Breaking News: FIA Greenlights 11th Formula 1 Team - A Game Changer!

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Breaking News: FIA Greenlights 11th Formula 1 Team – A Game Changer!

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For years, Michael Andretti, the son of the 1978 Formula 1 champion and motorsport icon Mario Andretti, has been diligently working on multiple endeavors to establish an 11th F1 team.

Today, Andretti Global, in collaboration with General Motors, has received the official green light from the FIA, the authoritative body overseeing elite motorsport. This means they are now cleared to join the grid, pending approval from the commercial rights holders, Formula One Management.

“FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stated, ‘The FIA is obligated to endorse applications that meet the requirements outlined in the Expressions of Interests application. We have meticulously followed this process in determining that Andretti Formula Racing LLC’s application is eligible to progress to the next phase.’

“In making this decision, the FIA is in line with the directives set forth by the EU regarding participation and advancement in motorsport.

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Sulayem emphasized, ‘Andretti Formula Racing LLC was the sole entity that met the selection criteria in all significant aspects. I extend my congratulations to Michael Andretti and his team for their comprehensive submission.’

Michael Andretti, a former competitor for McLaren Racing in 1993, expressed his gratitude, stating, ‘We value the FIA’s thorough, transparent, and comprehensive evaluation process and are immensely thrilled to have the chance to compete in such an esteemed and historically significant championship.’

“‘The establishment of this uniquely American team is a moment of great pride for our employees and fans. We firmly believe that Andretti Cadillac’s extensive racing expertise and the technological advancements derived from racing will not only benefit our customers but also enhance global enthusiasm for F1.’

“Andretti Global, in partnership with General Motors, is set to vie under the Cadillac brand, with plans to include at least one American driver. This potentially opens the door for Williams Racing’s newcomer Logan Sargeant, and offers an opportunity for Red Bull’s promising talent Liam Lawson.

Additionally, Alpine, under the ownership of Renault, has committed to supplying engines should the Andretti-Cadillac F1 team make it to the grid in 2025.

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In February, the FIA initiated a formal application process, seeking new teams interested in joining either in 2025, 2026, or 2027.

As mentioned earlier by Sulayem, Andretti Global stands as the sole applicant to progress beyond the second stage of this formal application. Other hopeful teams, including Rodin Carlin, Hitech, and Asia’s LKYSUNZ, have fallen short in their recent bids. Perhaps they’ll have another chance in the future.

As of now, Formula 1 boasts 10 active teams, with a maximum cap of 12 outfits allowed, including the 2025 season, as per the current Concorde Agreement, which governs the rules and administration of this elite motorsport.

Reference

https://www.bosshunting.com.au/sport/f1/michael-andretti-cadillac-f1-team/

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