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Ben Sulayem reacts to Andretti launching F1 bid

Andretti Autosport have officially launched their bid to enter F1 from 2026, with FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem reacting to the news.

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem says it is "particularly pleasing" that Andretti Autosport and General Motors have launched a bid to enter Formula 1. On Thursday, Andretti announced their intention to partner up with Cadillac and fulfil a long-held ambition in joining the F1 grid as an 11th team. Boss Michael Andretti says the team are "well suited to be new in Formula 1 and bring value to the series, partners and bring excitement for the fans," with FIA boss Ben Sulayem backing their interest, making reference to Audi who are set to enter in 2026

Ben Sulayem's Audi reaction

The news comes day after Ben Sulayem launched a new 'Expressions of Interest' process for prospective new entries into Grand Prix racing - something he highlighted in a statement. "The FIA is exploring the Expressions of Interest process and we will provide a further update in the near future," he explained. "Today’s news from the United States is further proof of the popularity and growth of the FIA Formula One World Championship under the FIA’s stewardship. "It is particularly pleasing to have interest from two iconic brands such as General Motors Cadillac and Andretti Global. "Any additional entries would build on the positive acceptance of the FIA’s 2026 PU regulations among OEMs which has already attracted an entry from Audi. "Any Expressions of Interest process will follow strict FIA protocol and will take several months."

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