As a lifelong F1 fan, I was shocked when news broke that Formula 1 had rejected Michael Andretti’s application for a new team in 2025. To say this decision left me bewildered would be an understatement.
F1 : We will increase our footprint in the USA by adding annoying street tracks.
Andretti: We are well funded, have experience in other formulas and carry a famous name in American motorsport. Definitely will help you reach a even bigger audience
F1 : We don’t see the value. pic.twitter.com/pHZfMAn20a
— Not Fernando (@Not_Fernando84) January 31, 2024
We’re talking about Michael Andretti here – an F1 world champion and one of the biggest names in motorsport. If anyone knows what it takes to be competitive in Formula 1, it’s him. So when F1 claims they “do not believe the applicant is a competitive participant,” I’m truly left scratching my head.
This reeks of politics and protecting the status quo more than anything else. F1 news keeps talking about wanting to grow the sport and add excitement for fans, yet they dismiss Andretti seemingly out of hand. It’s hard not to feel like the big, established teams are pulling strings behind the scenes to block new entries and challengers.
Mario Andretti alone has more F1 wins than Sauber, Toro Rosso and Haas combined.
— David Land™❌ (@DLand91) January 31, 2024
If you haven’t laid eyes on the F1 statement, let me tell you, it’s like a master class in arrogance. What’s even more amusing is how the same statement contradicts the very rules F1 has been flaunting in recent years.
It’s almost like the rejection of Andretti’s bid, masterminded by none other than Michael Andretti, his son and former McLaren F1 driver, for the 2025 season was done purely for the fun of it. Solid foundations? Nowhere to be found.
Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t buy F1’s argument that an 11th team would overly “burden” promoters and tracks. Modern F1 is a global, billion-dollar enterprise – are they really so fragile that one more team would break them?
Spare me the weak excuses. Ask any fan, and they’ll spill the truth – we all want to witness races from a solid 11 teams on the F1 schedule. It’s not rocket science, folks!
I’d much rather have a team called Visa Cash App RB on the F1 grid than one called Andretti. Just think of all the motorsport heritage and history Visa Cash App has given us.
— Marcus Simmons (@MarcusSimmons54) January 31, 2024
No, this is clearly about preserving power and leverage for the existing big dogs like Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull. They fear true competition – the kind Andretti would undoubtedly bring. He doesn’t just want to show up to make up the numbers like Williams and Haas. Michael Andretti aims to win.
‘Andretti wouldn’t bring value to F1’
— Matt Gallagher (@MattP1Gallagher) January 31, 2024
While disappointing, there is a glimmer of hope F1 rumors suggest that Andretti will try again in 2028 in a partnership with Cadillac. But fans are tired of politics getting in the way of great racing.
The time for change is now. I hope F1 reconsiders and lets Andretti on the 2025 grid, where he belongs. The sport needs challengers and legends like him, not more of the same old status quo.
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