Formula 1 fans are following with particular attention the progress on the recent negotiations taking place between Michael Andretti and Sauber, with the latter coming under the control of the US manager. According to what has emerged in recent days, Mario’s son, 1978 world champion, is close to acquiring 80% of TetraPak, the latter owner of the Swiss team now present in F1 under the name of Alfa Romeo.
The eventual return of the Andretti name in the top racing series would not only be a leap to the heart for many fans of the Circus, but would also lead to the potential interest of many American sponsors in turn ready to enter Formula 1. Regardless of how they end up. operations, the only reality with stars and stripes currently present in the paddock is the Haas. Founded by the owner of the same name in 2015 and regularly enrolled in the world championship from the following season, the team is currently experiencing a period of strong crisis in results, without any placement in points obtained so far throughout 2021.
However, the news of Michael Andretti’s entry has access to hope in Banbury’s approach to new business partners compatriots. Yet, as confirmed by the team principal Gunther Steiner to racingnews365.com, this circumstance has not yet occurred: “Speaking on behalf of an American team, I don’t see anyone as a threat – confirmed the Bolzano player – more than anything else I think about what we have not done adequately: we have not exploited the US market, and specifically that of sponsorships, as we should have. Otherwise, we would have more American logos on the car. At the same time, however, there is the feeling that everything must necessarily be Made in the USA, or in any case there must be more attention directed overseas. However, there was no one who knocked on our door with a great sponsorship claiming to be American and to want to support a compatriot driver at the same time with this move. There is no magic in this game – he added – and there won’t be many changes. At the moment it’s just words, but we need to move on ”.
Andretti would therefore seem close to the almost complete acquisition of Sauber, a team based in Switzerland. When asked why the owner of the homonymous team – present in IndyCar and Formula E – would not have been interested in completing the same operation with Haas, Steiner replied: “I honestly don’t know what Michael is doing – he replied – I talked to him a couple of times, but not recently. I don’t know what he’s trying to do. Almost everyone knows each other in the US categories – he concluded – and it is possible that there have been talks, but perhaps not as concrete as we think ”.
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