US Congress asks Formula 1 three questions over Andretti Global’s refusal

US Congress asks Formula 1 three questions over Andretti Global’s refusal
US Congress asks Formula 1 three questions over Andretti Global’s refusal

New twist in Andretti Global’s bid to join F1. After an agreement from the International Automobile Federation (FIA), but a refusal from F1, the American team continued to work as if nothing had happened, in the hope of joining the premier category. She even announced that she was preparing for her entry into F2 and F3 to convince Formula One Management (FOM) to let her compete in the future. But 12 members of the American Congress, which brings together the Senate and the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Greg Maffei, the president of Liberty Media, which owns the commercial rights to F1.

In it, the signatories emphasize the “anti-competitive” nature of the FOM’s decision. Indeed, they rely on the prior agreement of the FIA, and on the fact that this choice would have been taken, in part, by the other teams, who fear the arrival of a new engine manufacturer in the person of General Motors.

“The rejection of FOM appears to be driven by the current makeup of European Formula 1 teams, many of which are affiliated with foreign automakers that compete directly with U.S. auto companies such as GM.”

Congress questions F1

In the text, three fundamental questions emerge for the pinnacle of motorsport. The first concerns the Accords Concordes, an agreement between the different players in F1. In these the maximum presence of 12 teams is mentioned. However, there are currently only 10 on the grid and the FIA ​​had accepted the request from Andretti Global and General Motors to become the eleventh.

“Under the Concorde Agreement, the document that governs Formula 1, up to 12 teams can participate. Currently, 10 teams participate in Formula 1 races. […] Andretti Global, with partner GM, submitted an application and, after receiving four applications, the FIA ​​approved Andretti Global. Under what authority does the FOM reject the admission of Andretti Global? What is the reason for FOM’s refusal, especially regarding Andretti Global and its partner GM, which could be the first American owned and built racing team?

The second concerns the Sherman Act which regulates the competitive American economic market. The non-acceptance of a new American team would constitute nonsense since its integration would be beneficial to the market across the Atlantic rather than to the current 100% European market.

“The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 prohibits unreasonable restrictions on market competition in order to produce the best possible result for the American consumer. How the FOM’s refusal to grant licenses to Andretti Global and GM, American companies “Does it accord with the requirements of the Sherman Act, given that the decision will benefit existing European racing teams and their foreign automobile manufacturing subsidiaries?”

Finally, she questions the role of the teams already in place who refuse to see the cake divided into an additional slice.

“To what extent did the entry of GM and Andretti into automobile racing, which would take part of the market share, and the entry of GM into the European market, which would take market share, play a role role in the decision to refuse admission to the Andretti Global team, given the public outcry from existing Formula 1 teams against a new American competitor?

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To sum up

A letter from twelve members of the American Congress has been sent to F1 regarding the refusal to accept Andretti Global (and General Motors) as the eleventh team in the paddock. The signatories ask three questions to Formula 1 managers.

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