Brawn offered €5 million deal for Ferrari return

Ferrari trying to lure Ross Brawn from the shadows back into the F1 limelight

Ferrari trying to lure Ross Brawn from the shadows back into the F1 limelight

Ferrari has set its million-dollar sights on luring Ross Brawn back to Formula 1, in their attempt to regain the glory days of which the Englishman was intrinsic part, of along with Jean Todt, Michael Schumacher and Rory Byrne.

That is the claim by Corriere della Sera, reporting that the 59-year-old has been offered €5 million per season if he comes back to the sport with a prominent role at the famous Italian team.

Brawn stepped back from Formula 1 at the end of last season, having led the Mercedes team to the cusp of its current dominance, to take in a spot of fishing.

Before that, he was team boss at Honda, and after the Japanese carmaker withdrew he took over the Brackley outfit and won the 2009 constructors’ and drivers’ title as Brawn GP.

The burly Briton is, however, perhaps best known for being technical director at Ferrari during the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era until 2006.

Speculation that he might abandon retirement with a new prominent role at Maranello surfaced in May, when he was spotted at Ferrari’s headquarters.

But at the time Brawn was adamant that he was only there “with a group of friends as part of a tour of Italy – no more than that!” (GMM)