'Strongly Disagree': Andretti Officially Responds To F1's Rejection

by Adam OndrikSaturday, 03 February 2024 at 08:00
Updated at Saturday, 03 February 2024 at 10:41
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Andretti Cadillac issued an official response in relation to the rejection of their bid to enter Formula 1 as the 11th team.
Andretti Cadillac has been trying for quite a while and has invested a lot of resources into doing everything it can to join Formula 1 in the position of 11th team.
However, their application has been rejected by F1's management in the recent few days, saying the presence of the 11th team on the grid would not provide additional value to the Championship. Andretti's official response read:

"Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents."

Formula 1 also stated that entering the sport as another customer team (the team that has to supply power units from others) would "be damaging to the prestige and standing of the Championship."
It was suggested that the American team wouldn't be able to compete for the title and could run at the back of the midfield at best, which is not exactly bringing value. The official response continued:

“Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organisations committed to placing a genuine American works team in F1, competing alongside the world’s best."

Andretti just lately shared news about their progress with the model of their F1 car in the wind tunnel. The team has already recruited more than 50 members and continues growing.

“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."

While the majority of F1 teams and management try to avoid taking on another team, many fans expressed their support for Andretti. The statement concluded:

"Andretti Cadillac would also like to acknowledge and thank the fans who have expressed their support." 

Many imagine Andretti would be competitive, which is exactly what Formula 1 disagrees with. On the other hand, the management is open to the possibility of allowing Andretti to join the grid as a team that produces its own power units in 2028.