Few journalists in Formula 1 have the real inside line with all news related to Ferrari like Leo Turrini and therefore when he reports of a Ross Brawn spotting in the area then it is time to sit up and take notice.
Turrini reports that Brawn, who was part of the Ferrari wonder years, was at Maranello – Fiorano to be precise – on Monday.
In his typical tongue-in cheek-style Turrini speculated that Brawn was in town because:
- he picked up some boxes of bananas from a grocer who he frequented regularly between 1997 and 2006;
- he had an unsettled bill at Pancani’s gas station which he had decided to settle;
- he was in town to hand pick and buy a brand new Ferrari with all the millions he has earned;
- new Ferrari Formula 1 race director Marco Mattiacci is a very intelligent person and possibly very convincing…
Meanwhile Brawn told Gazzetta Dello Sport that his group tried out two Ferrari road cars, including the new LaFerrari hypercar, at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
He said his trip was focused on visiting some of the route used by the historic Mille Miglia race across Italy “and as many vineyards as possible”.
But a Ferrari spokesman said Brawn’s visit was “simply an Italian fantasy tour with friends scheduled for some time”.
There has been much speculation regarding Brawn’s plans in the aftermath of his departure from Mercedes, with reports linking him not only to Ferrari but also to a top spot at McLaren.
Brawn was part of the legendary Ferrari team led by Ross Brawn and included Michael Schumacher and Rory Byrne – the quartet leading the Italian team to Formula 1 constructors’ world titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. (GP247)