Ferrari is looking to hire Ross Brawn on as a consultant as the team continues to struggle in 2016, Motorsport reports.
Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne had made predictions of early wins from Ferrari ahead of the season’s start, but after 10 of 22 races, the team has yet to stand atop the podium. Rivals Red Bull, whom Ferrari handily beat in 2015, scored a win in Spain and trail Ferrari by just six points in the constructors’ championship.
Marchionne and Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene held talks in Maranello last week following a dismal outing to the British GP, attempting to better understand problems in the team and the potential of the SF16-H F1 car.
Part of Ferrari’s improvement plan apparently involves hiring Brawn in a consultancy position, but the F1 veteran rejected a previous motion from the company to hire him. Following last week’s talks, however, Marchionne is making a fresh push to recruit him.
Brawn was Ferrari’s technical director from 1997 to 2006, powering the team to six consecutive constructors titles and helping Michael Schumacher claim five consecutive driver’s titles. The 61-year old stepped away from F1 in 2013 and in a recent interview with Sky Sports expressed little interest in a return.