Andretti Autosport won’t buy F1 anytime soon


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Wipe away your tears, racing fans, because the The Andretti family does not appear soon to buy the Alfa Romeo Formula One team. Turns out all that hype was just that: hype.

If you missed the latest drama, Michael Andretti, son of legendary Mario Andretti and owner of the Andretti Autosport racing team, is considering buying a controlling stake in the company that owns Sauber, which in turn owns the Alfa Romeo F1 team. Some vague rumors about an ongoing meeting between Andretti and the parties involved took off, and fans desperate for a small American performance began to speculate that Colton Herta could end up in F1 as a result of the deal.

It turns out that this does not happen, RUNNER reports based on conversations with multiple sources.

Nothing bad seems to have stood in the way of the deal. Instead, Andretti and Sauber were scheduled to have talks over the U.S. Grand Prix weekend, and those talks were postponed. It was vaguely hoped that talks would continue in Mexico City during the Mexican Grand Prix next weekend, but RUNNER said various sources disagree. Instead, the $ 404 million deal is ruled out entirely.

Part of the problem seems to be with Colton Herta, who has always been attached to to become an Alfa Romeo driver under the deal. Herta was supposed to compete in Free Practice 1 at the United States Grand Prix, but her Super License situation was quite murky.

To participate in any F1 session you must have achieved a certain number of points by participating in a number of FIA verified motorsport disciplines. Even with a COVID-mandated addendum that would have included Herta’s second place finish to finish in the Indy Light 2018 championship, he would not have had enough points because the FIA ​​only awards points if the season is contested by a certain number of drivers. The 2018 Indy Lights pitch was incredibly thin and did not make this requirement.

So Herta couldn’t drive an F1 in FP1, and it looks like it was a integral part of the agreement.

As it stands, the Andretti / Sauber agreement does not appear to be a comeback, so it’s probably time to say goodbye toThe prospect of two US-based F1 teams on the 2022 starting grid.

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