Ross Brawn has said that he will not entertain offers to return to F1 until at least the middle of next year, insisting that he needs a break from the sport.

The former Mercedes team principal, who officially leaves the role at the end of the month, told the BBC that he needed at least a six-month period before he decides whether he wants to return to the sport.

"I am refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer," said the man who helped guide Benetton, Ferrari and his own eponymous team to world titles, "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."

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Even before confirming that he would be leaving Mercedes, Brawn was being linked to possible positions at McLaren, Williams and even the FIA, but always insisted that he was more likely to take time out to indulge his other passion, fishing, than diving straight back into the F1 pool.

According to Reuters, McLaren boss Ron Dennis met with Brawn on a social occasion, but did not formally discuss a role at the Woking team.

"I did have a conversation with him, but we were shooting together," Dennis revealed, "We were having a chat and we're mature motor racing people so of course you're going to talk about life. But, going beyond that, as you would expect, it's normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible..."