Andretti’s automotive partner General Motors has commented on F1 rejecting the entry of the Andretti-Cadillac team until, at the earliest, 2028.
At the end of January, F1 issued a statement confirming that, for now, the owner of the commercial rights of the sport has no intention of entering the growing Andretti-Cadillac on the national grid, despite the FIA approving the American team as passing its initial assessments.
Andretti, led by Michael Andretti and after forming a partnership with the big car company General Motors through the Cadillac brand, has not given up on the project and is still preparing its performance with a view to entering the year 2026.
General Motors responds to F1 rejection
A lengthy rejection letter issued by F1 cast doubt on the project’s competitive viability, and also highlighted that Andretti would need to invoke regulatory legislation to force the existing engine supplier to supply the engine until Cadillac had the power unit ready. for use.
However, F1 has left a small olive branch to be extended, indicating Andretti and Cadillac could be beneficial to the grid once Cadillac has a power unit ready for use by Andretti and other customer teams.
While Andretti has issued a statement in response to F1’s rejection, General Motors executive vice president and motorsport Jim Campbell has commented on the matter.
Campbell said GM, along with Andretti, have full confidence that – contrary to F1’s stated argument – Andretti can build a competitive car from the get-go.
“In terms of our application with Andretti, we feel good about our application,” Campbell said. as quoted by Motorsport.comfrom Daytona.
“The FIA examined it against other applicants and then gave our application a vote of confidence and approval.
“So, obviously, the FOM made their statement, and we have requested a follow-up meeting with the FOM, and so we will work on it.
“We believe between Andretti and Cadillac that we have the ability to put together a competitive entry.
“We’re not saying it’s easy but we have, between our two organizations, we have examples in our history of where we’ve been successful in other racing categories, and that’s true with Cadillac and Andretti.
“In addition, our collective teams continue to develop our car rapidly. So, that’s where we are.”
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General Motors ‘confident in the utility and capabilities of Andretti and Cadillac’
While F1’s rejection letter suggested that Andretti and Cadillac were underestimating the level of engineering and sporting challenge ahead of them, especially with the upcoming 2026 separate regulation, Campbell said GM was not offended by the stance taken by F1.
“As I said, we believe in the application we submitted,” he said.
“And in that application, we described Andretti’s capabilities as a racing team and Cadillac as a manufacturing and engineering entity.
“Therefore, we are confident in the application and request a meeting with the FOM.”
But, given that F1 indicated that the team could be approved based on Cadillac’s readiness, Campbell said the regulations set by the FIA - who approved the entry – prevented the manufacturer from moving their forward schedules from having the engine ready for 2028.
“When you register to be a power unit, there is a deadline to do so, and for us, it was last June for 2028,” he said.
“If you wanted to build an engine early, then you would have to register the previous year for that. So, it’s just a rule.”
The latest official statement from Andretti confirmed that their work on preparing the car for entry as soon as 2026, is “progressing apace”.
“We were not aware that the offer of a meeting had been extended and we would not have refused a meeting with Formula One Management,” the statement said.
“The face-to-face meeting to discuss business matters will be and remains very important to Andretti Cadillac.
“We welcome the opportunity to meet Formula One Management and have written to them to confirm our interest.”
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