FIA Grants Andretti Cadillac Permission to Compete in Formula 1
Andretti Global, led by Michael Andretti, has received the green light from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to enter the Formula 1 (F1) championship starting from the 2025-26 season. However, their participation is contingent upon reaching a satisfactory commercial agreement with Formula One Management (FOM), the commercial rights holder for F1.
The FIA has diligently assessed Andretti’s application for several months and recently announced that the team is the sole candidate to progress to the third stage of the final selection process, which involves F1 commercial rights holders.
Andretti plans to form a partnership with General Motors’ iconic Cadillac brand, entering the competition as Andretti Cadillac. The request for entry appears to have been made by Andretti Formula Racing. While the FIA has expressed satisfaction with Andretti’s application, meeting all the established criteria, it does not guarantee the team a spot on the grid.
To secure their place, Andretti must now negotiate a favorable commercial agreement with FOM. It is important to note that there has been a historical reluctance to expand the grid beyond the existing 10 teams. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has consistently emphasized the need for any new team to bring clear added value to the championship.
“As we always say, we have to ensure that the decision is in the best interest of the business,” Domenicali stated prior to the summer break. “This is an obligation that the FIA and we must fulfill together. Therefore, the final decision will be made in the coming months.”
Domenicali’s statement followed F1’s unofficial confirmation of Andretti’s potential entry after taking note of the FIA’s conclusions regarding the first and second stages of the evaluation process. FIA President Mohamed bin Sulayem emphasized the thoroughness of the selection process, accounting for the extended duration since its initiation in February.
While rumors circulate regarding possible legal action if a commercial agreement cannot be reached, bin Sulayem emphasized the FIA’s adherence to strict participation criteria. “From the onset of the expression of interest process, the FIA made it clear that there would be strict criteria for participation,” he affirmed. “Our objective was to approve only those applicants who meet the criteria and demonstrate their ability to add value to the sport.”
Andretti Formula Racing LLC emerged as the sole entity to meet the selection criteria comprehensively. Michael Andretti expressed his congratulations and gratitude, stating, “Andretti Cadillac is honored by the FIA’s approval of Andretti Formula Racing’s Expression of Interest in the Formula 1 World Championship. We greatly appreciate the FIA’s thorough, transparent, and rigorous evaluation process. The opportunity to compete in such a historic and prestigious championship fills us with pride.”
Andretti acknowledged the significance of creating an all-American team and its positive impact on employees, fans, and product quality. The team aims to engage with all F1 stakeholders as they progress towards joining the grid in the foreseeable future.
To secure their spot on the F1 grid, teams must demonstrate their sporting, technical, and financial capabilities while also presenting plans for sustainability and positive social impact. In the latest evaluation stage, only four teams reached the second phase, with Rodin Carlin, Hitech, and Asian hard worker LKYSUNZ recently notified that they did not progress to the final selection phase.
The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has given Andretti Cadillac permission to compete in F1 from 2025-26, provided they reach a commercial agreement with FOM. The FIA has been analyzing the statement of intent for F1 entry from 2025 for several months, and has finally published the results. In a statement released on Monday, it said Andretti was the only candidate to progress to the third stage of the final selection process, which involves F1 commercial rights holders.
Andretti Global, Michael Andretti’s entry into F1, plans to partner with General Motors’ Cadillac brand and enter the race as Andretti Cadillac. According to this publication, the request appears to have been made by Andretti Formula Racing. However, while the FIA is happy with Andretti’s application and believes it meets all the criteria set by the FIA, that does not mean the team is guaranteed a place on the grid. Andretti now needs to secure a satisfactory commercial agreement with FOM, and there has long been a known reluctance to expand the field beyond 10 teams. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has consistently said that any new F1 team needs to bring clear added value to the championship. “As we always say, we have to make sure the decision is the right one for the business,” said Domenicali before the summer break. “And I believe that this is an obligation that the FIA and we must fulfill together. So it is another decision that will be made in the coming months. “He confirmed a statement by F1 released on Monday Andretti’s move. It was unofficial. “We have taken note of the FIA’s conclusions regarding the first and second stages of the process and will now carry out our own assessment of the merits of the remaining applications.” FIA president Mohamed bin Sulayem said the process to select Andretti was very thorough, which is why it took so long for the analysis to be completed after the process began in February. Ben Sulayem has said in recent weeks that the FIA will follow strict procedures amid speculation that legal action could be taken if Andretti fails to agree on commercial terms and gain access. He said carefully that. “The FIA was clear from the start of the expression of interest process that there would be strict criteria for participation,” said Bin Sulayem. “Following rigorous due diligence at the application stage, we aimed to approve only those applicants who meet the set criteria and demonstrate that they will add value to the sport.” “In making this decision, we have complied with that process in determining whether Andretti Formula Racing LLC’s application should proceed to the next stage of the application process.” The FIA operates in accordance with the EU Directive on Participation and Motor Sports Development.”Andretti Formula Racing LLC was the only entity to meet the selection criteria set in all relevant respects.Michael Andretti I would like to congratulate his team on their thorough presentation. I would also like to thank all the teams that have expressed interest and participation.” Andretti welcomed the news and said in a statement: “Andretti Cadillac is honored that the FIA has approved an Expression of Interest from Andretti Formula Racing in the Formula 1 Championship the World. We appreciate and value the FIA’s thorough, transparent and rigorous evaluation process. I am very happy to have the opportunity to compete in such a historic and prestigious championship,” said Andretti. “The creation of this all-American team is an important moment of pride for all of our employees and fans. Andretti Cadillac’s deep racing capabilities and the technological advances that come from racing will continue to drive F1 enthusiasm around the world. ” “We feel strongly that this will benefit our customers as well as improve the quality of our products.” “We look forward to engaging with all F1 stakeholders as we continue our plans to join the grid as soon as possible.” The F1 team They will need to demonstrate that they had the sporting, technical and financial ability to join the F1 grid, as well as explain their plans for sustainability and positive social impact. Only four teams made it to the second stage of the analysis, with Rodin Carlin, Hitech and Asian hard worker LKYSUNZ recently informed that they would not be able to progress to the final selection points.
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