November 15, (THEWILL) – Detroit automaker, General Motors (GM), has officially registered with Formula One’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), to supply power units for the proposed Andretti Cadillac F1 team starting in 2028.
The move comes after the FIA approved Andretti’s expression of interest last month to join Formula One as an 11th team, although the series is still evaluating the application. According to Mark Reuss, President of GM, the company is “thrilled” to power Andretti Cadillac’s “new F1 entry” and believes its “deep engineering and racing expertise” will lead to a “successful power unit” for the team.
The announcement will likely increase pressure on F1 Management, headed by Stefano Domenicali, which has expressed reservations about expanding the grid. However, turning down GM and Andretti could risk alienating American audiences, sponsors and manufacturers, which F1 has worked to attract.
FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, welcomed the news, calling it a “further endorsement” of the FIA’s power unit regulations. Yet, most existing teams oppose expansion, arguing the proposed $200 million compensation is inadequate. They have also questioned Andretti Cadillac’s credentials as a true works team.
Michael Andretti maintains they are still targeting a 2025 entry, with a 2023 car ready for wind tunnel testing. GM said prototype development is already underway for the new power units debuting in 2026.