But now, Famin has stated that the terms of agreement for such a deal have expired.
“We had a pre-contract with Andretti, which has expired because they were supposed to be granted an F1 entry before a given date,” he told Autosport.
“It means right now, if we want to do something with Andretti, we need to negotiate a full contract, a formal contract.
“Everybody knows what the situation is, we need something, and we need a decision from F1 before resuming with Andretti.”
Asked whether Famin and Alpine as a whole still support an 11th team joining the F1 grid, his answer leant towards the addition of Andretti being seen as a positive if the arrival of the team adds something to the sport.
“We have nothing against 11 teams if it really brings real added value to the business as a whole, and to F1 in general,” he added.
“It’s up to F1, to the promoter, to assess what is the real added value an 11th team may bring.
“And if they evaluate that there is really a big added value, we will be happy with that.
“What we don’t want is that an 11th team dilutes the value of our assets in the championship.
“Of course, if that will be the case, we will be against that.”
Reports have stated that should Andretti make its way onto the F1 grid, Cadillac and GM will explore developing their own power unit for the future.
Should that be the case, the bid may gain more approval from existing F1 teams, with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner having told Sky Sports F1 that “ideally, I think they need to do their own engine.”
In the meantime, should Andretti pass muster with FOM and earn its place on the F1 grid, talks with Alpine over an initial engine deal will likely resume, with the Anglo-French outfit currently only supplying its own entry.