Michael Andretti would like to enter Formula 1 with his team. The American is developing a plan for a commitment in the premier class. The team is already talking to the Formula 1 racing team Alpine from France. Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer would welcome an entry by the Americans.
“I’m not surprised,” says Szafnauer about the cold wind in the paddock that prevails when it comes to Andretti’s entry. “There are pros and cons for an eleventh team, but I think Andretti is a big name in motorsport. Of course, he’s also a big name in US motorsport.”
With a total of three planned Formula 1 races in the USA in the 2023 season – Austin, Miami, Las Vegas – the market on the other side of the Atlantic has become a core business for Formula 1. “If a team like Andretti is there, the turnover cake could be even bigger, which would benefit everyone,” says Szafnauer.
Andretti is ready to pay the $200 million entry fee, but he still has little support from current F1 teams. They fear that a new team like Caterham, HRT and Marussia could quickly disappear, even if Andretti is of a different caliber. The American would like to offer compatriots in Formula 1 cockpits.
Williams team boss Jost Capito holds back: “We just don’t have enough information at the moment. Andretti is talking to the FOM and the FIA [Automobil-Weltverband], but we have no information on what the team would bring and how the entry should look like. We have to assume that the FIA and FOM make the right decisions. When the time is right, we will get the information.”