Despite FOM Rejection, Cadillac Not Giving Up on F1 Bid With Andretti

Jackson Wheeler
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General Motors is not giving up on its bid with Andretti Global to enter an 11th team in Formula 1.

Despite the recent, and rather harsh, rejection of the Andretti Cadillac F1 bid, GM is still moving forward with testing and development of an F1 car. The bid was originally approved by the sanctioning body FIA, before ultimately being rejected by Formula One Management in January.

The Andretti application can be resubmitted, the FOM says, for 2028. Andretti was hoping to join the grid by 2026, and it was moving forward with the idea it could be ready by 2025.

The team planned to lease power units from an existing F1 engine supplier until moving to GM power in 2028. Renault was the most rumored tie in with Andretti to bridge that gap.

“In terms of our application with Andretti, we feel great about our application,” said Campbell, when asked on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. “The FIA studied it against other applicants, and then gave our application a vote of confidence and approval.

“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.

“We are not saying that it is easy, but we do between our two organizations 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.”

Campbell was asked if he or GM felt “insulted” by rebuke, and especially about FOM’s assertion that the new entry would not be competitive in F1.

“As I said, we believe in the application we submitted,” he said. “And in that application we articulated the abilities of both Andretti as a race team, and Cadillac as a manufacturing and engineering entity.

“So, we feel confident in the application and are asking for a meeting with FOM.”

When asked if Cadillac’s own F1 power unit could be ready any earlier than 2028, Campbell said that they were bound by F1’s rules.

“When you register to be a power unit, there is a deadline to do that, and for us it was last June for 2028,” he said.“If you wanted to develop an engine sooner, then you would have had to register the previous year for that. So, it’s simply a regulation.”

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Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and MLive Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek in 2011. He won several Michigan Associated Press and national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for auto racing coverage and was named the 2000 Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club’s Michigan Motorsports Writer of the Year. A Michigan native, Mike spent three years after college working in southwest Florida before realizing that the land of Disney and endless summer was no match for the challenge of freezing rain, potholes and long, cold winters in the Motor City.

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