Brawn: No plans to return to Formula One

Ross Brawn has ruled out a return to Formula One by announcing he has retired from motor sport.

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The former Benetton and Ferrari technical chief, who was owner of the Brawn GP team and latterly team principal and co-owner of the Mercedes team, had been linked with a swift return to the sport.

The 59-year-old Englishman stepped down from Mercedes at the end of last season but had been reported as a possible target for McLaren.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Brawn declared his career in the sport was over when speaking at a fishing event in Aberdeenshire.

"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 said.

"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."

Brawn's career was closely intertwined with that of Michael Schumacher, the seven-time world champion who is presently being gradually brought out of a coma in a French hospital following a skiing crash that occurred on December 29.

Brawn and Schumacher worked alongside each other at Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.

"I'm retiring - it's not tongue in cheek," Brawn said, according to the Daily Telegraph website.

"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."

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