Domenicali: I’d step aside for Brawn
23 November 2013
While there is still no word from either Mercedes or the man himself, Ross Brawn continues to be at the centre of F1's 'other' transfer merry-go-round, with Ferrari the latest team to be connected with his services.
The paddock remains convinced that Brawn will ultimately leave Mercedes at the end of the season, but is divided as to where he may end up in 2014. While either retirement or a sabbatical remains a possibility, Williams, McLaren and, now, Ferrari have all been touted as potential destinations for one of the sport's greatest brains.
While Frank Williams played down suggestions that Brawn could end up at Grove by insisting that he didn't know his former employee was even available, and McLaren remained quiet on the situation, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that the Scuderia would have no hesitation in taking back the man that helped lead it to vast success in the 1997-2006 'Michael Schumacher era'. Ferrari has failed to land the constructors' title since then….
The pair, who were central figures in Friday's FIA press conference, were also spotted in discussion at Ferrari's base in the Interlagos paddock area, and Domenicali later admitted that he would have no problem with Brawn returning to Maranello, even if it cost him his position in the management structure.
"Of course,” he told Sky Sports, “If I see that is the best solution, I will do it tomorrow, 100 per cent. My interest is to make sure that Ferrari will win again because, from our side, after four years, it could have easily been two and two [with Red Bull] instead of four-nil.
“I have bosses on top of me that may take that decision, but it will be no problem because, at the end of the day, what is the most important thing is that Ferrari has to become once again the standard for F1."
Domenicali was less forthcoming when asked directly if would be happy working alongside Brawn.
"I cannot answer to that question because I'm sure whatever answer I will give to that you will be reporting that way and there will be a lot of titles on the newspapers," he smiled, “I have such a respect for Ross, as a friend first of all, and as a professional that, really, let's wait and see."