Michael Andretti has been eager to have his team in Formula 1 for some time now. The former F1 driver has submitted a bid for Andretti-Cadillac to enter the sport in 2025/2026. However, the 60-year-old has faced opposition from F1 and the current teams for proposing an 11th team. Red Bull Consultant Dr. Helmut Marko has expressed his idea of Andretti acquiring the Alpine F1 team.
Marko believed it would be ideal if Michael Andretti took over the Renault works team. The Red Bull advisor explained that such an acquisition would allow for the size of the current grid to remain at ten teams, negating the need for the existing teams to lose out on prize money and commercial revenue. Moreover, such a deal would ensure that Renault remains in the sport as a power unit supplier to Andretti.
Helmut Marko stated, “Andretti should buy the Alpine team. That would be best for everyone. Formula 1 would keep its 10 teams. Andretti could finally get in and Renault can still be involved.” It is to be noted that as per reports, Renault has agreed to supply the proposed Andretti-Cadillac endeavor if the American team is accepted into F1.
Alpine F1 team’s management is in chaos at the moment
The French team recently overhauled its leadership structure with the exit of Team Principal Otmar Szafnauerand Sporting Director Alan Permane. Renault even sold 24% of the equity stake in Alpine to investors, including Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds for over $200 Million. As such, the French auto giant is looking for other partners to foot the bill for the Enstone-based team.
This could be the prime opportunity for Michael Andretti to take over F1’s only French team potentially. The 60-year-old would then have the perfect gateway into F1 without hampering the commercial revenue for the others on the grid. Although, Andretti might wait before getting officially denied to race in F1 before making such a move.
Thus, Helmut Marko insisted that Michael Andretti should purchase the Alpine F1 team. The Enstone-based team is going through a leadership shake-up with the influx of millions from new investors. As such, if Andretti can convince Renault to sell off its F1 team, then the former F1 driver might have the best platform to launch his own team.
Armaan Agarwal is a Formula 1 Subhead and author at Firstsportz. He has been a Motorsports writer for over six years a journey that started in 2017 with his own F1 blog. Armaan has been part of the Firstsportz for over a year and has published more than 1000 articles. His experience, passion for racing, and in-depth knowledge of the sport enable him to give racing fans worldwide a unique perspective of the sport. Armaan has always loved cars and it was Sebastian Vettel that made him a passionate F1 fan. Armaan is presently studying Mass Communication at St Xavier's University Kolkata.
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