Early last year, Andretti Global and GM announced a new partnership as part of a bid to become the eleventh team in the FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. However, as GM Authority covered late last month, the bid was eventually rejected by Formula One Management (FOM), with FOM stating that one of the reasons the bid was rejected was that an invitation for an in-person meeting about the application was never answered. Now, Andretti Global has stated that the reason it never responded to the in-person invitation is because the invite ended up in the organization’s email spam folder.
According to a recent report from the Associated Press, Andretti Global has responded to the recent FOM rejection document for the sake of clarification, while underlining the organization’s eagerness to join the F1 grid.
“We were not aware that the offer of a meeting had been extended and would not decline a meeting with Formula One Management,” Andretti Global states. “An in-person meeting to discuss commercial matters would be and remains of paramount importance to Andretti Cadillac. We welcome the opportunity to meet with Formula One Management and have written to them confirming our interest.”
In addition to failing to respond to an invitation for an in-person meeting, FOM stated that Andretti team was not expected to be competitive, although the sanctioning body behind the series, the FIA, has determined the team’s technical capabilities to be adequate. FOM also states 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 criticized further for its power unit (engine) selection, as it would run customer power units from 2025 or 2026. Looking ahead, the team’s bid would be reconsidered for the 2028 Championship if the team brought a GM-sourced in-house power unit to competition.
Nevertheless, the Andretti team has already assembled a development team and is building a car.
“Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organizations committed to placing a genuine American works team in F1, competing alongside the world’s best,” the two companies said last week. “We are proud of the significant progress we have already made on developing a highly competitive car and power unit with an experienced team behind it, and our work continues at pace.”