Ross Brawn, an icon of Formula One and one of the people most responsible for the successes of Michael Schumacher, has announced that he's officially retiring from the world of motorsport. Following the return of Ron Dennis to McLaren, many outlets speculated that the 59-year-old would join the Woking-based outfit. Instead, Brawn went fishing.

"This is the busiest time of the year for Formula One, and I said I would come along and open the River Dee. If [the media] had put two and two together they would have realized I was definitely retiring," Brawn told The Daily Telegraph.

"I'm retiring - it's not tongue in cheek," Brawn said of his fishing trip. "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." Last week, Brawn was inducted into Motor Sport magazine's hall of fame, where he said he would "never say never" to coming back to F1, according to the Telegraph. But based on his recent comments, Brawn seems thoroughly committed to his retirement.

The 59-year-old Brit's career has seen him capture eight World Constructors' Championships with three teams - Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn GP team - while Michael Schumacher captured seven World Drivers' Championships and Jenson Button took one title on Brawn-run teams.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      F1 may no longer be ripe for one-man-shows but the McLaren story indicates how one man's stamp can be the difference between success and failure. That's not to say that the Mercedes team will go the way of McLaren with the loss of Ross Braun but it is possible. Braun was an exceptionally focussed team leader as was Ron Dennis and this was his team. How many cooks are stirring the Mercedes broth with Toto and Niki in the kitchen? Time will tell, as the coming seasons play out, whether this was a winning move by the corporate minions at Mercedes Benz. My take is that we have not seen the last of Ross Braun.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have a happy retirement, Ross. Thanks for the memories.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for Mr. Braun!
      • 1 Year Ago
      He heard the sound of the new V6 engine package and threw in the towel.
      • 1 Year Ago
      After the new season design, I don't blame him.
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