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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Brawn, Ferrari confirm discussions

Ross Brawn has confirmed this week the soon-to-be former Honda squad has talked to Ferrari about engines for 2009.

This really isn't a surprise, given the Scuderia has supported multiple teams in the past, as well as Brawn's ties to the Prancing Horse.

"We haven't signed anything yet but I really appreciated the support from president Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali. It's like being among former schoolmates: they still see me as one of their own," Brawn is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.



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Ferrari supplied engines to Toro Rosso and Force India last season, but would seem to have some availability with Vijay Mallya's team moving to Mercedes power for 2009.

"They (the former Honda team) have asked us if we are able to provide engines and we said yes," Reuters quotes a Ferrari spokesman. "That's it, nothing more."

Brawn also noted the team will miss the bulk of winter testing until the engine matter is settled.

"There's no hurry because modifying the car to install a different engine requires at least six weeks of work anyway. It's unlikely we'll manage to be on track during the winter.

Grandprix.com points out, however, Ferrari are not the team's only choice, but surmises last year's Ferrari and Mercedes power plants were the cream of the crop. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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