A statement from Rodin Cars discussing its own failed application to join the Formula 1 grid has named Andretti Global as being successful in meeting the FIA’s criteria.
The FIA opened up the process to allow potential new entrants to try and join F1 earlier this year, with Andretti having been the most vocal project wanting to enter. But New Zealand car manufacturer Rodin has now confirmed it submitted an application that has since been rejected, in a statement from founder David Dicker.
“Rodin Cars participated in the recent FIA process aimed at gaining entry into the prestigious Formula 1 World Championship,” Dicker stated. “Unfortunately, our bid was not successful.
“This statement is intended to provide insight into the key points of our bid that we believe justified its merit. We wish to emphasize that our objective here is not to criticize the FIA or seek a reconsideration of its decision. We fully respect and accept the outcome. Our sole purpose is to release information we consider in the public interest to inform the Formula 1 community.
“Recent information suggests, as anticipated from the outset of this process, that the only successful applicant will be Andretti Global.”
Dicker goes on to explain that his team would have been based out of New Zealand and guaranteed to run a female driver if it had been successful.
“We committed to reserving one seat for a female driver. We have tested Liam Lawson, Jamie Chadwick and Louis Sharp at our facility in New Zealand, in both an F3 car and our own car, the Rodin FZed, which is a car somewhat quicker than a GP2/F2 car. Jamie performed exceptionally well, and if she was available, we would have no hesitation in putting her in a seat.”
He also suggest a Ferrari partnership was in the works, adding: “We had the opportunity of discussions for a Ferrari collaboration on the Rodin F1 car.”
Dicker also pointed out that Rodin’s ownership stake in Carlin provided a pathway for young drivers through the European ladder, and says his personal wealth would have fully funded the project if required.
“We appreciate the opportunity to have participated in the FIA process and extend our best wishes to Andretti for their successful bid,” the statement concluded. “Rodin Cars remains committed to pushing the boundaries of motorsport and will continue to pursue excellence in the world of racing.”
The FIA has yet to formally comment on the process, but any successful applicant would still need to reach an agreement with Formula 1 itself on a commercial level to be able to join the grid.