Andretti ramps up F1 entry bid with Pat Symonds appointment

Six US senators have written to Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission over legality of F1's decision to reject Andretti.
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Andretti Global has emphasised the weight behind its Formula One entry bid with the appointment of veteran engineer Pat Symonds.

Confirmed:

  • Symonds will become Andretti’s executive engineering consultant once he completes his gardening leave from Formula One
  • The 70-year-old has served as the series’ chief technical officer since 2017

Context:

The former technical boss of the Williams and Renault teams has a wealth of experience in Formula One, making this a shrewd appointment from the US-based hopeful. Symonds has been working alongside the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to finalise the next set of technical regulations from 2026, meaning he will have valuable advice for his new team.

Despite being rejected from entering Formula One, Andretti’s process continues at pace. The organisation opened a UK facility in Silverstone just last month and has even convinced US Congress to look into the legality of Formula One’s decision.

The Athletic has reported that six senators have now written to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission asking for an investigation into the rejection, suggesting ‘it is possible that such a refusal to deal – especially if orchestrated through a group boycott could violate US antitrust laws’.

Comment:

Andretti Global chief executive Michael Andretti said: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Pat to the Andretti family.

“Pat’s keen understanding of aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics and F1 power units will be instrumental as we continue to build a competitive team.

“I believe his expertise has been pivotal in shaping the narrative of F1 and his vote of confidence in joining our effort speaks volumes.”

Coming next:

Formula One continues its 2024 season with the iconic Monaco Grand Prix, taking place from 24th to 26th May.

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