Michael Andretti has made no secret of the fact that he has ambitions in the premier class. At first he wanted to take over Sauber, but when that didn’t happen, the beacons were postponed. Andretti Autosport wants to enter Formula 1 with its own team and has submitted a formal application to the FIA. That entrance fee Two hundred million dollars shouldn’t be a problem and he already has one of his drivers in mind in Colton Herta. In addition, talks are being held with Renault about supplying engines and the plans are already taking shape.
However, the decisive approval of the FIA is still missing and in Andretti’s eyes it is (too) long in coming. He has repeatedly stated that clarity must be created in the short term in order to reach the year 2024. For its part, the FIA does not appear ready to go immediately, although talks between Andretti and FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem have begun in Miami. “He supports our plans, but there is still a whole process to go through,” said Andretti in the paddock of the Miami International Autodrome. Motorsport.com to know.
Investment in human resources and plant in Indianapolis
“I don’t want to say too much about it now, but the conversation was positive.” Andretti goes on to explain that he is already investing in the Formula 1 team. For example, a factory in Indianapolis is being planned, and construction should ideally start in August. “We’re already spending money to get the ball rolling with the idea that hopefully we’ll get the green light. We’re taking a certain risk with that, but we think it’s worth the risk. We’re hiring people now too a.” In addition to the factory in Indianapolis, Andretti also wants to have a base in England.
Andretti’s plans were not consistently well received in the paddock. Toto Wolff indicated that every newcomer has to prove their added value, and Günther Steiner called ten teams a good number. Andretti logically disagrees with both men: “Ten teams is not a good number at all. I think there will be a new Concorde Agreement in 2025. Red Bull now owns two teams and if they decide to leave you are left with only sixteen. “In my opinion, you can’t race with sixteen cars, but it could be done with eighteen cars. An extra team just gives more leeway,” concludes Andretti.