F1 2024 – Andretti-Cadillac…and Colton Herta?
Colton Herta could well be set to get his shot in Formula 1, after Andretti Global announced its plans to make it into the circuit alongside US giants Cadillac.
It was announced on Thursday that both Andretti Global and General Motors had teamed up to enter a setup into F1 as soon as 2024.
In October 2022, Colton Herta extended his contract with Andretti but crucially, the announcement did not state which series he would be racing in.
He has flirted with Formula 1 with Red Bull in the form of AlphaTauri, only to be denied by the FIA’s superlicence system, but it seems more and more likely that his future is in F1 and with Andretti.
Andretti-Cadillac will run at least one American driver if its prospective Formula 1 team is granted an entry, according to Michael Andretti.
Andretti has been striving to bring his eponymous outfit to Formula 1 and announced on Thursday that his operation had partnered with General Motors through its luxury brand Cadillac.
If an entry is granted by Formula 1 and the FIA it is unlikely that it would be before the 2026 season.
Andretti’s results during his brief Formula 1 career with McLaren in 1993 remain the last time an American driver scored championship points.
Scott Speed and Alexander Rossi both had short-lived tenures with backmarker teams while Williams will hand a debut this year to Logan Sargeant.
Speaking about a possible driver, Andretti said: “We definitely have a plan to have an American driver and I think you know who is leading the pack on that one.
“With Colton [Herta], we do have him under contract in IndyCar, but we definitely want to make this at least an all-American effort to make sure we have an American driver in the seat.”
Herta was lined up by Andretti during its ultimately unsuccessful attempt to acquire Sauber’s Formula 1 outfit.
Herta, who carried out private test running with McLaren, was headhunted by AlphaTauri for 2023 but the team was thwarted by his ineligibility for a Super Licence.
He duly signed a long-term agreement with Andretti through 2027.
Andretti’s collaboration with GM marks the latest phase of its attempts to reach Formula 1, following its Sauber negotiations, and subsequent decision to go its own way in early 2022.
“One of the things, to have an American manufacturer behind an American team with an American driver I think is going to be the biggest story of the year,” said Andretti.
“It just happened naturally. We’re still going about it, still working to get the people together, to build a team.
“The great thing is GM has great resources and people already so that’ll help us get up and running even quicker, so we’re in a really good position right now.”
F1 2024 – Andretti-Cadillac F1 2024 – Andretti-Cadillac
Also make sure you follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram for all the latest updates between issues.
Formula 14 days ago
Porsche Ends F1 Dreams
Formula 17 days ago
Verstappen’s bid for fastest lap point leaves Perez surprised and confused
Formula 11 week ago
Hamilton splits with long-time trainer Angela Cullen
Formula 16 days ago
Fernando Alonso’s Controversial Penalty Overturned, Reinstating 100th Podium Finish
Formula 17 days ago
Alonso Stripped of 100th F1 Podium in Saudi Arabian GP
Formula 15 days ago
Perez and Verstappen battle for supremacy in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix