Long-time Formula 1 personality and team prinicpal, Ross Brawn
has announced his retirement.
The news ends speculation that the 60 year-old would move to McLaren
after stepping down as Mercedes
Team Principal at the end of last year.
Brawn has been in Formula 1 since the late 1980's and has worked with teams such as Benetton and Ferrari
, where he saw Michael Schumacher
take all seven of his Formula 1 World Titles. In 2006 he moved on to Honda
, where he stayed until their withdrawal in 2008.
In early 2009, he bought out the Honda team and renamed it Brawn GP
with the desire of competing in the Formula 1 World Championship for that year using the RA109 chassis.
Renaming it to the BGP-001 and fitting a Mercedes engine, it proved to be a fairytale season for the squad, winning 8 races and the Constructors World Championship as well as the Drivers' with Jenson Button
The team was bought out by Mercedes in November and Ross went onto assume the role of Team Principal from 2010 until his recently announced retirement.
He commented on his plans for this year earlier on today at a fishing event: "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 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."