General Motors has today submitted a formal application to become Formula One engine suppliers in 2028.
In what is seen as a move to pile pressure on FOM (F1’S commercial side) GM (General Motors) has submitted an application to build F1 engines branded as Cadillac in 2028.
While Andretti wants to enter in 2025 and would need to take on either Renault or Honda engines for the initial period,
This move is seen as finally eliminating a key excuse from F1 in that GM is coming for nothing more than a commercial partnership, whereas F1 would want GM to provide technical support to the entry.
GM president Mark Reuss said: “We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit.
“With our deep engineering and racing expertise, we’re confident we’ll develop a successful power unit for the series and position Andretti Cadillac as a true works team.
“We will run with the very best, at the highest levels, with passion and integrity that will help elevate the sport for race fans around the world.”
This is seen as huge for Formula 1, as it now means, as well as VolksWagen bringing Audi to the sport in 2026. The world’s biggest automotive groups have finally been brought into F1 after many years of courting by the F1 bosses.
This announcement today ties in with the fact that GM is sending its business heavyweights along with Andretti’s chiefs to lobby the FOM to approve the entry after the FIA gave approval over a month ago.
F1 and the teams are still hesitant, however, with Williams’ team boss James Vowles stressing how GM would be welcomed into F1 on its own based on the value it can offer the championship as a major automotive giant.
However, Reuss reinforced that Cadillac’s involvement was contingent on Andretti.
He said, “GM is committed to partnering with Andretti to race in Formula 1. The collaboration between Andretti and Cadillac brings together two unique entities built for racing, both with long pedigrees of success in motorsport globally.”
Hopefully today’s announcement is what was needed to finally get F1 bosses to put away their monopolising tendencies and egos and realise how a new team, especially one with such a great motor racing history and global brand value, would greatly add to the boom that Formula One is having globally right now.
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