Ferrari open to Ross Brawn return
2 September 2014 – Ferrari's new Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci, has said that he would welcome back Ross Brawn, should the latter desire to return to Formula 1 and take on a new role with the marque in the future.
Brawn has been linked with a Ferrari comeback since stepping away from Mercedes at the end of last season, having played a part in the outfit's dominant run of title success with Michael Schumacher from 2000-2004.
"Ross Brawn is an iconic figure at Maranello," Mattiacci said in a wide-ranging interview with CNN.
"Everyone would like to have Ross or see Ross back at Ferrari. 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."
Mattiacci confirmed that he has spoken to Brawn "several times" this year, including when Brawn visited the team's factory with friends, but the Italian insists any future move would not alter his position at the helm.
"At the moment I am the number one on the team," said Mattiacci, who replaced Stefano Domenicali in April.
"We are building a very strong team with a medium, long-term plan. My role is to shorten as much as I can this plan to make it effective as soon as possible. We are building the foundation for a very successful story."
James Allison, who re-joined Ferrari from Lotus last season, continues to lead the reorganisation of the team's technical department, with further changes expected after the departure of engine chief Luca Marmorini.
"As I said, at the moment I'm building a new team," Mattiacci explained. "James is the Technical Director and I want to start from this point. To tango you have to have two. Maybe Ross is happy with what he is doing."