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Stroll on! Aston Martin owner against Andretti plan

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll has voiced his opposition to Michael Andretti’s proposals to launch an 11th team in Formula One.

Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA approved Andretti’s plan earlier this week but F1 are yet to rule on whether the all–American team can become part of the paddock.

The main objection from the current teams centre around the division of prize money.

Speaking at the announcement of Aston Martin’s return to Le Man, Stroll told Sky Sports: “The sport has never been in a better place, and I believe if it isn’t broken, you don’t need to fix it.

“I think F1, at the moment, the business is on fire.

“I’m a strong believer that it’s working really well with 10 teams right now, and believe that’s the way it should stay.”

Stroll is happy with the F1 brand is growing globally, and particularly in the United States.

He added: “There’s never been more fans and spectators at races, the audience is the highest it’s ever been.

“I continue to see substantial growth, particularly in the United States, which is the largest consumer market in the world.

“As you know, we now have three races in the States – we’re in our second year in Miami, we’re going to Las Vegas in November.

“So, I see tremendous growth possibilities going forward.”

F1 is expected to make their assessment of the 11th team over the coming months.

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