The list of hopefuls looking to join the F1 grid in 2011 has risen to a total of 15 according to a report by

Durango, Epsilon Euskadi and Stefan GP all lodged their entries early - with Durango now reported to be chasing the Toyota chassis that Stefan GP had planned to use this year - while ART Grand Prix and an American outfit calling itself the Cypher Group also came out to announce that they wanted to join F1.

The latter is believed to have some links to the failed USF1 attempt to join the grid this year but faces a fight against Parris Mullins, who was a consultant to Youtube's Chad Hurley and was also involved in trying to save USF1.

Mullins however is reported to be keen to join forces with an existing team rather than try to make a move into F1 with a start-up outfit.

ART are believed by many to be the favourites to secure an entry having enjoyed success in lower formulae, including the F3 Euroseries and GP2.

One sticking point however could be the involvement of Nicolas Todt, son of FIA president Jean, which could lead to allegations of a conflict of interest if the French team was successful.

With doubts still existing over a number of teams on the current grid, most notably Hispania Racing, the FIA is likely to choose more than one team when it comes to 2011 which would see it place at least one applicant 'on reserve' - which might remove some potential questions compared to if ART alone were named.

A final deadline of 21 June will see potential outfits required to hand in the documents required by the FIA as well as a fee of EUR12,750.

Following USF1's failure, a key factor in deciding who makes it onto the grid will be the financial stability of the applicant as the governing body seeks to ensure that only teams that have the funds to compete in F1 are considered.


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