With Mercedes tenure ending, Brawn takes a breather

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Outgoing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is looking ahead to a six-month sabbatical before deciding upon continuing his career in Formula One.

The 59-year-old recently stepped down from his duties with the team, and he told the BBC that he was “refusing to discuss any possible future positions until at least next summer.”

“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 told BBC F1 writer Andrew Benson.

Best known for helping Michael Schumacher attain his seven world titles and for winning the 2009 title with Jenson Button through his own Brawn GP team, Brawn opted to leave despite efforts from Mercedes to keep him on board. Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe are now set to lead the Brackley side starting next year.

As for Brawn’s future, many F1 followers believe he will be using the free time to plan out his next move.

He’s already been linked to possible roles with teams such as Williams and McLaren (the latter’s chairman, Ron Dennis, confirmed to the BBC that he has talked with Brawn), incoming engine manufacturer Honda, and even the FIA itself.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.