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Todt's ART to merge with Sauber? UPDATE #2 (GMM)  Peter Sauber has confirmed that Nicolas Todt visited the Swiss team's Hinwil headquarters last week.  Earlier, it was rumored that Frenchman Todt was eyeing a merger of his GP2 team ART, but Sauber insisted in Turkey that his team is not being sold.

The 66-year-old said in an interview published at motorsport-aktuell.com: "I have had a very good relationship not only with his father (Jean Todt) but also with him, especially through Felipe Massa."

Nicolas Todt also manages the 29-year-old former Sauber driver and Brazilian Massa.

05/29/10 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' per this hot news item.

05/28/10 (GMM)  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 favorite 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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