General Motors has announced that it will personally lobby the F1 paddock at the Las Vegas Grand Prix in an effort to get Andretti-Cadillac’s bid to enter Formula 1 approved.
Although Andretti-Cadillac’s plan to enter the Formula 1 grid as soon as 2025 was approved by the FIA, the process has since encountered a snag due to opposition from the current teams regarding entry of an 11th team.
The only official statement from Formula 1 regarding the bid was made known to the public last month, and it provided very little details.
In an effort to break the current stalemate, General Motors will be sending a team of executives to the Las Vegas Grand Prix for talks with Liberty Media and other relevant parties.
The trip has been planned in response to Michael Andretti’s revelation to the Associated Press during the US Grand Prix that Formula 1 President Stefano Domenicali is no longer returning his texts or phone calls.
It also comes after rumors that, while talks about adding an 11th team are still ongoing, General Motors has been advised to drop Andretti-Cadillac and join another team on the grid.
Nonetheless, General Motors has made it plain that it will only participate in the racing series in conjunction with Andretti-Cadillac, persistently pressuring the owners of Formula 1—Liberty Media—to finalize their application.
“GM is committed to partnering with Andretti to race in F1,” General Motors President Mark Reuss told AP. “The collaboration between Andretti-Cadillac brings together two unique entities built for racing, both with long pedigrees of success in motorsport globally.”
With five races currently held across North America, Formula 1 has been increasingly appealing to the American market at the time of Andretti-Cadillac’s entry into the sport.
Andretti-Cadillac has promised to be an American team if they are granted entry, and they have put up IndyCar star Colton Herta as the first driver in their lineup.