Brawn: I have never discussed the possibility of a return to Ferrari

Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn’s future subject to media speculation

Ross Brawn has dismissed reports that he is considering a return to Ferrari once Paddy Lowe replaces him as team boss at Mercedes.

After his ultra-successful stint as Ferrari’s technical director, the 58-year-old took a sabbatical in 2007 and then returned to Formula 1 after taking over Honda.

Brawn has headed the Brackley based team as Brawn GP and Mercedes, but Lowe, having arrived from McLaren, is expected to be the team’s next boss.

Reports have suggested that Brawn could then go back to Ferrari as the great Italian team grapples with its latest technical problems.

“Firstly, I have never discussed the possibility of a return to Ferrari,” he insisted to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ross Brawn spent a great deal of time on podiums during Ferrari's glorious era

Ross Brawn spent a great deal of time on podiums during Ferrari’s glorious era

“I had wonderful moments at Maranello and I love Italy so much now that in the next week I’ll be [holidaying] in Forte dei Marmi.

“But I am happy to be with Mercedes and I have to say that we have done a good job,” said Brawn.

“The arrival of Paddy Lowe doesn’t change the situation, as I have a different role in the team.”

So, after Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo publicly warned Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, and also pointed out the pressure on team boss Stefano Domenicali, Brawn advised the Maranello team to close ranks.

“In F1 we are used to pressure, especially those of us working in the top three or four teams.

“We all want to win and I’m under scrutiny just as Domenicali is,” said Brawn. “But one of the secrets of success in motor sport is stability: we at Mercedes are competitive again thanks to a job that started 18 months ago.”

Ross Brawn back on the podium with Mercedes

Ross Brawn back on the podium with Mercedes

So, for now, Brawn’s focus is on Mercedes, and the delicate transition of resources between continuing to develop the winning 2013 package, and preparing for the radical new rules of next year.

“It is important to prepare well for 2014,” he admitted, “but if we have the opportunity to fight for this [2013] title, then why not try it?

“However, it is quite difficult – Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull are very consistent – they’re hardly going to commit serious mistakes.”

Finally, Brawn dismissed Ferrari president Montezemolo’s accusation that Mercedes has only stepped into a winning position in 2013 due to the ‘testgate’ scandal.

“All I’ll say is that we won in Hungary with tyres that we had never used before, as we couldn’t do the Silverstone test. But I know what an enthusiast Luca is, so I understand his outburst,” he said. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Why would Ross go back to a place that fires people as motivation every time the car is not a front runner Montezemolo wants a head on a plate.

  • roni

    Stay at Mercedes and finish the job Ross.

  • Forza Ferrari

    @Mclarenfan

    “Fires people as motivation every time car is not front runner”…REALLY??? Are you high or just stupid?! How many years has Ferrari kept Massa around despite some of his below par performances and the same could be said about Domenicali. Ferrari (Luca di Montezemolo) is certainly NOT firing people out of sport, as you imbecile are trying to make it out to be. I can see that you’re a mcLaren fan, so your stupidity really shouldn’t come as a surprise but it never seizes to amaze me lol. Stick to making comments about your macca “thieves” ok!

  • McLarenfan

    @Forza Ferrari:
    grow up little boy!

  • Nowhereman

    I’m telling you, Massa is the best of the rest.
    Give him an equal car to anyone and he will most likely beat them straight up.

  • Urko

    Massa!!????
    C’mon, why would Luca get rid of him???
    He’s the best test driver for Alonso & he’s manager is Nicolas Todt, son of Jean.
    And if not the first, the second fact is crucial.

  • batloun_76

    Ferrari…same old story, stepping back for their Future…Anyways it’s a rumor.
    But to be honest, the glory that Ferrari had in the past (1999-2004) cannot be easily repeated and for some1 who already taste from that cannot be satisfied with the current result, anyways u can always search for something new but not always searching in the aches of your past. and no 1 before or after can stay all the time at the top.

  • Butterfly

    Urko:

    What kind of retarded reasoning is that? Did you write that crap on purpose or do you really think like that.

    Moron.

  • Urko

    Hehe, @butterfly…..truth hurts;)

    Insults are all ur capable of..???

  • Butterfly

    Actually, I wasn’t insulting you there. If that’s really how your mind works, then you’re the equivalent of a mentally retarded person.

    Sorry, mate. Wouldn’t want to be you. :-)

  • Tamburello_1994

    I wondering also what Massa’s agent has anything to do with anything also.

    I thought a driver was judged on performance – Not who represent a given driver come contract time.

    Felipe has never been the same since his head injury. I think that’s widely accepted conventional wisdom in F1-land. It’s my opinion that Ferrari have given Massa ever chance possible for him to regain his form and may have stuck in for him longer than they would for any other second driver. I commend them for that as I’m sure Felipe is grateful. But to say Massa’s the best driver for Alonso because his manager is the brother of the former team boss is completely absurd.

    That’s as nice as I can put it.

  • Butterfly

    Nicely put. :-)

    Regarding Felipe’s performance since 2009, I would say it’s the car that’s horrible, not Felipe himself. That year the rules shifted towards a heavy emphasis on aero and Ferrari are awful at that. Bad car equals bad performance from Felipe.

    The problem for Felipe is Fernando and his ability to drive anything with wheels. People look at FA and say Felipe is underperforming, not that he’s at his best – better than 2008 – and that the car is very difficult to drive.

    But that’s life. Everythinig is relative.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Sup Butterfly. ;)

    Just for the record, I never said Felipe was “horrible” – All I said is that he isn’t the same driver he was before his accident.

    And yea, Alonso can “drive it like he stole it” that’s for sure. Is it too much to ask Felipe to come up with a win at some point this season? let’s forget the last couple seasons, Bad car or not. Plenty of young hotshots are just itching to get that seat. Just sayn.

    Given that chance I’m sure Robert Kubica would trade places with Felipe in seconds flat.