Racing legend Richard Childress Racing has revealed his father will not be racing this year, but will remain in the industry.
Racing legend Richard Childrens racing team said in a statement that his father, former Australian Formula 1 driver and Formula 1 World Champion, Darren Childress, has decided to step down from his racing duties and “continue to be an integral part of the team”.
“He will remain on the team and the team will remain strong, he is very much part of our team,” the statement read.
“I am very much looking forward to him taking his leave in 2018.”
Mr Childress’ decision came as he and his wife of 33 years, Claire, were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Childs was born in Australia in 1946 and became a racing driver when he was 12 years old.
He went on to win five Formula 1 races, including the Australian Grand Prix in 1974.
In 1978, he and Claire signed up with the famous Australian Racing Association (ARA) to race in the Formula 3000 series.
During his racing career, Childs won four F1 races, three of which were for the ARA.
As the team’s team director, he has been a key figure in developing the ARP series and was part of its success in the late 1970s.
But, in 2015, the ARPA was bought by a company that was owned by Mr Childress.
Mr Childrens’ decision has prompted speculation that his career in the sport will be over and he will seek a new career in politics, where he has a close working relationship with Mr Pedersen.
On Friday, Mr Pederson said the decision by Mr Pedersons father would have “nothing to do with racing” and was simply the “best thing for his health”.
The former Australian F1 driver also revealed his own mental health, saying it was “probably as good as it gets” and that he “wasn’t quite ready to have to deal with it”.
Mr Pedersen told ABC Radio Melbourne that his son had “really been a role model” for him and that his dad had been “absolutely terrific” at his young age.
“He’s always had a fantastic, positive, strong, bubbly, energetic, passionate, loving, kind, supportive and supportive, and a really wonderful father to his family,” Mr Pedensons father said.
When asked about the speculation of his father being forced to step aside, Mr Childs told ABC’s 7:30: “It’s not about racing.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said his decision was “entirely up to Darren”. “
He’ll continue to be a part of us.”
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said his decision was “entirely up to Darren”.
Ms McLachlin told Channel Seven: “If he decides to continue in the game, he’s got to make the best of it and do the best that he can.”
However, Ms McLachlen said the AFL had also been in contact with Mr Childsss family and was considering what action to take.
“[The] AFL will be consulting with them,” she said.
“If there is a decision that Darren makes, he’ll have to make that decision.”