Ross Brawn said today that he’s retiring from F1 – and insisted that he was not joking.
Brawn was speaking at a fishing event in Scotland, where he was invited to mark the traditional February 1st opening of the River Dee by making the first cast.
His comments would seem to put an end to speculation that he could return to the sport with McLaren or Honda.
“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 was reported as saying by The Daily Telegraph. “This is the busiest time of the year for 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 realised I was definitely retiring.
“I’m retiring. It’s not tongue in 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 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.”