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U.S. House Judiciary Chief Investigates F1’s Rejection of Andretti’s 2026 Grid Application

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Head of US House Judiciary initiates investigation into F1's denial of Andretti's bid to enter the 2026 racing lineup.

The head of the House Judiciary Committee in the United States has initiated an investigation into Formula 1's refusal to grant Andretti a position in the racing lineup.

NBC News has released a letter from Republican Jim Jordan, who is seeking explanations for the rejection of Andretti's proposal.

The correspondence was dispatched to Liberty CEO Greg Maffei and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

"He penned that the Judiciary Committee holds the duty of scrutinizing whether federal laws designed to prevent monopolies and unfair trade restrictions are adequate."

“Sports organizations, such as Formula 1, function within a unique segment of antitrust legislation where a certain level of collaboration is essential for the product’s development.

"Nonetheless, if a sports league strays from its established regulations and procedures in a way that diminishes competitiveness and lessens public engagement with the sport, such collusion could be considered as behavior that stifles competition."

Jordan explicitly stated his skepticism towards certain reasons provided by F1 for rejecting Andretti's application for entry in 2026, a verdict that was made public at the end of January.

The reasons given for rejecting Andretti Cadillac's participation seem to be superficial, random, and not connected to Andretti Cadillac's ability to compete in Formula 1.

"For instance, Formula 1 claimed that the only way a new team could contribute positively to the sport was by 'vying for top positions and victories in races.'"

Nonetheless, the FIA had previously scrutinized and sanctioned the technical prowess of Andretti Cadillac for competition against existing squads. Moreover, the majority of present teams in Formula 1 fall short of the benchmark of consistently vying for top positions and victories in races.

Formula 1 criticized Andretti Cadillac's approach of partnering with a current engine supplier, arguing that such a move could tarnish Formula 1's reputation and status. Nevertheless, Formula 1 also mentioned that should Andretti Cadillac opt for an engine developed by General Motors for their inaugural season, introducing a brand-new engine could pose difficulties for the rookie team.

"Formula 1 faces a dilemma, it can't play both sides. According to FIA President Muhamed Ben Sulayem, the reality is that the decision to turn down Andretti Cadillac boils down to financial reasons."

In a conversation with RACER during the Miami Grand Prix, Michael Andretti expressed continued optimism regarding their Formula 1 ambitions after a recent discussion with FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

"Andretti mentioned that significant construction activities are underway at several locations, including General Motors and the Fishers headquarters, indicating a busy period of development."

"Undoubtedly, there's an element of risk involved, yet it underscores our confidence in the initiative. We're convinced it will benefit Formula 1 immensely, appeal to American audiences, and the introduction of a powerhouse like General Motors to Formula 1 is a significant move. Our level of belief is such that we're prepared to take a chance on it."

On the Miami circuit, former 1978 Formula One champion Mario Andretti shared with Sky Sports F1's Martin Brundle, "Our efforts are daily.

"We're fully prepared to tackle any obstacle presented to us; just specify the challenge and consider us onboard. We are making all necessary preparations with the goal of joining the grid by 2026."

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