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Domenicali: Andretti ‘not smart’ in approach to F1

The F1 CEO opened up on new teams potentially joining the grid

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F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali discussed the possibility of more teams joining the grid, admitting Andretti’s approach to the sport might not have been the best strategy. 

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali. Image Credit: Formula 1

The possibility of seeing more teams on the grid in the future is a hot topic within the Circus at the moment. In particular, Andretti has expressed interest in an entry as soon as 2026. However, the newcomers have encountered the hostility of teams already present on the grid that believe F1 should safeguard its current financial stability.

Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali opened up on the topic in an interview with Sky Sports F1, maintaining the sport is open to considering new competitors joining the grid:

‘First of all, we are very welcoming of everyone that is bringing value to the racing. I think we need to respect everyone. There are teams like Mario and Michael Andretti being very vocal about their will to enter Formula 1. But in my view [it is] not smart to say that teams are greedy.’

‘There are others that are much less vocal that would like to come into Formula 1, so there is a process to respect and we will make sure together with the FIA that the process will be respected.’

The other possible entrance to which Domenicali refers might be the Panthera Team Asia, which has also recently announced its intention to present an Expression of Interest to the FIA.

The F1 CEO then went on to add: ‘If all the elements are there, they will be very welcome. There are a lot of dimensions to consider and we don’t have to overreact because someone is pushing the system. The process will be done seriously in the right way someone is shouting and someone is not shouting.’

While Domenicali’s opinion remains somewhat neutral with regard to the future, team principals, such as Haas’ Gunther Steiner and Red Bull’s Christian Horner, have been incredibly vocal in stating that there are no certain upsides to more teams. The future of the grid hence seems to continue to remain uncertain.

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