General Motors has been in the thick of the battle to break into Formula One racing, and it might just happen, thanks to a partnership with Cadillac and Andretti Global, which has shown promise thus far.
However, according to a recent report from AP, GM was allegedly asked to consider teaming up with an entity other than Andretti. In fact, the automaker was approached by the F1 sanctioning body itself with the request. GM, of course, did not heed the inquiry, and has moved forward with plans to compete in F1 with Andretti at the helm.
The last time team owner Michael Andretti competed in F1 was three decades ago in 1993, during which he competed in 13 races without much to show for it. Obviously, he wants to turn things around, and has been relentlessly pursuing an F1 bid alongside GM.
GM’s application proceeded to the next stage, having been approved by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), with the Cadillac Andretti team being the only one of four to have advanced this far. The process began in February 2023 when the FIA asked for “Expressions of Interest” from teams interested in becoming the 11th F1 team.
For the next phase, GM and Andretti are seeking approval from F1 itself, which has apparently been rather slow with its response. F1 indicated that it would “now conduct our own assessment of the merits of the (Andretti) application,” but has provided no further updates regarding the status of the application.
Andretti Global has already built a race car with intent to test in the near future, putting it through its paces at a wind tunnel in Germany, demonstrating that it is serious about competing. Additionally, Andretti himself and representatives of his race team attended the Texas Grand Prix earlier this year to kick up interest – even though F1 itself doesn’t seem to want him around.