The FIA ​​president did not expect such a reaction to Andretti’s announcement


Monday, January 9, 2023, 08:38


Big backer of the Cadillac project, Mohammed bin Sulayem, was surprised that the announcement of the Americans applying for F1 was met with a “hostile reaction”.

Last week’s chain of events began with a post on social media by Mohamed Ben Sulayem, President of the FIA: The sports leader announced that the FIA ​​is examining the possibilities of expanding the Formula 1 starting grid, and that it may be opened. Formal application process for those interested. Then, the press conference took place in the US, where Andretti Global and General Motors announced that they would unite – under the name of one of the automaker’s premium brands, Cadillac – to start the F1 project.

Entering a new factory – even if only nominally, as Honda is expected to supply the engine – is a big deal in Formula 1, but Bin Sulayem is unhappy with the way the news has been received. He made a short post about it back on his Twitter page.

“It is surprising that there has been such a hostile reaction to the news regarding Cadillac and Andretti. The FIA ​​has accepted entries from smaller, more successful organizations in recent years. We should encourage hopeful F1 entries from world-class manufacturers like GM and healthy racers like Andretti and others. The interest of teams from Developing markets enhance diversity and broaden the appeal of Formula 1,” Bin Sulayem wrote in the post.

Was the post about Formula-1?

The FIA ​​chief did not specify who faced the hostile reception, but there’s a good chance this is another blow to F1 management in the increasingly notable struggle between the two organisations – just as we can take the last sentence like an insulting target for Formula 1.

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F1, which has dismissed Andretti from the first signs of interest, has not reported on the news dominating the motorsports press on any of its official platforms. A statement has been sent to some journalists, but it doesn’t specifically talk about Andretti – it doesn’t name the team or Cadillac – it just confirms that others are also interested in Formula 1, but the decision isn’t just the FIA’s.

“There is a lot of interest in F1 projects right now, and there are as many invisible conversations as there are others. We all want to ensure the league remains reliable and stable. Any new application will be evaluated against a set of criteria that meets the objectives of all stakeholders involved. Any new application needs to be approval by both F1 and the FIA”. We’ve written more about Andretti’s double reception, as well as the competition taking place in his Formula 1 and FIA driving background.

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