Ross Brawn insists he is not in contact with Ferrari but would "never say never" over a return to F1 in the future.

Brawn has been out of the sport since leaving Mercedes as team principal at the end of last season. However, with upheaval currently taking place at Ferrari - where Brawn was so successful alongside Michael Schumacher in the 2000s - speculation has increased that he could be enticed back to Maranello.

Despite team principal Marco Mattiacci being open to a return, Brawn says the only discussions he has ever had with the team are of an informal nature following a private visit to Ferrari earlier in the season.

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"I'm not thinking about a role at Ferrari or somewhere else," Brawn told Auto Motor und Sport. "My visit to Maranello in May was purely of a private nature. We did talk a bit about 'What if', but not in a serious manner. I'm not in contact with Ferrari and I'm not actively looking for a role in Formula 1."

However, pushed further on a future in F1, Brawn replied: "Never say never. You never know what opportunities might arise. But I'm pursuing some interests outside of the sport for which I never had the time."