Ferrari should avoid ‘knee-jerk’ reactions – Brawn

Ross Brawn says his former Ferrari team needs “to get the stability and confidence back” in order to exit their current slump.

The Scuderia failed to build on a promising 2015 Formula One season and logged a second winless campaign in three years in 2016.

Ferrari has not claimed the Drivers’ title over the last decade, while its last Constructors’ championship stretches back to 2008.

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The Maranello-based outfit, which saw technical director James Allison leave the team halfway through the season, has come under intense pressure to deliver from company president Sergio Marchionne.

Brawn, who served as Ferrari technical director during the halcyon days of the Michael Schumacher era, believes the revered Italian team needs to implement a long-term vision to get back on track.

“I think they’ve got to get the stability back and get the confidence back to start building their programmes,” he said in the latest issue of the FIA’s AUTO magazine.

“It’s always difficult to stabilise in the short term while then building for the long term, but if everything is a knee-jerk reaction, you never get out of it.

“You might find a quick solution but you get caught in this vicious cycle of short-term response and reaction.

“You never take your focus off that so what you should be doing over here, getting good programmes established, which are then feeding into your race programme, never happens.”

Brawn was rumoured to have been approached by Ferrari to take on an advisory role over the summer, but the Briton moved swiftly to make it clear that he was no longer interested in working for a team.

However, the 62-year-old recently admitted that he had been doing “a little consulting” to help new F1 owners Liberty Media, and could return to the sport in a senior management role.

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