Andretti is among the top contenders looking to join the Formula 1 grid, with a decision on their entry expected to be announced soon. Existing teams, aware of the potential impact on their future income, have emphasized the need for any new entrant to bring something of value to the table. This sentiment is echoed by F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, who believes that the addition of a new team should benefit the series as a whole.
To strengthen their bid, Andretti has partnered with Cadillac to badge a Renault power unit. However, Frederic Vasseur, the team principal of Alfa Romeo, cautions that simply presenting the project as an all-American endeavor is not sufficient. Vasseur emphasizes that the presence of an American team is already accounted for with Haas in the championship. Instead, he believes success in the United States would be better achieved by nurturing talented American drivers, like the Netherlands’ success with Max Verstappen.
When asked if his perspective would change if a major manufacturer team were to enter F1, Vasseur reiterates the need for any new participant to bring something beneficial to the sport. He asserts that the nationality of a team is not an inherent advantage in itself. The focus should be on the overall value and impact that a new team can bring to the series.
In the midst of discussions about Andretti’s involvement, Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull Racing, expresses skepticism regarding Cadillac’s role in the project. While recognizing General Motors as a reputable brand, Horner questions the extent of their involvement. He suggests that it may be a mere badging exercise, unlike the Ford/Red Bull Powertrains deal, where Ford is not making claims about entering F1.
Horner also highlights the logistical challenges of accommodating an 11th team and the financial implications it may have for the existing 10 teams. The concern is that diluting the resources could impact current teams and the income distribution within the sport, a concern shared by Liberty, the owners of F1. As a result, Horner suggests that a stand-off may occur as teams strive to protect their interests.