In a surprising turn of events, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem recently delivered a casual yet impactful comment aimed squarely at Formula One Management (FOM). He emphasized that Andretti Cadillac’s impending entry into Formula 1 was undeniably “good for the sport.” This statement came on the heels of General Motors’ announcement that it would introduce its own power units (PUs) to the Formula 1 grid in 2028.
As the motorsport world buzzes with anticipation, Andretti Cadillac’s presence deepens within the Formula 1 grid. General Motors has officially registered itself as a PU supplier, having obtained the necessary approvals from the governing authority, FIA. However, despite this significant step toward their Formula 1 debut, the sport has not yet rolled out the welcome mat for its eleventh team.
At long last, General Motors has definitively announced its plans to unveil its proprietary power unit (PU) in 2028. Mark Reuss, the president of GM, expressed his commitment with the following words:
“We are thrilled that our new Andretti Cadillac F1 entry will be powered by a GM power unit.
“With our deep engineering and racing expertise, we’re confident we’ll develop a successful power unit for the series, and position Andretti Cadillac as a true works team.
“We will run with the very best, at the highest levels, with passion and integrity that will help elevate the sport for race fans around the world.”
The timing of Cadillac’s venture into Formula 1 aligns with the sport’s impending transition into a new era of power units, set to take place in 2026. Cadillac had previously expressed its willingness to step into the role of a PU manufacturer, but there was a crucial condition attached: the partnership with Andretti Motorsport had to secure its place on the F1 grid.
Red Bull principal Christian Horner had previously suggested that Andretti needed the support of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) team to endorse their Formula 1 endeavor. Now, with that prerequisite ticked off, Mohammed Ben Sulayem has stepped into the spotlight, throwing his weight behind Andretti Cadillac’s pursuit of Formula 1 glory.
The FIA president has not minced words when addressing Formula 1’s reluctance to embrace the idea of adding an eleventh team to the grid, including the likes of Andretti Cadillac. He subtly called out the dissenters by characterizing Cadillac’s entry as “beneficial for the sport.” His stance was made clear through a post on his social media platform, where he conveyed:
“Delighted with the news that GM have registered as a PU supplier for FIA F1.
“This is a further endorsement of the FIA’s PU regulations. The presence of iconic American brands Andretti and GM is good for the sport.”