Last October everyone was witnessing a negotiation, that was supposed to be in its final stages, between Michael Andretti and Finn Rausing for the sale of the 80% of the shares of the Sauber Alfa Romeo team.
People were even expecting an imminent announcement at the United States Grand Prix in Austin and Colton Herta was named as a driver, ready to revive the dynasty of Americans in the Circus.
“It was really, really disappointing that that deal didn’t come together.” Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport's CEO, said referring to the agreement that didn't go through with Alfa Romeo, to Racer.
“It’s the biggest racing series in the world and I think it could just do wonders for our brand.
“Internationally obviously, we are with Formula E and Extreme E, to do Formula 1 is the ultimate. I’ve always had interest in that.
“We were literally 48 hours away from getting the deal done at that time as we thought.
“I still very much would like to do it, opportunities are becoming less and less, teams aren’t really for sale right now,” he added.
“We have to see what happens in the future,” – Andretti revealed - “There’s still interest. I love F1, it’s the ultimate racing experience, and for our brand would be just huge, it just takes us to the highest level you can be in.”
Andretti still has the desire to establish his name also in the most important motorsport series, despite the fewer and fewer opportunities to do it imminently because, at least for now, as he said, there are no teams on the market.
“There’s always a Plan B or C,” he admitted.
“We’re definitely still attacking it. We’ll see what happens, but I’m not going to give up on it.
“There could be opportunities that come down the road that aren’t here right now and we’re just going to keep looking for those opportunities.” He explained.
“I mean, I think there’s some things you learn, you’re always learning, but would I say we could have done things differently? Probably not too much.
“We did a pretty good job of getting to the point of where we were at, I’m sure there’s things I learned, but would I do much different from what we did there? Probably not,” he concluded.