Date: 23rd October 2014 at 9:06am
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Three-year-ago Sam Michael was announcing his decision to leave Williams to become Sporting Director for McLaren.

Now the 43-year-old has gone public on his decision to retire from Formula One.

The decision was actually made in March when Michael formally made his resignation clear to McLaren saying he wanted to return to his native Australia with his family.

After communication with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis it was decided that Michael would complete the 2014 Formula One World Championship season with the team and leave at the end of the year.

‘It’s been 21 awesome years in F1, Loved every minute of the racing and the people, but it’s time to go home – and on with the next challenge.’ Michael told the BBC.

The news had created speculation regarding the futures of McLaren Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Neale and McLaren Technical Director Tim Goss.

Rumours suggested that the pair could also be leaving in further management reshuffles at McLaren, however the team have denied the rumours with a team spokesman saying: ‘They are not leaving and there are no plans for them to leave.’