FIA president surprised by the ‘adverse reaction’ to entry plans of Andretti

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FIA has officially welcomed and opened doors for the entry of new teams like Andretti to the sport.

Andretti Autosport has been pursuing FIA and F1 for years now to enter the elite sport. The team is a big American name in different series like IndyCar. Andretti’s plans to enter got a major boost with the entry of a new partner in the form of General Motors.

The side, however, has no chance of entering F1 before 2026. Further, to successfully enter the sport they will have to get a sign-off from both F1 and the governing body FIA. As of now, FIA seems to be supporting the bid of the new teams to enter the pinnacle of motorsports.

However, the existing sides in F1 are not coming out that much to support these new entries. Hitting back on this rather bad reaction, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem tweeted a strong message in the support of the Andretti team:

“It is surprising that there has been some adverse reaction to the Cadillac and Andretti news,”

the FIA president wrote in a tweet.

“The FIA has accepted the entries of smaller, successful organizations in recent years. We should be encouraging prospective F1 entries from global manufacturers like GM and thoroughbred racers like Andretti and others.”

“Interest from teams in growth markets adds diversity and broadens F1’s appeal.”

Andretti and General Motors partnership doesn’t guarantee a spot on the grid – F1

After the official collaboration announcement between Andretti and General Motors, F1 also issued a statement. The statement clarified how they were not the only ones eyeing an entry to the sport. Further, the statement clarified that they would not be guaranteed a spot on the grid:

“There is great interest in the F1 project at this time with a number of conversations continuing that are not as visible as others,”

F1 said in a statement.

“We all want to ensure the championship remains credible and stable and any new entrant request will be assessed on criteria to meet those objectives by the relevant stakeholders.”

Andretti also responded by saying:

“One of the big things was ‘what does Andretti bring to the party?,”

Andretti said to the media.

“Well, we’re bringing one of the biggest manufacturers in the world with us now with General Motors and Cadillac.”

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