Barely hours after the ART GP2 team confirmed it had canned its entry application, the American-based Cypher Group has confirmed it has lodged its application to compete on the 2011 Formula 1 grid, shortly after confirming its interest in securing the services of local boy Jonathan Summerton.
The group is believed top be comprised of some former members of the collapsed USF1 effort, and will be out to prove that “America’s red, white, and blue [can be brought] back into Formula One,” it said in a statement.
On Summerton, it added: “Jonathan is capable of racing against the top Formula 1 drivers and we hope to be able to give him a competitive car. We look forward to the opportunity of being on the starting grid in 2011.”
With ART’s withdrawal now confirmed, it seems that the team – fronted by Parris Mullins, chief advisor to YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley – will be up against the likes of Epsilon Euskadi, Durango and Stefan GP for the thirteenth and final grid slot in 2011, assuming one of the existing teams doesn’t cease to compete.