Applicant would be a competitive participant.


Andretti are already a huge name outside of F1 and now want to join the party

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“While the Andretti name carries some recognition for F1 fans, our research indicates that F1 would bring value to the Andretti brand rather than the other way around.

“On the basis of the application as it stands, we do not believe that the Applicant has shown that it would add value to the Championship. We conclude that the Applicant’s application to participate in the Championship should not be successful.”

Andretti Autosport is owned by Michael, the son of 1978 F1 champion Mario, and they have had success across numerous series.

Winners in IndyCar, Formula E and Extreme E, among others, the team are instantly recognisable outside of F1, but will now likely have to re-think their entry into motorsport’s premier series.


Source: TalkSport.com Motorsport