Mattiacci: Everyone wants Ross Brawn back at Ferrari

Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher were integral to Ferrari's greatest years in F1

Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher were integral to Ferrari‘s greatest years in F1

Ferrari’s new boss Marco Mattiacci has made clear he (along with many others) wants Ross Brawn back in the team as they target a return to the top step of the podium in the aftermath of several well below par seasons.

Brawn stepped down as Mercedes‘ team boss last year, but before that he had been Maranello’s authoritative technical director during the ultra-successful Michael Schumacher era.

Mattiacci, who replaced Stefano Domenicali early this year, told CNN that he has had talks “several times” with Brawn recently.

“Everyone would like to have Ross or would like to see Ross back at Ferrari,” he said. “He’s one of the most respected personalities in Formula 1 with the highest knowledge and pedigree. Everybody would be happy with someone like Ross.”

Marco Mattiacci under pressure to deliver at Ferrari

Marco Mattiacci under pressure to deliver at Ferrari

Earlier, Brawn and Ferrari played down a visit the 59-year-old made recently to Maranello. But Mattiacci has now admitted it was “very nice to spend a few minutes” with Brawn at the time.

But when asked to rate out of ten his chances of securing Brawn for 2015, he insisted: “I don’t like to do that kind of game.”

“I think I have to work with what I have, not what eventually I will have. “James (Allison) is the technical director and I want to start from this point. To tango you have to have two,” Mattiacci added. “Maybe Ross is happy with what he is doing.”

Despite having two of Formula 1’s best drivers in their cars, the team have not enjoyed a grand prix victory since May 2013 when Alonso won in Spain.

Much was expected, even demanded, from the sport’s most famous team this year but a down on power new V6 turbo engine coupled to a mediocre chassis has not brought much joy to the reds thus far in 2014. (GMM)