Brawn announces F1 retirement at fishing event

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Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013In the round-up: Ross Brawn confirms he will not be returning to Formula One.


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Brawn announces his retirement from F1 (The Telegraph)

“Brawn, 59, has been heavily linked with a move to McLaren following the return of Ron Dennis to the team, but in a shock announcement to a fishing event in Aberdeenshire, he said he would not be returning to the sport.”

Ron Walker confident of Albert Park grand prix until 2020 (The Age)

“Chief among the hurdles is the government’s insistence that the annual sanction fee for the race, which will reportedly reach almost $36 million (??19.2m) this year, be significantly reduced.”

Red Bull denies staff exits have hurt (Autosport)

Dietrich Mateschitz: “The current problems arose from the engine side and not from our team, which still has the high-level know-how it needs.”

Analysis ?ǣ Red Bull RB10 Front Aero (ScarsbF1)

“Typically Red Bull found their own solution to the new Nose regulations, albeit what Newey described as a ??Keel? nose is not far from the more common ??Finger? nose in concept.”

??Sexing up? F1 by doubling points or golf by offering cash for a hole-in-one on a par four is ridiculous ?ǣ the sport alone is enough (The Independent)

“Most Formula One fans ?ǣ who, let?s face it, are devotees who understand the nuances of their sport ?ǣ are also largely opposed to it. They don?t want to see the rest of the season devalued in favour of a finale that amounts to a powerplay on wheels. It?s up there with drivers rotating cars from race to race.”

The aesthetics of the Formula 1 nose (MotorSport)

“Yes, form follows function in the binary chase of the last nth, but a line ?ǣ preferably a pleasing one ?ǣ must be drawn when a new batch of F1 cars, rather than provide a frisson and surge of pride, makes the sport a laughing stock. That?s now.”

Tweets and pictures


Felipe Massa posted this picture illustrating his choice of number for 2014 and beyond.

Comment of the day

There was no shortage of great suggestions for our latest Caption Competition. obo01, JackySteeg, Max Jacobson, Klaas and IsaacTham all came up with amusing captions.

But my favourite was this from Meridabob:

Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Jerez, 2014

I?m finding everything?s packaged too tightly, did Adrian design the underwear too?

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonFerrari launched their 412 T1, powered by a V12 engine, 20 years ago today.

The team’s new car for the 1994 season would be driven again by Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi.

Having failed to win a race in the previous three seasons – the longest winless streak of the team’s F1 history – team principal Jean Todt had rehired John Barnard as designer.

Image ?? Mercedes/Hoch Zwei

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77 comments on Brawn announces F1 retirement at fishing event

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 2nd February 2014, 15:57

    I am already starting to like the new noses. Mercedes has a very clean solution as well as Red Bull !!! Just took 4 days to get used to.

    Moreover I am already feeling little awkward about the 2013 noses as they are raise un-proportionally. They feel like a bird flying with its beaks open. When I looked at the F1 cars of the 70s and 80 they all had low noses. In fact through the entire history of F1 the high noses were only predominant from 1995 to 2000 and later from 2009 to 2013. Maybe it is just a matter of getting rid of anteater !!!!

  2. rsp123 (@rsp123) said on 2nd February 2014, 16:41

    Sutil reckons the cars (some at least) will be 4 seconds a lap faster by the end of the year. A lot of of that gain will come from some clever programming of the brake-by-wire system – a very complex task. It seems to me that one team might hit upon a solution that the others may well never find – after all, brake-by-wire software is not something you can see on a competitor’s car and copy (like McLaren’s new rear suspension “blockers”).

    Here’s hoping for some unexpected podiums this year.

    • panache (@panache) said on 2nd February 2014, 17:15

      If brake-by-wire for the rear wheels can be manipulated and reprogrammed then when does it effectively become ABS/EBD/EBC for the rear axle? Active modulation of the brakes by electronic systems when pedal pressure is applied should be completely banned as this could mimic the effects of the aforementioned braking systems.

      Drivers can change the brake bias and ERS harvesting modes on the fly and often do but crucially these changes remain fixed until the driver makes another change. This is very different from a dynamic modulation of the brakes throughout a lap which could be exploited to prevent rear locking, enhance threshold braking and trail braking, preserve the tyres and ultimately improve lap time.

      Am I right in thinking that brake force also has to be equal for both wheels on each axle? In other words the braking force of each wheel can’t be controlled independently. It should stay like this.

      • @panache

        If brake-by-wire for the rear wheels can be manipulated and reprogrammed then when does it effectively become ABS/EBD/EBC for the rear axle? Active modulation of the brakes by electronic systems when pedal pressure is applied should be completely banned

        It was implemented for a reason, in that the amount of energy recovery/harvesting occurring next year would make it all but impossible to manage the rear brakes without some form of electronic modulation. Bearing in mind this is only the rear brakes also, which aren’t usually the ones which lock (what ABS is designed to prevent).

  3. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 2nd February 2014, 16:58

    I spotted this interesting quote in the Independent article:
    “But it is pretty insulting to suggest that Formula One fans are so fickle as to switch off just because one of the best drivers is routinely giving his rivals a masterclass.”
    But isn’t that exactly what happened? I’d argue that fans are incredibly fickle to the extent where they’d let the identity of a winning driver spoil their view of a race/season as a whole.

  4. Gerry said on 2nd February 2014, 23:56

    Brawn retiring – Great loss to F1 – sad news!!

  5. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 3rd February 2014, 16:20

    He’ll be back, this is just how he gets the media off his butt every time someone in the paddock mentions his name, now he can fish in peace…

  6. moblet (@moblet) said on 5th February 2014, 7:35

    Going fishing more fun than working? Who would have thought?
    I wouldn’t like to be the trout when Ross Brawn’s casting the lure.

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