GM joins Michael Andretti’s Formula One bid; wants to race the Cadillac brand in F1

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Michael Andretti gained a major ally in his quest to join F1 as General Motors announced Thursday morning its desire to race in Formula One with GM Racing’s Cadillac brand joining Andretti Global.

Michael Andretti, who has been trying since 2021 to enter Formula One, held a news conference with GM president Mark Reuss. If the team is approved, it would be the first entry into F1 for GM. Reuss said it was Andretti’s interest that spurred GM’s involvement and had him “over the moon” about how things had evolved “in a positive manner.”

Andretti Global, which has been building a new headquarters in Fishers, Indiana, has been aiming to enter Formula One with the 2024 season.

Andretti said there remained no timetable for entry, which would depend on the selection process (known as “the expression of interest”) with the FIA. “We all want to be on track as soon as we can be on track,” Andretti said.

Though the bid has hit some snags (and caused frustration for racing legend Mario Andretti, who went public with the bid a year ago), Michael Andretti said having the support of GM “checked the last box” for a full-fledged F1 bid because the team “would be bringing a tremendous amount of support to Formula One.”

Andretti expressed confidence that the bid would be successful with the support of FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem. Andretti said he felt “very confident” he was “ahead of the competition” from other teams vying to enter F1.

“He is a racer and understands the importance of that for the series itself,” Andretti said of Ben Sulayem. “We feel very confident once the experession of interest goes out, having a great partnership with Cadillac, we have a very good shot of checking every box and being on the grid very very soon.”

Andretti said the team already has done much of the hiring for its F1 team, adding several main engineers and a technical director whom would be announced “down the road.” Andretti said his plan remains to have an American driver for the U.S.-based team with Colton Herta a leading candidate.

Herta recently signed a contract extension with the Andretti Autosport IndyCar team.

Michael Andretti said the partnership with Cadillac leading to an entry to F1 could be “the biggest story of the year” in motorsports.

“It happened naturally, and the great thing is GM has great resources and people ready to get up and running even quicker,” he said. “We’re in a really good position right now.”

Reuss said GM would provide technical support to Andretti’s F1 team for aerodynamics, chassis and combustion from a base in Warren, Michigan, and its racing technical center in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

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