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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 19:53 GMT 20:53 UK
Brawn talking over Ferrari return
Ross Brawn
Brawn left at the same time as Schumacher retired last October
Former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn claims he is talking to the Italian team about a return, dismissing speculation that he might go elsewhere.

The Briton, who led Michael Schumacher to seven championships with Benetton and Ferrari, is on a year's sabbatical.

But he said: "Ferrari asked me to discuss future options with them when I was ready to return to the sport. We have now begun these talks.

"Reports linking me with other teams are either inaccurate or speculation."

Brawn is considered a likely successor to team boss Jean Todt at Ferrari, but he has also been linked in the media to British-based Honda.

606: DEBATE

Speculation of a move to Honda was heightened by the team's confirmation that they had talked to his former team-mate and friend Nigel Stepney, dismissed by Ferrari last month amid accusations of sabotage and theft, about possible job opportunities.

Stepney, accused by Ferrari of passing information to McLaren's now-suspended chief designer Mike Coughlan, told Italian newspapers this week that Brawn was considering a move elsewhere.

But Brawn insists: "After 10 fantastic years, the people and culture of Ferrari and Italy is in my blood and Ferrari is my team.

"Ferrari is the only team or group I have discussed my future with."

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