Following a statement released by Formula One Management (FOM) announcing the decision to reject Andretti Cadillac’s proposal to join the F1 grid, the motorsport organizations expressed they “strongly disagree” with its assessment, which left Mario Andretti devastated by the news.
World Champion Mario Andretti took to social media, asserting he was devastated by the news of the American team’s bid rejection to join the Formula 1 grid over the next two seasons.
“I won’t say anything else because I can’t find any other words besides devastated,” the motorsport living legend added.
I'm devastated. I won't say anything else because I can't find any other words besides devastated. pic.twitter.com/UaFBC5n9qF
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) January 31, 2024
Soon after came the joint response issued by Andretti Cadillac to the Formula One Management (FOM) statement released earlier in the day.
“Andretti Cadillac has reviewed the information Formula One Management Limited has shared and strongly disagree with its contents,” it reads.
Adding: “Andretti and Cadillac are two successful global motorsports organizations committed to placing a genuine American works team in F1, competing alongside the world’s best.
“We are proud of the significant progress we have already made on developing a highly competitive car and power unit with an experienced team behind it, and our work continues at pace.”
“Andretti Cadillac would also like to acknowledge and thank the fans who have expressed their support.”
A year ago, the FIA officially launched the call for Expression of Interest for prospective new teams looking to “participate at a competitive level in the FIA Formula One World Championship.”
Early in January, Andretti Global and General Motors (GM), represented by the Cadillac brand, confirmed their partnership, pursuing the opportunity to compete at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Last October, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) approved Andretti’s Expression of Interest application for Andretti Cadillac to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship, progressing into the next stage, referring the Andretti Formula Racing LLC candidacy to FOM for commercial discussions, which eventually denied its entry, leaving on the table a possibility for admission in 2028.
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