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Andretti building F1 car ‘at pace’ despite recent entry snub

The American racing team are partnering with General Motors and Cadillac in a bid to get on the Formula 1 grid

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Andretti Global are targeting 2028 for their next bid to become F1’s 11th team, with the help of Cadillac and General Motors.

Jim Campbell, General Motors Vice President of Performance and Motorsports (Image Credit: Michael L. Levitt / LAT Images)

Following Formula One Management (FOM)’s recent rejection of Andretti’s formal bid for entry into the sport for 2025 or 2026, the former mentioned the possibility of reapplication by the American outfit for a 2028 bid.

By 2028, an engine supply partnership with Cadillac and parent company General Motors would be ready, turning Andretti into a works team which FOM would look more favourably upon.

General Motors’ Vice President of Performance and Motorsport, Jim Campbell, has now given more insight into the Andretti partnership and its recent progress.

Full steam ahead for 2028 re-entry and touchdown

Speaking at the Daytona International Speedway in the United States, Campbell weighed in on F1’s rejection of their initial application, which would have seen Andretti collaborate with Renault as their engine supplier.

He said: “In terms of our application with Andretti, we feel great about our application.

“The FIA studied it against other applicants, and then gave our application a vote of confidence and approval.”

Despite the FIA greenlighting Andretti’s application, FOM followed up with their rejection, citing that the team would not add “value” to F1 as a sport. Campbell is now asking for a meeting with the rights holders.

He added: “So obviously the FOM made their statement, and we have asked for a follow up meeting with FOM, and so we will work through that.

“We do believe between Andretti and Cadillac that we have got the capability of fielding a competitive entry.”

Whether a subsequent bid is accepted or not, Andretti-Cadillac will continue to develop their 2028 car and the team as a whole to prepare for evaluation and to ensure they field a competitive team for the season.

Campbell concluded: “We are not saying that it is easy, but we do between our two organisations have examples in our history of where we have been successful in other motorsports categories, and that is true of Cadillac and Andretti.

“With that said, our joint teams are continuing to develop our car at pace. So, that is where we are at.”

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