American car manufacturing giant General Motors has said it will only enter Formula 1 if it can do so with Andretti Global.
“There is a process that is in place, so as always, we don’t have to give any anticipation,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali told investors last week. “The FIA did its right role of doing its first assessment. Now we’re in the process of doing our assessment on the commercial and marketing side.”
Andretti announced in January it intended to enter F1 with the backing of GM brand Cadillac. But while F1 and its teams have welcomed the possibility of GM joining the series, the series and most its competitors have opposed expanding the grid.
Williams team principal James Vowles was among those who said they would be eager to work with GM if Andretti was not able to enter. “Williams is against the addition of an 11th team and very strongly against,” he said last month.
“That’s not against either Andretti or GM, quite the opposite. I welcome GM open-armed, and Williams welcomes GM open-arms and I hope to forge a relationship with them, should things not work out. They are an incredible entity that I think will make the sport better.”
However GM have now made it clear that if F1 turns down Andretti, they will not enter the series with another team.
“GM is committed to partnering with Andretti to race in F1,” GM president Mark Reuss told the Associated Press. “The collaboration between Andretti [and] Cadillac brings together two unique entities built for racing, both with long pedigrees of success in motorsport globally.”
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