F1: Renault should power Andretti well

Andretti Global is knocking on the door of Formula 1. The big boss of Renault, himselfconfirmed that the brand would be the supplier of the power unit.

All the pieces are falling into place little by little. With rumors, confirmations during interviews, new rumors, etc. Present at Imola for the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, Luca de Meo, CEO of the Renault group, indicated that Andretti Global will be powered by an “E-Tech” engine.

Michael Andretti therefore continues to put everything in place to arrive in the championship. The FIA ​​has not yet formally launched the call for tenders for two new teams, but it should not be long, a priori. The conditions are more draconian than during the HRT and similar epics and if a team applies, it must display solid « financial ambitions » (ie. have a sourced and verified budget since it is necessary to pay 200M€ of entry fee).

Mutually fruitful collaboration?

Several weeks ago, in an interview, Mario Andretti, father of Michael and 1978 Formula 1 world champion, confirmed that the future team had formally found its supplier. Renault/Alpine has never hidden its ambition to find a customer team to be able to better develop its engine, but also to have a possible base for the drivers of its Alpine sector.

For Alpine, this could also increase its notoriety in the world, and especially across the Atlantic, with an ultra-known name in motorsport. Michael also has the legitimacy of having raced in F1 with McLaren (13 GP in 1993, 1 podium which is 1 more than Nico Hülkenberg…) and of having won the CART in 1991 and having made 3 podiums in the 500 Miles from Indianapolis.

Andretti’s team should rely on a chassis designed by Dallara (or other). The team could have an official base in the USA (Andretti Autosport is in Indianapolis) but an operational base in England, a bit like Haas. Andretti has long wanted to come to F1 and even recently tried to buy the Sauber team (Alfa Romeo), in vain. The arrival as a new team would be for the 2024 season.

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