Andretti does not give up on F1

US team owner Michael Andretti says his interest in having his own Formula 1 team in the near future has not waned despite his recent failure to acquire Alfa Romeo Racing.

The motorsport conglomerate of Mario Andretti’s son, which includes teams from IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula E, Extreme E and stakes in Australian company Walkinshaw Andretti United, was in the process of forging a deal with the majority shareholder of Sauber Motorsport but negotiations collapsed at the last moment.

But there is no question for the one who was Ayrton Senna’s teammate at McLaren in 1993 to give up. Seeing the name Andretti back in F1 remains a goal for him.

« Formula 1 is the biggest circuit championship in the world and I think it would be wonderful for Andretti to be there »said Michael Andretti, speaking at RACER / Epartrade Online Race Industry Week.

“At the international level of course, we are with Formula E and Extreme E, but doing Formula 1 would be the pinnacle, admits the American. It has always interested me. It was really disappointing that this deal with Sauber didn’t come to an end. We missed two days to complete everything ”.

“I would still love to have my team in F1 but the opportunities are becoming fewer and fewer and no team is for sale at the moment, he continues. We have to see what will happen in the future ”.

“I still have interest. I love F1, it’s the ultimate racing experience, and for the Andretti franchise that would be just huge because it takes us to the highest level of motor racing ”.

“There is always a plan B or C. We will consider it at some point. We’ll see what happens, but I won’t give it up. There might be opportunities that arise along the way and we’ll just keep looking for those opportunities ”, concludes Andretti.

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