According to Mario, the son meets all the requirements required by the federation to create the team, which will be the eleventh on the current Formula 1 grid.
“Michael has applied to the FIA to form a new F1 team from 2024. His company Andretti Global has the resources and meets all the requirements. Mario said in a post last week that he is waiting for the opinion of the FIA.
The family’s interest, which is closely associated with motorsports, in Formula 1 is not new. In 2021, the clan attempted to acquire Alfa Romeo / Sauber, but the deal faltered in the last details. The idea was to put American promise Colton Herta alongside Valtteri Bottas for the current season.
“We just live and breathe motorsport and he’s at the age where he has to take a big step forward if you want to be able to have at least 25 good years in the business. That’s it, so we’re all ready to go,” he said. Andretti says.
In addition to the title that Mario won in 1978, with Lotus, his son Michael also competed in the Formula One Championship in 1993, when he was a teammate with Ayrton Senna at McLaren. However, Michael was less successful than his father and was eventually replaced by Mika Hakkinen before the end of the season.
The Andretti clan’s involvement in motorsports is gigantic. In addition to teams in Formula Indy and Road to Indy, the basis of the American class, the family also owns teams in Formula E, Extreme E and V8 Supercars (a type of Australian stock car).
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