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2013-12-17 08:26

TAKING A BREAK: Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn will hand over his responsibilities on December 31 2013. Image: AFP

Kieran Barry

LONDON, England - Out-going Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn will take a six-month sabbatical before deciding whether to return to Formula 1.

Brawn has been involved with team management in Formula 1 for over 35 years but will leave his current team at the end of 2013 and take time to decide where his future lies.

'CLEAR MY MIND'

Brawn told the BBC: "I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least mid 2014. 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."

Brawn is credited as a key figure behind Michael Schumacher's seven world titles at Benetton and Ferrari and also found success with his self-titled team in 2009, when Jenson Button won the World championship.

Brawn has already been linked in the media with roles at returning engine manufacturer Honda, the FIA, Williams and McLaren, the latter being a potential chance to team up with chairman Ross Dennis, who confirmed he had talked with Brawn.

Dennis said: "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.

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

Brawn will hand over his responsibilities at Mercedes to executive directors Toto Wolff  and Paddy Lowe and formally leave the team on Dec 31.
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