Rumor: F1 contingent worried about $1bn Andretti onslaught on F1

F1 TV announcer Will Buxton believes the sport’s giants are “worried” about the potential power of an Andretti Autosport entry into the field, which could come as soon as 2024.

Andretti Global would become the 11th team on the grid with IndyCar star Colton Herta likely to make the jump to F1 if the plan comes together. Renault is the leading option for an engine partner, with Mario claiming a deal has been secured already, which Michael Andretti and Renault deny.

Andretti told he needs an answer within a month in order to get the team up and running for the 2024 season.

Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti

“To me it’s a no-brainer. I don’t know what the holdup is, so hopefully they figure it out,” Andretti said.

“The way we’re going to do it is going to be first class all the way. We’ve got big plans that will really be good for Formula 1.

“My backers are great, they’re in it to be competitive, they’re not just in it to say they’re in Formula 1. They’re sports guys, they’ve turned sports franchises around from where they weren’t competitive to then being competitive, so they know how to do this stuff.”

He added: “Eventually we’d like to build it (the car) here.

“The first car would have to be farmed out, sort of like the way Haas does it now. And then eventually build our own car.

“My dream is to do it here, to have a true American car. We’d still have a big presence in the UK, but have the actual building of it here.”

But the global reach and strong backing of the team, which includes cars in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, Formula E and a large stake in Supercars team Walkinshaw Andretti United – which won the Bathurst 1000 last year – has “the establishment” worried according to Will Buxton.

“Speaking to a lot of folks in the IndyCar paddock this weekend. The Andretti F1 project is serious. Very serious,” he tweeted.

“They could pay the ($200 million) entry fee as chump change. And in a non budget capped era have funding to make the top 3 wince. No wonder the establishment are worried.”

“We feel like we’re going to bring a lot more to the party in terms of income to the bottom line,” Andretti said in response.

“I believe what we could do for the US, it’s still very untapped, and I think there’s a lot to be gained here.

“And I think having a true American team and driver, not a Russian driver, we can at least bring more than $100m to the bottom line, which is all we’d ever take out of the prize money.”


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