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Andretti Cadillac going 'hardcore' for 2025 F1 entry

The American outfit is awaiting confirmation of its entry to F1 after a lengthy bidding process.

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General Motors Motorsports Executive Director of Competition Eric Warren has revealed the brand has been going "hardcore" with Andretti to design an F1 car ahead of its hopeful entry into the sport in 2025.

Andretti Global announced its entry bid last year but found obstacles from the current F1 grid over a lack of value being added to the sport.

A deal was announced to partner with GM in January, with Cadillac joining the effort as an OEM to add value to the bid.

The FIA opened an Expressions of Interest process shortly after the Andretti Cadillac partnership was announced and with 'more than five' teams revealed to have bid for an entry by President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, a final decision is expected at the end of July.

But despite there being no confirmation as yet over its potential entry to F1, the American outfit has been hard at work preparing for its chance.

“We’re spending a lot of effort going through the process, and the hard part is we’re trying to race in the 2025 season, so we’ve been going hardcore with Andretti to design the ’25 car,” Warren told NBC Sports.

“We’ve been working on that because time is wasting.

“It was probably surprising to those who read the application how much involvement GM really has and where we’re splitting up the vehicle dynamics and how we’re doing it today versus how we’re going to do it as the team matures.

"So really we’ve just responded back to questions that the FIA has, and they’re supposed to make a decision July 15. So we’re really just doing our best with the process and having discussions where we can. But it’s been pretty formal in the sense of requests for information and responding.”

Natural fit

The new power unit regulations set for introduction in 2026 will see six OEMs compete, with Audi and Honda joining Ferrari, Alpine [Renault], Mercedes and Red Bull-Ford.

On why GM decided the time was right for an F1 project, Warren insisted: “From a business standpoint, you look at the growth of F1 and the number of eyeballs on it, and us building the Cadillac brand, it’s a natural fit.

"There are a lot of sports people, or those familiar with sports, on the board. There’s knowledge about F1.

“I was excited actually because I didn’t think I’d see it, but it’s just the timing and relationship with the Andretti Cadillac team. Everything kind of came together.”

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