Ross Brawn exited Mercedes at Christmas and this week has given strong indications that he will not return to a frontline job in F1.
Speaking at the Motor Sport Hall of Fame evening on Wednesday, he said that he had “no plans” to return to F1. This weekend he has gone further at a fishing event in Scotland, telling an audience that he has retired “and it’s not tongue in cheek.”
The 59 year old has made a fortune, selling his eponymous team to Mercedes for €123 million in 2009 and earning multi million salaries every year since the late 1990s. He certainly doesn’t need to work again.
Speaking to him on Wednesday, when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Brawn was in relaxed mood and looked very fit. He has lost a lot of weight over the winter. He now has four grandchildren and is a hands on grandfather, but time will tell whether he really feels that he doesn’t have another challenge in him.
He had been linked with the CEO role at McLaren, but it is hard to imagine him working with Ron Dennis and reporting to him. Equally, a return to his first team in F1, Williams, has been mooted, but the rebuilding job required to take that team back to the top, against well funded works teams appears a challenge too far for a man who has little left to prove in F1.
Brawn is the only technical boss to have won Grands Prix with four different F1 teams.