During the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, F1 Initiative unveiled that Rodin was among the three new Formula One (F1) team entries that were eliminated in the final selection round carried out by the FIA. Their objective was to join the F1 grid from 2025 at the earliest but unfortunately, they did not make it.
Rodin’s unfortunate result led Andretti Global to be the sole and remaining contender. At the moment, it is foreseen that the American team will be given the go-ahead by the FIA. However, this is dependent upon whether they can agree on commercial terms with FOM.
Earlier this year, Rodin, the company that ventured into investing in the high-ranking Carlin junior group, never happened to announce its intentions prior to the FIA selection procedure. However, they recently provided additional information on what they initially planned to do.
Last Thursday, Rodin confirmed through a statement that their attempt to join the F1 was unsuccessful. However, they did highlight that their well-thought-out plan merited recognition. They made it clear that they were not aiming to criticize nor re-evaluate the decision made by the FIA, fully accepting and respecting the outcome. Instead, they intended to share information that they believed would be relevant to the Formula 1 community.
As part of their plans, Rodin intended to manufacture its F1 cars at their New Zealand factory. The facility includes a complete engine facility, composite capabilities, and its own test track. It was there that they recently assembled, fabricated, and tested their FZero track car.
They never considered building their F1 engines but hinted an an opportunity for discussions with Ferrari regarding collaboration on its F1 project. It’s uncertain, however, how far these talks with the Maranello organization had progressed.
Notably, Rodin committed to including one female driver as part of its F1 team, eyeing three-time W Series champion Jamie Chadwick as a potential recruit. They stated that they had tested Liam Lawson, Jamie Chadwick, and Louis Sharp at their New Zealand facility using both an F3 car and their own car, the Rodin FZed. They praised Jamie’s performance and confidently stated that they would not hesitate to offer her a seat if she was available.
Furthermore, through its association with Carlin, Rodin had a clear pathway to guide its drivers successfully through the junior series – which participates in F4, GB3, F3, and F2 league races. Contrasting itself with Andretti, which has a long history in U.S. racing, Rodin stated that its program offered a direct path to an F1 drive by participating in UK and European competitions.
Regarding its finances, Rodin was confident that it could fully finance the F1 operation through the personal wealth of its founder, David Dicker, who is reportedly worth over $1 billion.
Despite its setback, Rodin declared it would persist with its other motorsport projects. They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to partake in the FIA process and wished Andretti good luck with their successful bid. They emphasized their commitment to breaking new ground in the world of motorsport and continuing to strive towards excellence in racing.