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Brawn confirms six-month sabbatical

Saturday 14th December 2013

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Brawn confirms six-month sabbatical

Brawn confirms six-month sabbatical

Ross Brawn confirmed on Friday that he will take a sabbatical of six months before making any decision about a possible return to Formula One.

The out-going Mercedes boss, who was instrumental in Michael Schumacher's success at Benneton and Ferrari, will officially leave the Brackley team on December 31, 2013, ending 35 years of involvement in the sport.

"I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer," Brawn told the BBC.

"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."

The 59-year-old has already been linked with possible roles with several teams, including Honda, Williams and McLaren, which already admitted to talks with the in-demand Briton.

"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," McLaren chairman Ron Dennis confirmed.

"But going beyond that, as you would expect, it's normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible."

Mercedes Technical director Paddy Lowe and Business Executive Toto Wolff will formally take over from Brawn on January 1, 2014.

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