Specialist Ferrari journalist and author Leo Turrini on Tuesday reports that Ross Brawn has this week been at Maranello and Fiorano.

Ross_Brawn-Mercedes_GP-Barcelona-2011Turrini, who according to F1 colleague Mathias Brunner “knows everything when it comes to Ferrari” and recently predicted Stefano Domenicali’s departure, said the recently-retired former Mercedes boss was seen at the fabled Italian team’s headquarters and test circuit.

Brawn, 59, has played down the prospects of a return to formula one, but many insiders believe the F1 paddock has not seen the last of the highly-rated Briton. As technical director, he was a key player at Ferrari during the highly-successful Michael Schumacher era, spanning multiple years and titles.

Turrini joked on his Quotidiano blog that Brawn may just be in the Italian region to “buy bananas” or “buy a Ferrari”, but there is another obvious hypothesis. “Marco Mattiacci is a very intelligent person,” he wrote, “and perhaps also very persuasive.”