Formula 1

Ross Brawn to take six month break from Formula 1

Brawn chose to step down after management changes. (©GettyImages)
Brawn chose to step down after management changes. (©GettyImages).

Ross Brawn has announced that he will now take a six month break from Formula 1 having left Mercedes GP yesterday.

This decision comes after Brawn chose to leave Mercedes following the team's desire to change its managerial structure. Brawn and Mercedes were both keen for him to stay on but Brawn only wanted to stay if he remained in sole command of the team.

The Briton, who masterminded all seven of Michael Schumacher's World Championship wins as well as Jenson Button's 2009 win, refused to talk about future roles;

"I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer. 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."

It seems that once he returns to action he will have a large number of suitors, having been linked with potential roles at the likes of McLaren and maybe even a move into the FIA, the governing body of Formula 1.

McLaren chairman and fellow Formula 1 engineering legend Ron Dennis admitted talking to Brawn about a future at McLaren, but was unsure as to whether the talks were particularly ground breaking;

"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," said Dennis.

"But going beyond that, as you would expect, it's normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible. My understanding is he intends to take a year off. That's my understanding of his intention."

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