It has been announced that Andretti Autosport, the American racing team owned by former Formula 1 driver and current team owner Michael Andretti, will be working together with General Motors to bid for a spot on the Formula 1 grid. The team, which would be known as “Andretti Cadillac Racing,” would see the Cadillac name join the grid as a constructor.
However, it should be noted that a new team entering Formula 1 is a complex process and would require agreement from both the sport’s governing body, the FIA, and the current teams on the grid. Additionally, due to the way the sport’s regulations are currently structured, it would not be possible for the team to join the grid until the start of the 2026 season at the earliest.
Despite these obstacles, Michael Andretti is confident that the partnership with General Motors and the proposal of a “true American bid” will be appealing to the FIA and current teams in Formula 1. Andretti, who raced for McLaren, Ferrari, and his own team during his career, has a wealth of experience in the sport and is no stranger to success, with his team having won multiple championships in IndyCar and Global RallyCross.
The partnership with General Motors would also bring significant resources to the table, with the American automotive giant having a long history of success in motorsports. GM has previously competed in a variety of motorsports disciplines, including NASCAR, IndyCar, and endurance racing.
The partnership between Andretti Autosport and General Motors is not the first time that American companies have expressed an interest in joining Formula 1. In recent years, there have been several failed attempts by American-based teams to enter the sport, with the most notable being the proposed “USF1” team that was set to join the grid in 2010 but ultimately failed to materialize.
It’s hard to say what impact the Andretti Cadillac Racing team would have on the sport if their bid is successful. However, the team’s presence on the grid would likely bring increased attention from American fans and sponsors, as well as showcasing American engineering and technology in one of the most competitive and technologically advanced motorsports in the world.
The bid of Andretti Cadillac Racing is an exciting development for American fans of Formula 1, and it will be interesting to see how the proposal is received by the FIA and current teams on the grid. Michael Andretti’s experience in the sport and the resources of General Motors make this a proposal that should not be underestimated. Only time will tell if it will be successful, but it’s clear that the team is determined to make it happen and bring the American name back to the Formula 1 grid.