French GP2 team ART could merge with an existing team rather than go it alone in formula one next year.

French GP2 team ART could merge with an existing team rather than go it alone in formula one next year.

The outfit headed by FIA president Jean Todt's son Nicolas has applied to debut in 2011.

But Spain's El Mundo Deportivo reports that ART is also looking at other options, including merging with the under-financed former BMW-owned outfit Sauber.

The move would make Spanish hopeful Epsilon Euskadi, already with a state of the art headquarters, wind tunnel and proven Le Mans car-making abilities, the favourite to fill the 13th team slot next year.

"I think we have arguments that are difficult to refute," said Epsilon's Joan Villadelprat.

On the other hand, El Mundo said Peter Sauber's ambition for his struggling Hinwil based squad is to "find a strong and stable partner and again retreat into the background".

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