Date: 3rd February 2014 at 8:37am
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With speculation surrounding his future in Formula One for the past twelve months, Ross Brawn insists he has now walked away from the sport for good.

Brawn left Mercedes at the end of last season claiming he would take a six months sabbatical to contemplate his future.

Speculation has been rife ever since he seemingly became available, with both McLaren and Williams heavily linked with the 59-year-old.

A recent managerial restructure at McLaren hasn’t helped the rumour-mill, with a newly created position at the Woking based team appearing to be perfect for Brawn to fill.

But Brawn has now declared he has officially retired from the world of Formula One.

‘I’m retiring – it’s not tongue in cheek.’ he told a fishing event in Scotland, according to Sky Sports.

‘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.

He went on to add: “Come the summer I may take stock and things may change – never say never – but it’s not my plan,”

“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 [the media] had put two and two together they would have realised I was definitely retiring.”