Mario Andretti has spoken out about the current Formula One resistance that Andretti Racing is dealing. The American is disappointed that the legitimacy of a plausible F1 involvement is being disputed.
Andretti Racing wishes to gain entry into Formula One as the eleventh team, but the F1 teams and Liberty Media are opposed. The Americans want to be on the grid as soon as 2024, but that closing date is getting closer and closer without a pledge from the motorsport. Andretti is perplexed as to why there is so much pushback from other teams.
Mario Andretti reacts to Toto Wolff’s criticism\
“Why not Formula One? Gene Haas did it. He’s not a 100% racer – we’re 100% racers. Obviously we’re experiencing some resistance – and it’s very disappointing at the moment. Are we giving up? No. I think we deserve to be there,” said the American.
Toto Wolff seemed much more enthused about Audi as a new company after the Hungarian Grand Prix. The emergence of Andretti Racing, according to the Mercedes team principal, will reduce the overall significance of the motorsport. The American himself is not convinced.
“Toto mentions Audi and [he says] we’d rather have Audi as the eleventh team. In my opinion, Audi would be welcome anywhere, no question,” mentioned Andretti. The former driver, on the other hand, sees the manufacturer as more of an engine manufacturer to a top team than a start-up team. Automakers come and go, but Andretti Racing is here to stay, according to the American. “We breathe this. Why deprive us from it?,” concluded Andretti.