F1 News: “People Joining From Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes”: Andretti Insider Claims They Are Offering Crew Members Something Top Teams Cannot

Published 01/31/2024, 4:36 AM EST

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Michael Andretti has made a big announcement as they are on their way to creating an F1 team. After dominating other motorsports, Andretti has his eyes on Formula 1. Being an ex-F1 driver, it is not surprising that Andretti wants to get back into some of the action. While their team takes shape, their new F1 technical director, Nick Chester, shared some insight about the hype around the team.

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Andretti, in collaboration with Cadillac, is actively progressing in wind tunnel testing, parts production, and recruitment for its Formula 1 team. While talking to The Athletic, Nick Chester went ahead to share how members from the top teams, such as Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes, want to join the upcoming F1 Team.

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During the interview with the Athletic, Michael Andretti, Andretti Global’s CEO and chairman said, “Time is always of the essence in F1.” And it looks like their time is coming soon with a new team being considered to join Formula 1. Chester added, We’ve had people joining from Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren. They all wanted a new challenge. It’s that real potential to shape departments, which is very attractive.”

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Nicks’s statement sent waves around the F1 community, with many curious to know which members from the top 4 teams want to jump into Andretti. While it may seem like members from the top 4 teams are happy in their place, the new environment of working in a fresh team has appealed to many. Chester also said, “There’s a real draw of a new team, the Andretti name. A blank sheet tends to have a very proactive culture.”

Chester reveals that crew members from these established teams are seeking a new challenge and are enticed by the real potential to shape departments within the Andretti technical group. The team also boasts a head of aerodynamics, Jon Tomlinson, and chief designer, John McQuilliam, both with substantial F1 backgrounds.

The desire for a new challenge is a common theme among those joining the Andretti project. Crew members from top teams are attracted to the idea of breaking away from established structures and facing unique challenges that come with building a team from the ground up.

When can we expect to see Andretti to join F1?

Michael Andretti has planned for a 2026 launch of the F1 team. Parts are already in production, and the team is utilizing Toyota’s Cologne wind tunnel for testing. Plans include testing a full-scale F1 chassis model by mid-2024, showcasing the team’s commitment to meeting technical requirements.

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Despite the 2026 target for joining the F1 grid, Andretti has been proactive in car development. The team used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to design a car for current technical regulations, evolving into a 2023 model at a 60 percent scale in Toyota’s wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany. Plans include building a full-size Andretti F1 chassis in mid-2024 for testing.

Michael Andretti acknowledges the challenges in building competitive race cars. He emphasizes the significance of progressing on long-lead activities like aerodynamic design and simulation. Existing F1 teams, totaling 10, oppose Andretti-Cadillac’s entry. Their objections center on worries about revenue loss and potential infrastructure issues at specific F1 calendar stops. Opposition has not deterred Andretti-Cadillac, as the team believes in the positive impact it can bring to F1.

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F1 president Stefano Domenicali hasn’t publicly supported Andretti-Cadillac. There’s also no backing from existing F1 teams. Despite this, team owner Michael Andretti is confident, moving ahead with preparations. He believes in the team’s potential contributions to F1, considering the sport’s increasing popularity in the United States. That being said, do you think Andretti will get the pass to join F1 in 2026?

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Viren Mirpuri

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