Andretti revealed back in February that he was working on a new F1 operation to join the network in the near future following an application to acquire Sauber-Run Alpha Romeo the team failed at 11 p.m. last year.
Currently, Andretti Autosport is involved in IndyCar, Indy Lights, Formula E and Supercars, and Operation F1 – Andretti Global – will put on one of the seats of the current IndyCar pilot Colt Gert.
The process of joining the network requires the FIA to publish a formal request for new registrations, which has not yet been published.
The meeting of Andretti and Ben Sulayem took place on Friday in Miami, which, according to Andretti, was “positive”.
“I think he supports it, but there is a big process that needs to be done and all that,” Andretti explained in a Miami unit on Friday.
“He said he supports the process. There is still a long way to go. But it’s nice, Mohammed liked what we presented.
“I don’t want to talk too much, they don’t want to talk about it too much. But positive things. “
Although Andretti thought he “would not receive a response for some time” about joining the network, he indicated that plans to build a Formula One facility in Indianapolis, construction of which will begin “hopefully in August.”
“We spend money on running the ball because we feel we hope to get it,” Andretti said.
“We are taking a risk, but we think it is worth the risk. Because we have to run the ball. That’s why we hire people and things like that. “
Andretti plans to have a Formula One headquarters in both Indianapolis and the UK, but he thought the latter already existed.
Andretti’s desire to join the network provoked a warm reaction from some figures in the Formula 1 podium. Any new team must pay a fee of $ 200 million under the terms of the Concorde agreement to protect existing outfits and their share of prize money.
Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff said in March that he believed any new team should “demonstrate what it can do for other teams, for the F1 and FIA” to help the series grow, while Gunther Steiner, who heads Haas , said in Miami that “10 teams is a good solution” at the moment.
“10 teams is not the number,” said Andretti.
“Come to think of it, in the 25th they will have a Concord agreement. Red Bull now owns two teams. They say they are pulling out, now you have 16 cars.
“It is impossible to organize a race with 16 cars. You can race with 18 cars. For me, it gives them more leverage in teams through additional teams.
Asked if he was surprised by his reaction and that more people were not accepting his interests, Andretti replied: “I think millions of people are accepting this. It’s just that people aren’t at the moment. “