Brawn interested in possible F1 return, but not with a team

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Ex-Formula 1 team owner and technical chief Ross Brawn says he would be interested in a possible return to the sport, but not with another operation on the grid.

Brawn made his name at Benetton and Ferrari, enjoying a successful period working with Michael Schumacher at both teams that yielded seven drivers’ championships.

Brawn became a team owner in 2009 when he took over Honda’s operation following its withdrawal from the sport, setting up Brawn GP.

Brawn GP won both the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in its debut season, before Mercedes took over the team for 2010.

Brawn remained with Mercedes until the end of 2013 before leaving due to an alleged lack of trust, as revealed in the recent publication of a new book he has co-authored.

The 61-year-old has been linked with a return to F1 on a number of occasions, with recent speculation suggesting he could play a role in helping to manage and develop the sport following Liberty Media’s takeover in September.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Brawn said that he would be interested in a return to F1, but only for the good of the sport and not with a team.

“I would never go back to a team. I did everything I can in a team, but I would be repeating myself,” Brawn said.

“For sure, trying to help F1 become a better F1 would be appealing. It would be the one thing that could be interesting.

“If you ask me what F1 needs, it needs a plan; a three-year and a five-year plan.

“My view is we haven’t got the ideal structure for creating that plan and implementing it over time.”

Brawn also spoke about the difference in approach between himself and F1’s current CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, who has helped to build the sport up into a multi-billion dollar industry over the past four decades.

“I have no issues with Bernie. What we have today is primarily down to Bernie’s creation,” Brawn said.

“I just got frustrated because my approach is methodical and structured and Bernie’s is chaotic and impulsive. If those two things ever came together it would be an interesting combination.

“Sometimes I find those idiosyncrasies, those approaches, amusing. I get round them in that way. I just keep battering at the door until it opens.”