Michael Andretti hopes to get approval to enter Formula 1: “We’re very close”
Michael Andretti hopes to hear from Formula 1 in a few weeks if Andretti Autosport can take part in the first class. The legendary American team has had successes in IndyCar for decades and more recently also in Formula E, rallycross, the Supercars Championship in Australia and Extreme E and wants to expand further into international motorsport.
Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Autosport, 1991 IndyCar Champion and himself a former McLaren F1 driver as Senna’s teammate, has been planning to enter Formula 1 for over a year and a half. “We hope to hear it in the next few weeks,” Andretti said. “It will be a great birthday gift.” Indy Star About approval for F1. “This is not about IndyCar. We want to do something that hasn’t been done before. We want to compete in all forms of motorsport, from Le Mans to Monaco, from the Indy 500 to the Daytona 500. And maybe in the future, we want to be all under one roof.” This is our big goal and we have plans in place to achieve it.”
Red Bull is said to still be willing to sell sister team AlphaTauri, but Andretti is no longer planning to take over an existing team. “No, they’re not interested,” said the son of 1978 F1 champion Mario. “But we work on it every day [om het elfde team op de grid te worden]. I still believe in it. She was close. We haven’t gotten the “Okay” signal yet, but we’re very close. “Just over a year ago, plans to take over Alfa Romeo also collapsed.
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“We are confident in our plans and what they mean for our future,” said Dan Torres, CEO of the 1001 Group which owns Gainbridge, one of Andretti Autosport’s largest sponsors. “I think the stories you hear [over dat Formula One Management erop tegen is om de grid uit te breiden], often doesn’t tell the whole story. There are a lot of conversations going on and we try not to rush things or use the media as a tool to influence anything. They are expected to take a certain approach and we respect that.”
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