Cadillac clear there is still ‘long way to go’ in Andretti Formula 1 bid

Andretti Autosport Cadillac F1 logo. Credit: Alamy
Andretti Autosport Cadillac F1 logo. Credit: Alamy

Despite the announcement of their partnership with Andretti, Cadillac believes there is a “long way to go” before they get onto the F1 grid.

Andretti strengthened their F1 bid by announcing a new partnership with the sixth-largest car manufacturer in the world, General Motors.

With GM behind them and the team rebranded as the Andretti-Cadillac team, the Andretti bid may have finally fulfilled the vague ‘value’ requirement that F1 and the teams have been asking for.

Their place on the grid is by no means assured though with the team in the process of submitting their Expression of Interest to the FIA, but should that be approved, they will also have to convince F1.

Cadillac global vice president Rory Harvey said that they believe they have fulfilled the requirements to get on the grid but are not getting ahead of themselves, conceding that “there is a long way to go yet.”

“We think that in terms of the partnership between Andretti and General Motors and Cadillac that we have a very good proposition,” Harvey said, as reported by Speedweek.com.

“We wouldn’t have gone forward in announcing our intent to submit an Expression of Interest if we didn’t think it was a proposition that fulfilled the requirements and give us the ability to succeed.

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“From that point of view, there is a long way to go yet in this process.

“The Expression of Interest and the details have not come out exactly yet, so we have that to go as a first step.

“We’ll need to submit our Expression of Interest and then see how the process plays out.

“I don’t want to speculate in terms of some of the articles that have been written.

“Internally, we’re super excited. I know from the Andretti organisation’s perspective they are super excited and we will do our very best in terms of our Expression of Interest and be able to showcase what we believe that we could bring to Formula 1.”

The boss of another bid told PlanetF1.com that he expected the process to be finalised by the end of the month with the decision to be made in May.

Harvey also indicated that the goal was not just to be on the grid but also to be competitive and he believed they had a package that ensured that.

“The partnership [with Andretti] we discussed last week is what will give us the ability to perform,” he said.

“We believe we have a blend of skill sets across the organisations to put together a package that ensures we will be competitive.”

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