Cadillac global vice president Rory Harvey confirmed their joint “expression of interest” with Andretti has yet to be submitted to the FIA, with hopes of making the Formula 1 grid.
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem opened the process to potential new teams and Andretti Autosport announced a partnership with General Motors through Cadillac just days later to confirm its intention to submit a joint proposal to become the new team on the Formula 1 grid. 1.
But given the proverbial hoops to overcome in order to submit their proposal, the Cadillac boss admitted that their expression of interest has not yet been submitted to the FIA.
“I mean, there’s still a long way to go to be honest with you,” Harvey said in an interview with Give Me Sport.
“It is difficult to say exactly how this will play out – we have not yet submitted our expression of interest. We have declared our intent, but then we have to go through the evaluation process.
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Harvey explained that the amount of changes made to Formula 1 since the reinstatement of the 2026 technical regulations also brings an extra layer of complexity to a proposed Andretti-Cadillac link, although both brands are keen to hit the grid as soon as possible.
The news of Andretti and Cadillac looking to add another team to the grid has been met with mixed reviews, mainly split between the open arms of the FIA, who are hoping to see two more manufacturers top the current 10, and the cautious approach of F1 and the teams themselves, keen to protect the revenue and prize money raised in recent years, which has made the teams profitable.
Given the fighting that could very well take place between F1 and the FIA over this dispute, Harvey admitted an outcome was likely to take time either way, regardless of the technological changes coming to the sport over the next few years.
“Every day I read articles that come out online, in terms of some people’s thoughts, and I try to ignore some of them because I guess the challenge for us is to do what we have to do in terms of making sure we have competitive entry,” explained the Cadillac vice president.
“In part it will also depend on the timing. You know, we said that we would like, if successful, to get on the grid as soon as possible.
“There will be changes in regulations as we go through this decade, so from that perspective, there are a number of variables, but we have an agreement with an established power unit manufacturer and we believe we are bringing in a significant amount as well, which be it fuel combustion technology, turbo performance, battery technology, etc.
“So we’d work with a partner from that perspective to develop as strong a proposition as possible, but there’s a timing that’s being factored in here.
“So I’m not going to give you an answer as to what exactly is going to happen in the future because I think we need to see how things play out at this stage.”