11th team F1 probably Andretti. wants before

Formula 1 and the FIA ​​have shown the first signs of being willing to expand the grid beyond 10 teams.

It would be good news for Michael Andretti if he were to enter F1 like that.

But he is not.

Andretti’s potential entry is being held at arm’s length for a reason. F1 stakeholders are demanding proof of the benefits of accepting the Andretti Global F1 team entry in 2024.

In simple terms Andretti needs to prove that his F1 team will have the necessary resources to be a serious and long-term addition to the grid and generate substantial commercial interest, costing Liberty Media, primarily in the United States. and/or other F1 teams by sharing revenue with another entity.

This argument is now well understood, though not universally agreed. There are many people who think that only the name Andretti deserves an F1 entry. Others – whether they have looked at specific Andretti proposals or are just working on vague details that have been made public – are adamant that Andretti has the right resources and partners.

So why doesn’t F1 share this view? The Race understands that the most likely reason is that they don’t want Team 11th to be Andretti Global. Its priority is to have a new work entry for it.

F1 will prioritize a global manufacturer because it will have far greater reach and appeal internationally. Whereas the Andretti argument has relied extensively on theoretical benefits to be had in the United States.

The question is, where will this new work team come from. Two candidates come to mind: Honda and Audi. But it seems that each will face enormous obstacles.

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Audi, it seems most likely to join the F1 grid in 2026, doesn’t seem too interested in starting its team from scratch. It wants to buy into an existing one and build its own engine for that team to use. This has been a known strategy for some time and gradually the options have been narrowed down: McLaren looks like a no-go and Aston Martin seems too complicated.

Sauber (currently racing as Alfa Romeo) and Williams are the remaining options. Some say it is Sauber that has the best chance – it has excellent features, at least a willingness to sell the naming rights, and has a previous relationship with Audi on the LMP1 challenge.

Others feel that the Williams team is based in the UK and may be interested in selling to Dorilton Capital given its significant increase in value, so the Williams team may be a better option.

The point is, Audi has options. Even though he may have to pay as much as he wants. And it would be better to start a new organization from scratch.

Honda, however, has only moved away from F1. And it hasn’t done so very confidently either, given that its engines are still being used by Red Bull and AlphaTauri and will be by the end of 2025. Working with Red Bull for new engine rules is out of the question, however, as Red Bull will soon announce that it has signed a deal with Porsche for 2026.

But F1 is quite eager for Honda to return and has thought for some time, certainly the end of last season, that Honda might regret its decision to leave.

It assumes that there is potential. And before F1’s ex-managing director Masashi Yamamoto left to join Red Bull Powertrain, he is said to have suggested to Honda’s CEO that he should take a task if the company decided to return to F1 in the future. This would need to be done as a team, not just an engine manufacturer.

There are also suggestions that F1 R&D work at Honda’s Sakura base has not been completely discontinued and that maintenance of its engines is still being used by Red Bull and AlphaTauri.

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Apparently, Honda continues to monitor discussions for the 2026 technical regulations. As such, if the decision to restart the F1 program comes in the next few years, Honda will not operate from a permanent start.

For that to happen, though, Honda’s board would need to make a massive U-turn and make serious investments. And there are clear reasons to suspect this to be the case.

Honda left because the board needed to redirect its huge F1 research and development costs to other areas of the business as it has fallen behind rivals on sustainable technologies.

The F1 infrastructure that Honda had outside its Sakura R&D facility has been divested. Senior staff members now work in different departments or have joined Red Bull (such as Yamamoto, or Honda employees at a UK HRD facility).

And we can dwell for a long time on the fact that Honda has no European base to work from, no immediate F1 team or chassis knowledge, and a very small and unsuccessful form of a works team. is history. Being an engine supplier it has traditionally done the best.

The short term of Honda’s F1 projects has always been the manufacturer’s undoing. Curiously, this lack of commitment should be one reason why F1 would be wary of expanding the grid for Honda. If there was suspicion that the Andretti entry would only last five or six years before the plug was pulled, it would be rejected almost immediately.

But even in the short-lived Honda, or indeed any manufacturer, will probably have massive upsides for F1, which makes it a worthwhile gamble, no matter how vulnerable to boardroom changes of heart.

Car makers have always had a different fascination. And that brings us back to F1’s fundamental lack of confidence and interest in Andretti.

To change this, Andretti’s proposal needs to be more convincing. Yet there is no guarantee that it will be the first name in F1’s shortlist for the new team.

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