La F1 was to 48 hours to have a second US team on the starting grid, in addition to Haas. So he admitted Michael Andretti, which ensured that the negotiations to buy Clean, which currently runs Alfa Romeo Racing, they got stuck when the parties were two days away from signing the contract.
“It was really disappointing that the deal didn't go well. We were literally 48 hours away from closing it ”, explained the former Yankee pilot, who had a brief stint at F.1 in the '90s, to MotorsportWeek.
Negotiations to buy the majority of the share package from the investor group Longbow Finance they got complicated when the parties tried to reach an agreement on who would have control of the team's operations.
Despite his frustration at not meeting his goal, Andretti made it clear that he will try again to enter F.1 at some point. “The opportunities are less and less, the equipment is not really for sale at the moment. We have to see what happens in the future, but there is still interest ", Assured.
“I love Formula 1… For our brand it would be a huge thing because it would just take us to the highest level you can be at. We'll see what happens, but I'm not going to give up ”, insisted the owner of Andretti Autosport, who participates in IndyCar, Formula E y Extreme E, among other disciplines.
Michael Andretti followed in his father's footsteps Mario Andretti, champion of F.1 in 1978; and in 1993 he raced in F.1 with McLaren, where he had the Brazilian as a coequipier Ayrton Senna. Although he had arrived with very good scrolls from the CART, was champion in 1991 and runner-up in 1992; did not have a great performance.
He played thirteen races and in the first three he abandoned due to crashes. His best result was achieved in the Italian Grand Prix with a third place. However, that was his last competition at the World Cup. Ron Dennis, head of the Woking team, tired of his poor performance, he replaced him with the Finn Mika Hakkinen.