Andretti fires back at Toto Wolff’s demand

Michael Andretti has had his proposed expansion of F1 to include eleven teams firmly rejected.

F1 teams were united in rejecting Michael Andretti’s proposal to have his Andretti-Cadillac team added to the current Formula 1 roster.

There is currently a tender process for an eleventh team to be added to F1, with Andrei-Cadillac arguably the most qualified.

However, current F1 teams’ senior officials have made their stance on this bid clear.

Toto Wolff reiterated his position at Silverstone, saying: “Our position was very clear – buy a team.”

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Ferrari principal, Frederic Vasseur, agreed with Wolff’s stance on the issue.

He said: “We have a huge boom in Formula 1 now.

“But you have to keep in mind that a couple of years ago, when the crisis was there, the owners of the teams made a huge effort and the benefit is today.”

The FIA is expected to update their prospective entrants, including Andretti, about their applications on July 15th.

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Former F1 driver Andretti owns a racing empire which is present in Indycar, Formula E and elsewhere.

He said the 11th-team option was the only way he could enter F1, with all 10 teams rejecting a buyout.

“We have contacted all the teams, but no one is interested.

“They keep saying ‘buy a team,’ but nobody wants to sell. They are not even interested in a discussion.”

The 60-year-old American says he is placing faith in the FIA to aid Andretti-Cadillac in becoming an F1 team.

He remarked: “In the end, the teams are not the ones who will make the decision.

“It will be up to F1 and the FIA to decide if they think us coming in is a good thing.”

He retaliated to accusations that his associations with General Motors and Cadillac were only being pushed to get his bid over the line.

Andretti said: “People try to say ‘they’re just putting their name on it’, but it’s not like that.

“They are an integral part of the team.”

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If there are two Andretti-Cadillac cars on the grid as soon as 2025, the identity of one of the drivers is already known – Colton Herta.

Herta is currently in the NTT IndyCar Series, driving for Andretti Autosport.

“Colton is part of the project,” Andretti confirmed.

“He’s tested the McLaren and did very well. I’d like him to be the first competitive American in F1 for a long time.”