GM looks to back Andretti to form new F1 team
Detroit automaker has not entered the series before
Cadillac has just announced that it wants to return to the top levels of open-wheel racing. The automaker is joining with Andretti Global in that team’s attempt to join the Formula 1 circuit.
Now called the Andretti Cadillac team, the group plans to submit its Expression of Interest to F1 organizers the FIA when it opens its formal process to look at admitting new teams. F1 is notoriously difficult to get into of late, with even Audi choosing to partner with an existing team rather than form its own.
The announcement doesn’t say exactly what GM and Cadillac’s role will be in the new team. We would assume that Cadillac plans to develop the engine to be used in the Andretti car, especially once new rules come into effect for 2026. However, the announcement doesn’t explicitly say that’s the plan. It’s not unusual for an F1 team to have one automaker as the sponsor and a different engine under the bonnet. We’ve seen that recently with Aston Martin sponsoring the Renault-powered Red Bull Racing team from 2016 through 2019 and in the latest seasons with both Aston Martin and McLaren teams using Mercedes AMG power.
Andretti and GM have worked together before. The most recent pairing was in the NTT Indycar Series where the two took nine wins over two seasons in 2012 and 2013.
“Cadillac and F1 both have growing global appeal,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Our brand has a motorsports pedigree that’s more than a century in the making, and we would be proud to have the opportunity to bring our distinct American innovation and design to F1.”