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As the American Andretti Autosport team aims for entry into Formula 1, Michael Andretti quickly declared his team’s partnership with General Motors through Cadillac after Ben Sulayem announced the opening of a “Expressions of Interest” process for prospective future teams to join the grid.

The sport itself responded calmly to the news of Andretti’s proposed proposal. Insisting that Formula 1 itself as well as the FIA should also agree to new competitors on the circuit.

Formula 1 has responded with. “There is great interest in the F1 project at this time with several conversations continuing that are not as visible as others,”

“We all want to ensure the championship remains credible and stable and any new entrant request will be assessed on criteria to meet those objectives by all the relevant stakeholders.

“Any new entrant request requires the agreement of both F1 and the FIA.”

The FIA president aims to broaden the Formula 1 layout. Along with bringing the series into “growth markets” like the United States. Ben Sulayem wrote on social media after the announcement that the news was “welcome” from his perspective. The addition of a second American team in the form of Andretti-Cadillac would do wonders for the series’ cause in the United States.

The FIA president believes the Andretti and Cadillac entry should be encouraged rather than rejected. Despite some suspicion about an 11th team joining the grid, not least from the existing Formula 1 team who are concerned about sharing their income with one another. 

“It is surprising that there has been some adverse reaction to the Cadillac and Andretti news,” Ben Sulayem posted in a statement on social media.

Fatima Kazi

Fatima Kazi is a Sports enthusiast, covering all the latest sports around the world for Streaming Digitally.

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