Early last year, General Motors and Andretti Global announced a new partnership in a bid to enter the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. Now, after a lengthy application process, Formula One Management has announced that the team’s bid to enter the championship in 2025 and become the 11th entry on the grid was rejected. However, it’s possible that the Andretti team may be able to join around 2028.
Per a report from motorsport.com, which cites a statement from F1, the assessment process found that the addition of an 11th team to the race grid “would not, on its own, provide value to the championship.”
“The most significant way in which a new entrant would bring value is by being competitive. We do not believe that the applicant would be a competitive participant,” the F1 statement reads, referencing the Andretti racing team.
Although the sanctioning body behind F1, the FIA, found Andretti’s technical capabilities to be adequate for competition, the new team was required to reach a commercial deal with F1’s owner, Liberty Media, before it would be allowed to compete.
The recent statement from F1 also stated that adding another team to the grid would “place an operational burden on race promoters, would subject some of them to significant costs, and would reduce the technical, operational and commercial spaces of the other competitors.”
The Andretti team bid was also criticized for its power unit (engine) selection, as the team would be required to run customer power units from 2025 or 2026, which was considered a bad move for the overall health of the championship. However, that could change if Andretti partners with Cadillac for a GM-sourced power unit.
“We would look differently on an application for the entry of a team into the 2028 Championship with a GM power unit, either as a GM works team or as a GM customer team designing all allowable components in-house,” F1 states.