Cadillac is vying to join the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship racing series as the eleventh team on the grid, with the luxury marque recently announcing a partnership with Michael Andretti’s Andretti Global. However, the new proposal was reportedly met with negative reactions from current F1 teams.
Per a recent report from Reuters, which cites a senior F1 team figure, a “strong majority” of F1 teams were against adding Cadillac and Andretti Global to the series, saying that the move would dilute the share of revenues. What’s more, Reuters says that the senior figure characterized GM’s involvement in F1 as a “badging exercise,” rather than a full manufacturer commitment, adding that the $200 million entry fee was not enough compensation for the other teams.
F1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali, a former team principle at the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, commented last year that expanding the F1 team list was “not a priority.” Last May, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff commented that the “value of Formula One is that it’s a limited amount of franchises and we don’t want to dilute that value by just adding teams.”
According to an F1 spokesman, any new entrant to the series required approval from both F1 and the series’ governing body, the FIA. Meanwhile, FIA boss Mohammed Ben Sulayem took to social media to comment on the situation, tweeting that it was “surprising” that the proposed Cadillac / Andretti team entry had been met with an adverse reaction. It’s been suggested that Ben Sulayem’s comments hint at growing tension between the FIA and F1’s commercial rights holders, Liberty Media, plus current F1 teams.
“The @FIA has accepted the entries of smaller, successful organisations in recent years. We should be encouraging prospective F1 entries from global manufacturers like @GM and thoroughbred racers like Andretti and others,” Ben Sulayem wrote, adding, “Interest from teams in growth markets adds diversity and broadens @F1’s appeal.”
Critically, even if Cadillac is finally accepted, the process of actually joining F1 is lengthy, with insiders indicating that a new team accepted now would not be able to compete until 2026.