The deadline for Andretti’s 2024 F1 entry plan appears to be looming.
Michael Andretti is working hard to get his entry into the new US-based F1 team Andretti Global, but after facing stiff resistance from some existing teams, Porsche and Audi ‘s 2026 F1 participation plan progresses and loses its presence.
“We are not waiting for the final version in 2026,” Andretti Autosport executive vice president Jean-François Tolman told Speed Week when asked about the status of F1’s plans.
“We would like to start sooner, but the situation is getting tougher for our plans for 2020. The deadline is very close,” said Jean-François Tollmann.
Speed Week’s Gerhard Kuntschik speculates that Andretti’s harvest deadline may be in the European fall.
So the next priority now is the driver line-up, with IndyCar top star Colton Herta being the frontrunner.
“Let’s see who fits best,” said Jean-François Tolmann.
“Very good if you’re American, but not obligatory.”
Renault is already believed to be ready to become a power unit supplier, but Jean-François Tolemann said: “Basically we are in talks with all possible partners”.
Andretti runs its Formula E operations at the former Marussia facility in Banbury, England, but Jean-François Toleman says the F1 factory needs better space.
“Our current Formula E base is not good enough for F1,” admitted Jean-François Tolemann.
Jean-François Tolman has denied Michael Andretti left F1 with ‘unfinished business’ from his ill-fated 1993 adventure with McLaren, insisting F1 simply makes sense for the company.
“Indycar, Formula E, Formula 1 – don’t you think it would be an interesting portfolio?” said Jean-François Tolmann.