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Cadillac to partner Andretti in F1 bid

NEWS STORY
07/01/2023

Andretti Global and General Motors have announced their intent to pursue the opportunity to compete in F1 in the form of Andretti Cadillac.

The team would be based in the U.S. with a support facility in the U.K.

This reunites two iconic American companies with deep motorsports pedigrees and provides the opportunity to build on previous racing accomplishments while expanding international reach for both brands. F1 has seen consistent growth globally and most recently in the U.S. with 2023 races in Austin, Miami and Las Vegas.

The Andretti Cadillac team is planning to submit an Expression of Interest when the formal process opens, FIA president, Mohammed ben Sulayem having announced details of which earlier this week.

If selected, the team is seeking to compete as soon as practical with at least one American driver.

Cadillac V-Series has a legacy of success on the track in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. Since 2017, Cadillac has been competing at the forefront of American sports car racing in IMSA, achieving numerous wins, podiums, and championships with the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Cadillac will continue in sports car racing with the all-new hybrid Cadillac V-LMDh, which will compete globally in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Andretti Global is a global racing enterprise and parent company to Andretti Autosport and other Andretti racing ventures. Andretti racing teams currently compete in seven different top-tier series worldwide and have found success in each avenue of competition.

Andretti and GM last paired for the return of Chevrolet to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2012, together capturing nine wins across two seasons. The pairing additionally claimed the Driver, Team and Manufacturer titles in 2012.

"We are continuing to grow Andretti Global and its family of racing teams and always have our eyes on what's next," said Michael Andretti. "I feel very strongly that we are suited to be a new team for Formula One and can bring value to the series and our partners, and excitement for the fans. I'm proud to have GM and Cadillac alongside us as we pursue this goal.

"GM and Andretti share a legacy born out of the love of racing. We now have the opportunity to combine our motorsport passions and dedication to innovation to build a true American F1 bid.

"Together, we will continue to follow procedures and steps put forth by the FIA during the evaluation process. In the meantime, we continue to optimistically prepare should we be fortunate enough to have Andretti Cadillac formally approved as a Formula One contender."

"General Motors is honoured to team with Andretti Global on this historic moment in racing," added Mark Reuss, President, General Motors. "We have a long, rich history in motorsports and engineering innovation, and we are thrilled with the prospect of pairing with Andretti Global to form an American F1 team that will help spur even more global interest in the series and the sport.

"Cadillac and F1 both have growing global appeal. Our brand has a motorsports pedigree that's more than a century in the making, and we would be proud to have the opportunity to bring our distinct American innovation and design to F1."

"I welcome the news of the Cadillac and Andretti partnership," tweeted Ben Sulayem in reaction to the announcement, "and the FIA looks forward to further discussions on the FIA F1 World Championship Expressions of Interest process."

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1. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 09/01/2023 19:24

"Preying for a Cadillac sports car. I like what a Corvette does, but do not like how the Corvette looks. "

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 07/01/2023 12:03

"@elsiebc - some of those women might be American."

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3. Posted by ian_w, 06/01/2023 7:09

"Cadillac vehicles have that "Cadillac smooth" ride, so am going to guess no porpoising issues for them ! A comfy seat too for those poor drivers who complain those bumps on rough tracks hurt the backsides! Hahaha!!"

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4. Posted by ancient70!, 06/01/2023 6:42

"OH! Over to you mr Domenicalli?"

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5. Posted by kenji, 06/01/2023 2:02

"@ Superbird...and rightly so. I do think that the team providing the biggest whinge is Mercedes considering their comments in the past. I have no specific wish to see any particular group get priority but this new 'conglom' could be an excellent addition to the [ so called ] competition. Ten teams will each get a US$20m bonus who ever gets to join. Not bad return really and that's in year one. "

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6. Posted by Superbird70, 05/01/2023 23:25

"I had it Ford Andretti, but Cadillac is fine. If they don't get in expect a legal filing with the EU. "

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7. Posted by elsiebc, 05/01/2023 21:19

"I would venture to guess that there are more women in the paddock than Americans. I would say it's high time that F1 addresses this lack of diversity issue. To turn this down would put their biases on full display. Maybe, in fact, F1 should sponsor an American only racing series to help young Americans, who don't have the same opportunities as Europeans, get on the grid."

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8. Posted by Rob, 05/01/2023 20:21

"The FIA and Liberty Media will have a tough time turning this one down.

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