The American team was approved by the FIA but faces opposition from F1
Michael Andretti is not worried about opposition from Formula 1 as he looks to continue his campaign to join the premier class of open-wheel racing by 2025.
Not since 2016 have 11 teams featured on the grid, since the departure of MRT, or simply ‘Manor’, but several new teams want in on the sport.
This is thanks to a renewed interest in the sport following the 2021 title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, further supported by the popular ‘Drive To Survive’ series on Netflix.
Hitech, Rodin Carlin and LKYSUNZ reportedly expressed interests to join the sport but faced rejection from the governing body, the FIA, whilst Andretti Global received the green light to move to the next stage.
“At the moment we’re still shooting for 2025,” Andretti said at the United States Grand Prix weekend.
“Our car is actually going to be in a wind tunnel next week so we have a car already built up in 2023 spec.”
“We’re flat out, we’re building a team. At the moment it’s 2025, could be 2026, but we’ll see.”
F1 teams are concerned about Andretti
Much of F1’s current grid opposes the entry, with Williams Racing voicing particular concern due to the potential dilution of income across an 11th team despite the back of the grid already struggling to be profitable.
“It becomes clear why we’re very careful about diluting what we’ve already got, because it’s just more losses on the table,” James Vowles, team principal of Williams, said.
“We’ve been clear from the beginning. We’re more than happy to bring in new entities, but the pie has to grow as a result of it, not shrink. So far, it’s just shrinking.
“For clarity on that, that’s not against either Andretti or General Motors (GM), quite the opposite.
“I welcome GM open arms and Williams welcomes GM with open arms and I hope to forge a relationship with them should things work out.”
Andretti would be required to fork out 200m dollars to pay for an ‘anti-dilution’ fee to ensure that the smaller budget teams remain protected with a new addition and Michael Andretti believes that they will help the sport grow further.
“I don’t know, It’s a mystery to me in some ways, why they’re pushing back,” he said to Sky Sports.
“They say we’re slicing the pie, but I think the point is, hopefully, we bring in more than we’re taking away, and we really believe that.
“If you look at the fan support on all of the surveys that have been done, we think that we’re going to add to it, not take away.”