Ferrari deny Brawn ‘sabbatical’

Sun, 29 October 2006, 01:33

Luca di Montezemolo has played down suggestions that technical director Ross Brawn’s departure from the team is a mere ‘sabbatical’.

“I do not know whether he is going to return,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted the Ferrari president as saying, “but it is my belief that he will come back either to us or with someone else.”

Montezemolo also rejected talk that Michael Schumacher was pushed out of Ferrari in favour of Kimi Raikkonen by insisting that the 37-year-old actually advised Ferrari to sign the Finn.

“The first time we spoke about (Raikkonen) was when he saw him testing for Sauber at Mugello. Michael recommended him to me,” he said.

And to a reporter’s query about why Ferrari did not consider Fernando Alonso as Schumacher’s successor, Montezemolo added: “Raikkonen has a character and a style that fits with us better.”


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