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US Congress members demand F1 explains Andretti snub · RaceFans


Members of america Congress have written to System One Administration questioning its refusal to just accept Andretti International’s software to compete within the championship.

FOM introduced in January this yr it didn’t settle for the bid which the FIA accepted three months earlier.

In a letter to Greg Maffei, president of F1’s proprietor Liberty Media, the congress members expressed issues the sequence is limiting competitors by refusing to permit the crew to take one of many two areas accessible for brand spanking new groups below the Concorde Settlement.

The letter was signed by a dozen of the 535 congress members. They questioned whether or not Andretti and Normal Motors model Cadillac, which intends to enter as an influence unit producer, was being prevented from benefiting from the identical publicity F1 provides to European manufacturers already current within the sequence.

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Mario Andretti, the 1978 world champion and father of Michael Andretti whose crew is searching for to enter F1, visited the US Capitol constructing right now to induce the federal government to take up the trigger for the crew.

Andretti International mentioned in an announcement they’re: “Grateful to the bipartisan members of Congress for his or her assist in difficult this anti-competitive behaviour.

“We stay dedicated to bringing the primary US works crew and energy unit to F1 and to giving American followers a house crew to root for.

“It’s our hope that this may be resolved swiftly in order that Andretti Cadillac can take its rightfully authorised place on the grid in 2026. Our work continues at tempo.”

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US Congress members’ letter to FOM

Expensive Mr. Maffei:

We write to precise our issues with obvious anti-competitive actions that might forestall two American corporations, Andretti International and Normal Motors (GM), from producing and competing in System 1.

This partnership, which incorporates GM and the 1000’s of its staff who we characterize, would showcase distinctive American engineering and design expertise, together with the manufacturing of the one American-built and designed engine (energy unit) in System 1.

Final yr, the Federation Internationale de l’Car (FIA), the only real and unbiased arbiter of entry into System 1, authorised Andretti International to enter System 1 racing beginning in 2026. Nonetheless, regardless of FIA’s approval of the Andretti International partnership, System One Administration (FOM), the industrial rights holder owned by Liberty Media Company, rejected Andretti International’s admission.

FOM’s rejection seems to be pushed by the present line-up of European System 1 race groups, lots of that are affiliated with international car producers that immediately compete with American automotive corporations like GM. It’s unfair and flawed to aim to dam American corporations from becoming a member of System 1, which might additionally violate American antitrust legal guidelines.

Participation of all System 1 teams- together with any American groups—ought to be based mostly on advantage and never simply restricted to defending the present line-up of race groups. That is very true contemplating System l’s rising presence in america, together with three grand prix motoring racing occasions in Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

As Members of Congress, we request your responses to the next questions:

1. Below the Concorde Settlement, System l’s governing doc, as much as 12 groups can take part. Presently, there are 10 groups competing in System 1 races. Beforehand, the FIA launched and led a complete software course of with the aim of permitting a number of potential groups to hitch System 1 racing sequence. Andretti International, with its accomplice GM, submitted an software, and after receiving 4 purposes, the FIA authorised Andretti International. Below what authority does FOM proceed to reject admission of Andretti International? What’s the rationale for FOM’s rejection, particularly with respect to Andretti International and its accomplice GM, probably being the primary American-owned and America-built race crew?

2. The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 outlaws unreasonable restraints on market competitors to provide the very best consequence for the American shopper. How does FOM’s denial of Andretti International and GM, American-owned corporations, sq. with Sherman Act necessities, for the reason that choice will profit incumbent European racing groups and their international car manufacturing associates?

3. We perceive that GM intends to re-introduce its Cadillac model into the European market, which might assist 1000’s of good-paying American automotive jobs, particularly with System l’s worldwide viewers and its halo impact on its groups and sponsors. How a lot did GM’s and Andretti’s entrance into racing competitors taking a portion of the racing market share and GM’s entry into the European market taking market share every play into the choice to disclaim admission to the Andretti International crew, given the general public outcry of incumbent System 1 groups in opposition to a brand new American competitor?

We request your response by Might third, 2024, as we proceed to train oversight on this matter, and with the suitable federal regulators, to make sure that any potential violations of US anti-competition legislation are expeditiously investigated and pursued.

Sincerely,

John James, member of congress
Donald G Davis, member of congress
Jim Banks, member of congress
Jake Ellzey, member of congress
Morgan Luttrell, member of congress
Erin Houchin, member of congress
Andrea Carson, member of congress
Jared Moskowitz, member of congress
Rudy Yakym III, member of congress
Ronny L Jackson, member of congress
Daniel T Kildee, member of congress
Haley M Stevens, member of congress

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