In a recent interview with Forbes, Andretti characterized the negative reaction as prioritizing self-interest over the growth and wellbeing of the series.
“It’s all about money,” Andretti told Forbes. “First, they think they are going to get diluted one-tenth of their prize money, but they also get very greedy thinking we will take all the American sponsors as well.”
As GM Authority reported previously, Andretti Global and Cadillac recently announced a partnership to form a new F1 entry, possibly dropping in as the eleventh team on the grid. However, in response to the announcement, it was reported that a “strong majority” of F1 teams were against Cadillac and Andretti Global entering the series.
Despite the pushback from rival teams, some key players support the idea, including Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who serves as the head of the FIA, the governing body that oversees F1. In posts to social media, Ben Sulayem commented that he was surprised that the proposed Cadillac / Andretti team entry was met with an adverse reaction.
“We should be encouraging prospective F1 entries from global manufacturers like @GM and thoroughbred racers like Andretti and others,” Ben Sulayem wrote in a tweet, adding, “Interest from teams in growth markets adds diversity and broadens @F1’s appeal.”
The comments hint at possible tension between the FIA and F1’s commercial rights holders, Liberty Media, as well as the current F1 teams.
“President Mohammad is looking out for the future of the sport,” Andretti told Forbes. “Mohammad gets it.”
Looking ahead, the proposed Cadillac / Andretti team entry will require approval from both F1 and the FIA before it can enter the series. Even if approved, lengthy admission protocols mean that a new team would not be able to compete until 2026 at the earliest.