McLaren CEO Zak Brown has conceded he is "in the minority" for backing the Andretti Cadillac Racing Formula 1 entry bid.
The American outfit has faced stiff opposition from the sport's incumbent teams over proposals to join the grid, with its initial hope to enter under the Andretti Global banner next season rendered impossible.
After a tie-in with General Motors branch Cadillac - meeting an apparent requirement set by some F1 teams in recent months - and the FIA launching a full entry process, the Michael Andretti-led outfit could join as early as 2025 if the bid is accepted.
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'I'd love to see the grid expand'
Andretti's efforts have been the most prominent of the four bids suggested to be in the running for two potential spots on the grid, with former F1 World Champion Mario Andretti assisting his son in facing the media.
It is believed an engine supply deal is in place with Cadillac, as well as a technical department and the necessary funding to get the project off the ground.
Addressing the F1 entry process, Brown - who has been in partnership with Andretti in both IndyCar and Australian Supercars - told The Associated Press: “I think what’s come to light is that three or four teams are going to put forth entries. I’d love to see the grid expand with the right terms and conditions.
“We know I’m a supporter of Michael and Cadillac and I think they’d be healthy for the sport. I’m probably in the minority in that thinking.”
But stressing teams have no influence on the situation, Brown added: “I don’t think everyone fully understands the governance of Formula 1. At the end of the day, the teams have no vote on this particular matter.”
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