Ross Brawn has officially his announced his retirement from motorsport. For now, at least…
The burly Englishman has used the opening of – of all things – the Scottish salmon fishing season to announce that he has no plans to return to Formula 1, having left his post as Mercedes’ team principal at the end of last year.
Brawn – well known for his love of fly-fishing – was given the honour of making the first cast of the season along the River Dee, and chose the opportunity to confirm his retirement, having recently been linked to a possible move to McLaren following Ron Dennis’ takeover of the team.
“It’s a fantastic honour to do the ceremonial opening of the River Dee. It’s a river I’ve never had a chance to fish before because it is predominantly known as a spring river and in the spring I’m normally trying to sort out a Formula 1 car in Spain,” he said.
“But this year is different, having stopped. What they didn’t realise when I was invited here was they had a scoop because the world’s press was trying to find out if I was retiring or not.
“I’m retiring – it’s not tongue in cheek. I’m going to take a year to enjoy the fishing and then see what life brings. I’m looking forward to it, but I’ve got no other plans.”
Quite whether Brawn decides to reverse that decision later on is another matter. He previously took a sabbatical at the end of 2006 following Michael Schumacher’s retirement from Ferrari, emerging a year later to head up the Honda F1 Team.
Brawn has certainly made plenty of money over his time in Formula 1, particularly as Ferrari’s technical director between 1997-2006, and more recently when he sold his 54% stake (having bought the then-ex-Honda outfit for a buck in 2009) to Mercedes when it returned as a full works team in 2010.
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