Brawn: I want to clear my mind, take a rest and then decide if I want to return to F1

14 December, 2013

Ross Brawn gone fishing

Ross Brawn gone fishing

Out-going Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn will take a six-month sabbatical before deciding whether to return to the pinnacle of motor sport.

Brawn has been involved with team management in Formula 1 for over 35 years but will leave his current team at the end of the year and take time to decide where his future lies.

“I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer,” Brawn told the BBC.

“I want to clear my mind, take a rest and then decide if I want to return to F1, subject of course to any opportunities existing.”

The 59-year-old is widely credited as a key figure behind Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles at Benetton and Ferrari and also found success with his self-titled team in 2009, when Jenson Button won the World Drivers’ Championship, and the team took the Constructors’.

Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn spent a great deal of time on podiumds celebrating during their heyday at Ferrari

Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn spent a great deal of time on podiumds celebrating during their heyday at Ferrari

Brawn has already been linked in the media with roles at returning engine manufacturer Honda, the FIA, Williams and McLaren, the latter being a potential chance to team up with chairman Ron Dennis, who confirmed that he had talked with Brawn.

“I did have a conversation with him but we were shooting together. We were having a chat and we’re mature motor racing people so of course you’re going to talk about life,” Dennis said.

“But going beyond that, as you would expect, it’s normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible.”

Brawn will hand over his responsibilities at Mercedes to executive directors Toto Wolff (business) and Paddy Lowe (technical) and formally leave the team on 31 december. (Reuters)

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  • Mercedes supporter forever

    Thanks for getting us to 2nd place in the constructors’ Championship this year, Ross… We will miss you.

  • Pat Chapman

    Who is Ross Dennis? Perhaps there is a Ron Brawn out there somewhere?

  • McLarenfan

    Mercedes have made an error.
    Thanks for getting us to 2nd place in the constructors but we have plotted against you staying, oh thanks for keeping us out of the sh!* over testing tyres here is your P45

  • Junior Johnson

    Thanks Bigbear for such womderful years together. We will all miss you here me and the guys at yalla. I think we will see him again in f1. Dont forget who told you first but my brother has herd through a very reliable source that Brawn will return with Bryne and bring back Shuey to take on Horner and his clown Newy for one last time.It will be a classic of Shuey vs Newy for one last time and i think Horner and his clown Newy are going down together.This is fantastic with new faster engines inproved airdynamics and the return of the terrific three as they were once nown f1 will be amazeing next year!

  • Michael Ghelezarski

    Junior Johnson can you give us a link for this information, if possible. I would love to see Ferrari in its full power (and mostly M. Schumacher) vs the Red Bull :P :D

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