Ross Brawn has announced today that he will be retiring from Formula One, ending heavy speculation regarding his future in the sport.
Brawn, team principal of the Merecedes Formula One team for the past four years, was speaking at a fishing event in Aberdeenshire when he made the shocking announcement that he would be retiring from the sport.
The 59 year-old has been the center of much speculation this past year, after Mclaren’s Paddy Lowe was brought over to Mercedes, supposedly as Brawn’s successor. But, the speculation continued when Ron Dennis took up the role as Mclaren CEO again, leaving a space open in the wake of a potential Whitmarsh exit.
“What they didn’t realize when I was invited here was they had a scoop because the world’s press was trying to figure out if I was retiring or not,” Brawn was reported as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
“This is the busiest time of the year in Formula One and I said I would come along and open the River Dee. If they had put two and two together they would have realized I was definitely retiring.
“I’m retiring. It’s not tongue and 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.
“It’s a fantastic honor to do the ceremonial opening of the River Dee. Its a river I’ve never had a chance to fish before because it is predominantly known as a print 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.”
Brawn’s Formula One career is one of the most storied in the sport’s history. His most notable achievements being reviving Ferrari in the last ’90s and making it the most dominant team in the early ’00s, taking five drivers’ and constructors’ titles in a row. He also brought Honda back from the brink of destruction at the end of 2008 and, under his own name, raced to the 2009 drivers’ and constructors’ titles.
His work at Mercedes for the past four years has been commendable, even if results have been less than expected. But, should Mercedes emerge as the dominant force in 2014, do not forget Brawn, as he will have been the mastermind behind it all.
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