Ross Brawn has announced his retirement from Formula One, ending speculation over his future.

Since leaving the role of team principal at Mercedes at the end of 2013, Brawn has been linked with a move to McLaren, Williams or Lotus having said he would take a six month sabbatical to enjoy his other hobbies such as fishing. However, The Telegraph reports Brawn has confirmed his retirement while opening the River Dee in Aberdeenshire on Saturday.

"What they didn't realise when I was invited here was they had a scoop because the world's press was trying to find out if I was retiring or not," Brawn said. "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 had put two and two together they would have realised I was definitely retiring."

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And Brawn reiterated he wouldn't be returning to F1 despite not yet knowing what his next move will be.

"I'm retiring - it's not tongue in cheek. 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."

Brawn started his career with Williams before becoming technical director at Benetton; masterminding Michael Schumacher's two world titles there before following him to Ferrari and going on to dominate the early 2000s.

After leaving Ferrari, Brawn joined Honda as team principal and bought the team when the manufacturer withdrew from the sport in 2008. That led to the fairytale 2009 season where his eponymous team won both the drivers' and constructors' titles, leading to Mercedes taking over the team in 2010.