Peter Sauber has said that he will not be tempted to sell his eponymous Formula One team for a second time, despite speculation linking potential grand prix newcomer ART to a possible merger.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo claimed that financially-handicapped Sauber would be a tempting target for French outfit ART as it attempts to break into the top flight, with a merger also eliminating any lingering doubts that being successful in the current bidding process for the 13th grid slot in 2011 would smack of nepotism given Nicolas Todt's involvement with the team and father Jean's role as president of the FIA.

With the likes of HRT and Virgin Racing being criticised in certain circles for being under-prepared for the rigours of F1, ART has proven its capability by triumphing, repeatedly, in both the F3 Euroseries and GP2, allowing it to emerge as favourite for the 13th slot despite opposition from the likes of World Series by Renault frontrunner Epsilon Euskadi and erstwhile GP2 rival Durango.

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Sauber, however, insists that, after four years watching his team run under the control of BMW only to be dropped by the German giant when the experiment proved unsuccessful, he is not prepared to hand over the reins for a second time, despite El Mundo claiming that he wants to 'find a strong and stable partner and retreat into the background'.

Sauber, however, remained defiant as the rumour mill ground into action at the Turk, which claims Todt Jr visited Hinwill between grands prix, ground into action at Istanbul Park.

"I am not selling my team!" he told Swiss magazine Blick.