Stefano Domenicali says he would have 'no problem' if Ferrari moved to strengthen
Italian says "let's wait and see" over Ross Brawn's future
By Sky Sports Online
Last Updated: 23/11/13 1:44pm
Brawn's position as Mercedes Team Principal beyond the end of the season is currently shrouded in doubt although the Brackley team themselves have publicly stressed that no decision will be taken, or announced, until after this weekend's season-ending Brazilian GP.
Should Brawn leave then his next F1 destination - provided the Briton, who turns 59 on Saturday, opted to continue his career - has proved to be a hot topic of paddock conversation with the former Ferrari and Benetton technical mastermind having already been linked in recent months to roles at Williams, Honda and McLaren.
A return to Ferrari, where he enjoyed a decade of record-breaking title-winning success with Michael Schumacher between 1997 and 2006, has been considered a longer shot but speculation over a return to Maranello has been stirred after Sky Sports F1's cameras caught Brawn leaving a meeting with Domenicali at Ferrari's headquarters in the Brazilian GP paddock on Friday.
Having failed to win the Drivers' Championship since 2007, the season before Domenicali succeeded Jean Todt, and been beaten by Red Bull in the last four years, Ferrari have already taken steps to strengthen their operation for 2014 by hiring Kimi Raikkonen to partner Fernando Alonso and securing highly-regarded former Lotus Technical Director James Allison.
Domenicali's own position has been the centre of rumour in Italy and asked by Sky F1's Ted Kravitz if he would ever accept being moved into an overseeing role at Maranello if the Scuderia found another Team Principal, the Italian replied: "Of course. If I see that is the best solution I will do it even tomorrow, 100 per cent.
"My interest is to make sure that Ferrari will win again because from our side after four years we could have easily been two and two [championships with Red Bull] instead of four-nil, and details made this difference.
"So in a way it's frustrating but in a way it's very motivating because you see that if you put in place the right details then this dream can be back again in our direction.
"Also I have bosses on top of me that may take that decision, 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 Formula 1."
Domenicali was then asked directly if he would be happy to work with Brawn at Maranello again were the Englishman to become available for next year, to which the Italian gave a guarded and coy response.
"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 told Ted.
"I have such a respect for Ross, as a friend first of all, and as a professional that really let's wait and see."
The ambiguity of Domenicali's latter "wait and see" remark prompted immediate intrigue when dissected by Sky Sport's F1's Kravitz and Johnny Herbert on The F1 Show.
Herbert, who worked with Brawn at Benetton in 1994-95, can see why a Brawn/Ferrari reunion would make sense.
"It would fit in perfectly. If Ross was available you'd be foolish not to take him on board because of the wealth of experience he has in winning races and winning championships. That's what Ferrari need," Herbert said.
"Logically you would think that would be something that they would want to do, so why not say 'let's see'?"