Greetings from The pit Window’s winter headquarters in sunny Florida. As I predicted in my last blog, big news broke while I was traveling. It never fails.
Andretti Global, Michael Andretti’s F1 organization, has entered into an agreement with GM with the Cadillac brand. The partnership is an attempt to bolster the Andretti F1 bid. GM is trying to grow their brand world wide. Andretti also has an agreement with Renault to use their power plants. A Cadillac branded engine may not appear until 2026, assuming Andretti gets an entry in the world championship series.
While it appears the FIA and President Mohammed Ben Sulayem has opened a period of interest for future entries. He seems ready to welcom the Andretti/Cadillac team to Formula 1.
The FOM, the association of team owners, however, is not as enthusiastic about a new team. They talked about a new entry meeting a standard of competitiveness. Have they noticed Williams or Haas the last few years? Do they remember Minardi? I’m pretty sure Michael Andretti will come in with a first class operation. Like most new teams, there will be growing pains the first few years, but I see the Andretti team scoring points by its second year.
If Formula 1 wants to run three races a year in the United States, they are going to need a team from the United States before the novelty wears off. Drive to survive won’t last forever. Haas is hard to relate to as an American team.
How can Andretti’s entry into F1 help Indycar? It is a longshot, but if Colton Herta drives for the F1 team, but still runs the Indianapolis 500, there could be a boost. The better chance for exposure is having the F1 broadcasters mention that Andretti’s Indycar team will be racing later the same day.
I hope tat F1 allows Andretti to enter their world. think it is