Leo Turrini speculates that Brawn was in Maranello because:
- he picked up some boxes of bananas from a grocer who he frequented regularly between 1997 and 2006;
- he had an unsettled bill at Pancani’s gas station which he had decided to settle;
- he was in town to hand pick and buy a brand new Ferrari with all the millions he has earned;
- or possibly something to do with some bloke called Mattiacci.
(Head-fi doesn't seem to be embedding URLs properly on my browser so - http://grandprix247.com/2014/05/06/brawn-spotted-in-maranello/ )
I have to think that MERC would not be foolish enough to let Brawn "retire" without a non compete clause the size of War and Peace.