Ross Brawn denies rumors that he’s returning to F1
Ross Brawn insists that he has not been offered a future role by Ferrari, despite suggestions that the Italian team is keen to have him back in the fold.
Brawn has been enjoying retirement since he left Mercedes after the 2013 season, and has been largely focusing on his long time hobby of fishing.
However, the 61-year-old – whose stint at Ferrari ran from 1997 to 2006 – admits that if the right opportunity came along, he would not rule out a motor sport comeback.
“I’ve not had any communication with Ferrari whatsoever, so I don’t know where all the stories have come from,” he said. “I’ve not had a proposal, and I’ve not said no.
“I’ve got no plans to return to F1. Nothing has come along that excites me more than what I’m doing now. Life in some ways is smoother and more evenly balanced, but doesn’t quite have the peaks of excitement that racing used to give me. But that’s something I can live without for the compensations of the rest of it.
“Nothing has come along that has made me think that I want to change my lifestyle again, and that’s still the case.”
However, Brawn conceded that he could still be tempted in the right circumstances: “That’s why you can never say never. I don’t know what it would be, to be frank. My life is fairly busy, and I don’t seem to have a spare day.
“Ron Dennis had a conversation with me a couple of years ago about how I was going to get bored. He said it happened to him. He’d been eased out of his position, and he was out on the golf course. He was just about to tee up a ball when he thought, ‘Sod this, I enjoy work more than I enjoy golf, so I’m going to go back to work!’ He reached that point, and I understand that.
“I enjoy some parts of work more than I enjoy fishing, but I don’t enjoy all of it. It’s the price you pay to have fun, and it’s a pretty high price – travel away from home all the time, and so on. That’s why if something came along which didn’t have that price to pay, it could be interesting. But I don’t know what it is, I have no idea. And I’m not out looking for it.”