Andretti Autosport owner and IndyCar champion Michael Andretti is attempting to field a new team in Formula 1 from 2024. The new team, should the entry be approved by the FIA, will be called Andretti Global.
According to a tweet published Friday by Mario Andretti, racing icon and father of Michael, the new team "has the resources and checks every box" to qualify for competition in F1, but has yet to be approved for entry. When reached for comment, Michael Andretti told Road & Track “It’s real.”
We've also reached out to the FIA to see if it can share any additional information at this time.
This isn't the first time Michael has been involved in Formula 1. He was signed to drive for McLaren in 1993, and achieved a best finish of third during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The photo above shows Michael right before going out for practice for the 1993 French Grand Prix. Since his move away from racing, he's become one of the most successful IndyCar team owners of all time, with his team, Andretti Autosport, having won four IndyCar series championships and five Indy 500s.
Should everything else remain constant, Andretti Global would join the 10 other current teams competing for a Formula 1 championship in 2024, should its submission be approved for entry. The last time a new team came to F1 was in 2016 when Haas joined the sport. It has earned 200 points over 122 races, but has yet to score a win, podium, or pole.
Travis Okulski contributed to this report.