Zak Brown, the McLaren F1 team principal, had doubled down his support for Andretti’s bid to enter into the F1 with a new team by 2026 adding “it was good news for F1”. In the matter of the fact, Brown has always supported Andretti’s bid to enter into the Formula 1, while the latest merger between Andretti’s Andretti Global and GM’s Cadillac appeared to have loudened up his support for Andretti’s bid. On top of that, latest remarks from Brown came forth just a day after Mercedes’ boss Toto Wolff had expressed his cautiously optimistic view over Andretti’s bid to become an eleventh team in Formula 1.
McLaren’s Brown doubles down support on Andretti F1 bid
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview with a press agency, expressing an out and out optimism over the Andretti Global-Cadillac merger, Brown said, “The Andretti name has such a rich history in multiple forms of motorsport.
We’re partners in a Supercars team with Walkinshaw, and they also have great history in motorsport. GM is also an OEM who we race with in IndyCar [Chevrolet powers the Arrow McLaren team] and I think he’s put forward a very compelling proposition.
I think it shows the growth of Formula 1. We haven’t had a new team in a long time, since Haas. And so it’s just great to see Formula 1 attracting new markets, new teams, new sponsors. I think it’s great to see they want to join the sport.
I think he’s put together a compelling team. However, stressing that the F1 should mull a normal process for to accept Andretti’s bid, McLaren’s Brown added, “I’m not close to what the big process is since we’re in [F1], but I know he’s working closely with the FIA in Formula 1.
This tender process hasn’t happened in a while, but what he’s doing is bringing forward his brand, his reputation, and his partners in making the best presentation possible. And then the FIA and Formula 1 will go through the process.
I think there are also other entities as [F1 CEO] Stefano [Domenicali] commented on that are looking to join. I’m just excited that there’s this excitement of new teams that want to join F1; I think that talks to the health of the sport.
We’ve seen in all forms of motor racing manufacturers come and go, and what’s great is that the manufacturers coming in talks to the demand and the health of motorsport in general in the moment we’re in, which is great. Long may it continue”