Mercedes driver speaks out on Andretti joining Formula 1

Andretti Global's efforts to join the F1 grid have led to tensions between Liberty Media and the FIA.

As Andretti inches closer to securing its place as the 11th team in Formula 1, Mercedes driver George Russell has expressed his belief that the American outfit possesses the quality to join the grid. 

The recent approval of Andretti’s application by the FIA marked a significant milestone, following a stringent application process that saw three other teams rejected.

Currently in the “commercial talks” phase with Formula One Management as part of the final steps to secure its entry, Andretti’s path to Formula 1 has been met with resistance from existing teams. 

Concerns have been raised about the potential financial implications, particularly the impact on the prize pot with an 11th team in the mix.

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While some voices within the paddock, including Lewis Hamilton, have endorsed Andretti’s entry as an opportunity to create more jobs in Formula 1, George Russell has shared his perspective, highlighting the importance of quality competition in the sport.

Russell emphasised, “I think Formula 1’s the pinnacle, and we want to see quality competition, so I’m not for, I’m not against.” 

He underscored the need for any additional team to meet a standard of quality that enhances the sport.

He continued, “But definitely if there were to be an extra team, it’s got to be a quality outfit, one that can add to the sport. 

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“We want to see competition; in an ideal world, you want to see all 10 teams fighting against one another.”

Acknowledging the ongoing discussions surrounding Andretti’s potential entry, Russell expressed his trust in Formula 1’s ability to arrive at the best solution. 

He reinforced the notion that quality should take precedence over quantity, emphasising the importance of maintaining the high standards that define Formula 1.