McLaren joins race to lure Brawn – report

Thu, 12 April 2007, 03:50

A third team has reportedly joined the race to lure Ross Brawn back to formula one.

With Ferrari and Honda already said to be tussling to sign up the renowned technical and strategic expert after his current sabbatical, Germany’s Bild newspaper now says McLaren wants Brawn for 2008.

It is rumoured that the 52-year-old Briton, who at the Maranello based team presided over Michael Schumacher’s five Ferrari titles until the German retired last year, is keen to return to the sport but only with an outfit based in England.

“McLaren could offer a multitude of projects that Ross could lead,” Bild quotes an insider as saying.

Ferrari boss Jean Todt, however, this week insisted that the Italian team should be first in line if Brawn wants to return to pitlane.

“We agreed with him that should he decide to come back and remain in this business, he would come to me first to discuss it together,” widespread reports quote the Frenchman as saying.

Previously, Brawn was linked with the top job at Ferrari, with Todt said to be eager to retire as team principal in the near future.

He added: “Maybe (Brawn) does not want to be in racing. Maybe he wants to be in another part of competition, but we can discuss that.”

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