Michael Andretti suspects the 10 Formula 1 teams view his team as a bunch of ‘hills’. The American has already received approval from the FIA to participate in Formula 1, but is still waiting for the green light from the FIA and therefore the teams.
The son of the 1978 world champion has overcome all significant hurdles to compete in the top flight. For example, report immediately when the Automobile Association announces ‘Expression of interest’The procedure has been opened. FIA President Mohamed Bin Sulayem eventually reviewed and approved the request, and now the ball is in FOM’s court. However, FOM have to listen to the teams and they are not currently keen on an XI. Money plays a big role in this, because teams witness a decrease in income with the arrival of additional formations.
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In conversation with Bloomberg Origins Andretti accepts his application to participate in this sport. “I didn’t think it would be so difficult to get in. But we’re going to prove ourselves to get in. First of all, they think we’re a bunch of hills. That we don’t know what we’re about,” he explains. “Because we have so much experience in racing, we might approach it from a different angle.” Different from everyone else and maybe it will work out.”
The team’s argument is that prize money is decreasing and Andretti supports that, although he also comes up with a counterargument. “We think adding more cars will only benefit the sport. Yes, it will take a piece of the pie and prize money and everything, but we feel we can contribute more to it than we take from the pie to reduce it.” The sport is growing in the United States, and with Andretti joining, those revenues could increase. FOM has not yet announced when it will make a final decision, so for now it remains to be seen what the brigade is from the US.
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