General Motors has officially registered with the FIA to participate in Formula 1 as an engine supplier from 2028, Autosport knows. Through sub-brand Cadillac, the American brand wants to be part of Formula 1 in the short term by collaborating with Andretti Autosport’s bid to form an eleventh team on the grid. The bosses of both General Motors and Andretti Autosport will be at the Las Vegas Grand Prix this weekend to discuss an entry.
It has been clear for some time that General Motors and Michael Andretti have joined forces. Andretti Autosport has been making it clear for years that it wants to be part of the Formula 1 grid and the team has also come one step closer. The FIA approved the entry of the American racing team, which means that the team now still has to go through the FOM. Cadillac must support Andretti Autosport, and both parties will therefore enter into discussions with FOM in Las Vegas.
General Motors itself wants to become an engine supplier in Formula 1 from 2028. That year the third season will start under the new motorcycle regulations. These regulations ensured that Audi also wanted to enter Formula 1. Since the entry of General Motors is still pending, Andretti Autosport must look for another engine supplier for the first years in the premier class of motorsport. There is a good chance that the racing stable will run with Renault power sources.
What if Andretti doesn’t get the green light?
That would mean that Andretti and Cadillac will form a factory team from 2028. General Motors President Mark Reuss looks forward to future cooperation. “We are delighted that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by our engines. We are confident that we will develop a successful power unit for the racing series. We will compete with the very best, at the highest level.”
General Motors may have to take a pause. Andretti Autosport is not yet sure whether it will be allowed to enter the sport. Only the FIA, Zak Brown and Alpine seem to be in favor of an entry into the American racing stable. Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of Liberty Media, would rather not add an eleventh team to the current Formula 1 grid. If Andretti does not receive approval from the FOM, it is likely that General Motors will drop its interest in Formula 1.