Feb.3 - Any new Formula 1 team must have the appropriate "infrastructure" and "financial background" in order to be welcomed from the existing competitors.

That is the view of former Williams boss Jost Capito, just as the governing FIA officially launched the application process for "prospective Formula 1 teams".

And as well as a "rigorous financial and technical analysis", the Paris-based federation said new teams would also be assessed based on "sustainability" and a "positive societal impact criteria".

Williams team boss Capito says 'no decision' on VW link yet

Jost Capito (GER) Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer. Qatar Grand Prix, Saturday 20th November 2021. Doha, Qatar.

"The high level of interest from a number of potential candidates is further proof of the popularity and growth of the championship," the statement added.

"The FIA believes the conditions are right for interested parties, which meet the selection criteria, to express a formal interest in entering the championship," confirmed FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

The formal team application process follows intense speculation that the new alliance between Michael Andretti's US-based operation and Cadillac are facing major resistance to their F1 bid from the existing teams.

"One thing is clear," said Capito, who was speaking to Germany's Auto Bild after being replaced for 2023 by Mercedes' former strategy boss James Vowles.

"Only teams that really have the right infrastructure and the financial background to pull it off should come," the ex-Williams team boss added.

"I don't think it would be good for Formula 1 if a team came in and then left quite quickly. That's why the teams that want to come in have to prove that they can do it."

On the face of it, given the Cadillac connection and Andretti's successful forays in Indycar and Formula E - and the beginning of work on a new factory - Andretti would appear to be an ideal candidate for F1.

"Yes, but building a Formula 1 team is always something different," said Capito.

"So you'd have to look closely at the details. As long as I was at Williams, Andretti's connection to GM didn't exist."

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3 F1 Fan comments on “F1 community divided as new teams face strict financial and technical analysis

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    "So you'd have to look closely at the details. As long as I was at Williams, Andretti's connection to GM didn't exist."

    Yeah, well Jost your tenure at Williams wasn't that long. Andretti was winning with GM engines as recently as last decade.

  2. AusPeter

    The opposition of existing teams should be substantially ignored as they are being selfish probably to avoid further competition and the spreading and dilution of any funds distributed by the F1 system. The nore teams the better. Financial and technical capabilities are essential for any successful, competitive team. Every new team needs to be encouraged to compete as it will make for a greater experince for fans who beside teh glory for the teams in winning, is the prime aspect of F!.

  3. CanadianEh

    Are these same rules applied to existing teams? They had better be. Level playing field , transparency and all that. If not, it would be a clear indication that the existing teams want a monopoly on the billions-of-dollars the sport generates. Which should come as no surprise.


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