Mario Andretti has said he is confident that “all the ingredients are in place” for the arrival of his team on the grid by 2024.
The ex-Formula 1 world champion insists that the outfit is rearing to go despite some pushback from the current ten teams on the grid.
A number of existing outfits have spoken out about the logistical issues – such as budgeting – around the arrival of an 11th team and are hesitant to accept them with open arms.
Andretti and his son Michael, are no strangers to owning motorsport teams and have run successful single-seater contenders in the United States.
Andretti submitted the necessary FIA paperwork in a bid to get onto the grid by 2024, and according to reports was trying to sway the teams in the paddock in their favour at the Miami Grand Prix last weekend.
Speaking after the Florida race, to Sky reporters, Andretti said: “I can tell you one thing, it’s not for the lack of trying.
“We’re on it, no question about it.
“There’s a process that we’re respecting and we’re trying to check all the boxes we’re expected to be checking and the objective is to be there, to be on the grid in 2024.
“We have a big, huge team that can make this happen.
“Time is of the essence, no question, but I think all the ingredients are in place.”
He says the Andretti “100 percent have the budget and engine supplier” in place, for a smooth transition into the sport, and they plan to boast American drivers and an American-built car, to attract support from the growing audience there.