F1 rejects Andretti bid to bring new US-based team to grid by 2026

It issued an emphatic dismissal of the bid but has left the option open for another application in 2028. The decision had been expected but will still prove controversial, with widespread public support for Andretti’s entry as F1’s 11th team. In October last year, after a long and exhaustive assessment, the FIA gave its approval to the Andretti entry. “Our assessment process has established that the presence of an 11th team would not, on its own, provide value to the Championship,” the F1 statement read. The Andretti team entry was felt by fans, especially in the US, to be a credible and realistic entry and many have objected to F1’s teams being opposed to accepting new competition.

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