F1 rejected Andretti’s entry. In short, he fears that his team would not be competitive and would be limited to numbers.
The Andretti Cadillac team responded to some of F1’s arguments. According to the new statement, he did not want to enter F1 in 2025, but only a year later.
“When Andretti Cadillac entered the FIA expression of interest process almost a year ago, 2025 was listed as the preferred first year of participation,” the statement said.
“The FIA has approved our application without any specific restriction on whether it is an entry in 2025 or 2026. Andretti Cadillac has been working with 2026 as an entry year for many months. The technical aspect that the year 2025 is still part of the application is a consequence of the length of this process.”
F1 also said it invited Andretti to “a personal meeting at our offices for the applicant to present his application” on 12 December 2023, but “the applicant did not take up the offer”, suggesting Andretti had decided to decline the option.
Andretti now says he was surprised by the information. He said he did not know about the offer, and the email was discovered only now among the spam in Michael Andretti’s email box.
“We were not aware that we had been offered a meeting. We would not refuse a meeting with the management of Formula 1. Meeting in person to discuss business matters would and remains paramount for Andretti Cadillac. We welcome the opportunity to meet with Formula 1 management and have confirmed our interest in writing.”
Andretti concluded by repeating the closing sentence he used in his original statement, writing that “Our work continues at a rapid pace.”