Ross Brawn not planning full-time return to F1

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Former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is not planning a full-time return to Formula 1 despite holding some “what if” talks with Ferrari a few months ago.

The 59-year-old is one of the most successful team leaders in the history of Formula 1, playing an instrumental part in the successful periods at Benetton and Ferrari.

After leaving the Italian marque to take a sabbatical, he returned in a role with Honda before the manufacturer withdrew from the sport. Brawn saved the team, setting up Brawn GP for the 2009 season.

Brawn went on to mastermind one of the greatest fairytales in the history of Formula 1 as his team rose from Honda’s ashes to win both world championships. It was then bought out by Mercedes for the 2010 season, with Brawn staying on until the end of 2013 before resigning.

His next move has been speculated for some time, with positions at Ferrari and McLaren seemingly available for the Briton should he want it. However, in an interview with German publication Auto Motor und Sport, he confirmed that despite speaking with Ferrari earlier this year, he is not looking to return to F1 on a full-time basis.

“I am living a very different life this year and it feels good,” Brawn said. “I am determined not to return to a full-time job.

“My visit to Maranello in May was purely of a private nature. We talked a little about ‘what if’ but nothing serious.”

However, Brawn did cautiously say that he could not rule out returning to Formula 1 in some capacity in the future.

“Never say never, because you never know what options are going to arise,” he said.

“But at the moment I am pursuing some interests outside of the sport that I never had the time to do before.”

Following Luca di Montezemolo’s departure from Ferrari, it was thought that the door could be open for Brawn to make a return to Maranello. However, for the time being, he is enjoying some time away from the sport after a long and very successful career.