Nov.5 - Michael Andretti has denied that his bid to buy the Formula 1 team currently known as Alfa Romeo failed because of the asking price.

We reported speculation that Swiss based Sauber's current owners were asking for EUR 350 million in addition to a bank guarantee of another 250m to cover the next five years of operations.

Former F1 driver Michael Andretti, though, said the real problem wasn't money, but "control".

"I want to end this speculation that an agreement failed on the financial side. That's not true," the Andretti Autosport chief is quoted by Speed Week.

"It was more about control. And I always said that if the conditions were not right, I will not do it."

Andretti said the deal was actually looking good until a "very late stage" in the negotiations, when the Sauber owners suddenly changed their tune.

When asked if the team basically wanted to sell most of the team but keep most of the control, the American answered: "Yes, it basically boils down to that."

He also revealed that F1's owner, Liberty Media, did not get involved in a bid to smooth the troubled negotiations.

"I think they would have been quite happy if it had happened because of the American market at the moment, but there was no help from them.

"It's a shame that none of this came to pass, but we're not giving up. We're keeping our eyes peeled for another opportunity, but under the right conditions."

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5 F1 Fan comments on “Andretti keeps his eyes peeled to buy F1 team

  1. Linda

    What a shame they can't start a new team. It would open up 2 extra seats for drivers who have the talent to be in F1, but don't have a drive due to lack of seats.

    • ReallyOldRacer

      Bingo. Bring back the run what ya' brung era when racers just wanted to race and the money be damned. 30-32 car F1 fields were an absolute hoot. Now THAT was a show.

    • ReallyOldRacer

      I think Mr.Haas weighed it all up and realized his tool company could realize a real ROI. The only return for Michael is ego gratification.


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