Ferrari CEO Jean Todt has admitted that he is unsure whether or not 'resting' technical director Ross Brawn will return to Maranello next season, despite revealing that the pair have talked.

Brawn decided to take a year out of the sport when Michael Schumacher's retirement precipitated the break-up of Ferrari's 'dream team', but insists that he is likely to return to the sport in 2008. Ferrari remains the favourite to land his services, although the recent 'spygate' scandal involving trusted ally Nigel Stepney is rumoured to have made Brawn think twice.

His name has also been mention in conjunction with other teams, notably Honda, during 2007, and Todt admits that it is not yet clear whether Ferrari and Brawn will be reunited next season.

"At the moment, no commitment from either side has been made," he revealed, "We are just discussing his options - and our options. We will have other discussions - maybe we will find some common point, maybe we will not find some common point.

"But we will always still be friends, we will always have respect for each other. He has been doing tremendous work at Ferrari, and Ferrari has given him a lot. So our partnership has been good for him and good for Ferrari."

Todt also spoke about his own future, amid rumours that he may be considering retirement, saying that he had no plans to step down just yet.

"I am not at all prepared to retire," he insisted, "I still feel very motivated, with the same anxiety before every race, the same happiness when we are successful, the same unhappiness when we are not successful. I hope I can be here a few more years."



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