Ross Brawn Retires
Ross Brawn has today confirmed that he is to retire from Formula One, at a fishing event in Scotland.
The 59 year old was at a fishing competition at the River Dee near Aberdeen when he confirmed his intentions to stand down in Formula One to focus on fishing. Brawn has long been linked with a position at McLaren or Honda since his departure from the Mercedes team last year.
“I’m retiring – it’s not tongue in cheek,” Brawn said. “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.”
Brawn has long been linked with a position at McLaren or Honda since his departure from the Mercedes team last year. “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,” Brawn said. “This is the busiest time of the year for Formula One and I said I would come along and open the River Dee.”
The Englishman who was also a candidate for a position at the F1 governing body body, the FIA said: “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 One car in Spain.
“So February, March and April are never good months for me to go fishing – but this year is different having stopped.”
It is not known whether Brawn is just taking a years sabbatical or whether he is serious about leaving permanently. He has won 16 titles in Formula One, eight drivers’ and eight constructors’.