Brawn: Ferrari is 'my' team

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Ferrari's former technical director Ross Brawn says the Italian team is the only one he is negotiating with over a return to Formula 1.

The Briton, who is currently enjoying a sabbatical from the sport having helped orchestrate Ferrari's extraordinary run of success over the last decade, has decided to clear up speculation about his future after being linked to rival teams.

"Following recent media reportage of my situation and the background and the reasons for my sabbatical I thought it might be helpful to re-confirm my position," he told Autosport magazine's website.

"The reasons for taking a sabbatical year from Ferrari were purely personal.

"After 30 years in motor racing I wanted to devote time to my family and pursue some personal ambitions that time had not allowed.

"Whilst, I am pleased to say, Ferrari was disappointed with my decision, they understood my reasons and asked me to discuss future options with them when I was ready to return to motor racing," he added.

"We have now begun these discussions to see if the requirements of Ferrari and my ambitions might match and to see if there is a possibility of working together in the future."

Brawn has long been linked with a move to Honda, and speculation resurfaced after Nigel Stepney, the sacked Ferrari man at the centre of F1's spy scandal, told the Italian media that his former colleague was considering switching teams.

But Brawn remains emphatic that his most likely destination for a return would be with the team he and Michael Schumacher won five world championships with.

"After ten fantastic years, the people and culture of Ferrari and Italy is in my blood and Ferrari is my team," he said.

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

"Any reports linking me with other teams or projects are either inaccurate or speculation."