According to GM President Marl Reuss, automotive behemoth General Motors will only join F1 if it succeeds in doing so with Andretti Global.
Ever since the news surfaced that the FIA had granted Andretti Autosport approval for entry onto the Formula 1 grid, there has been uncertainty surrounding the Andretti-Cadillac partnership.
GM and Cadillac were not mentioned at the time of the announcement, which might have been because of the UAW strike and how that affected GM’s capacity to allocate funds to F1 projects. However, it has now been established that GM is still actively involved.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP), GM stated that it is still dedicated to the partnership and has no plans to work with another team. This happens soon after it was purportedly demanded by the Formula One organization that Cadillac should not work with Andretti.
“GM is committed to partnering with Andretti to race in F1,” said GM President Mark Reuss.
“The collaboration between Andretti-Cadillac brings together two unique entities built for racing, both with long pedigrees of success.”
The third and final step of the application process requires the American squad to come to a commercial agreement with FOM.
Although the FIA has given Andretti approval to enter the Formula 1 world championship starting in 2025, there is currently no information available regarding the status of the talks with Liberty Media and FOM.
The majority of teams are adamantly against expanding the grid, despite the fact that incumbent teams have expressed support for GM and Cadillac joining the series. Only McLaren and Alpine have welcomed the challenge, but the rest don’t want to share the winnings at the end of the season.
But the fight between Andretti and Cadillac is far from over. Andretti reported to the AP that he is not receiving any messages or calls from F1 president Stefano Domenicali. Maybe for that reason, General Motors is taking a delegation of executives to the Las Vegas Grand Prix next weekend.
Andretti is determined to get on the Formula 1 grid by 2025 as it is currently working on its car.