F1 » Branson aims to sex-up F1 and insists: Fun needn't cost millions


Sir Richard Branson - a man famous for his ability to make money out of next-to-nothing - argues that Virgin Racing will show the F1 disbelievers that you don't need huge wads of cash to succeed during its maiden campaign of top flight competition in 2010

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theo. - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 2:27 PM

formula 1 doesn't need chumps like branson! if he had his way, they'd have a budget of £40 to spend on a mini metros and race them at second rate cicuits around the uk.

He needs to respect the manufacturers and go back to doing what he does.

dpm

March 03, 2010 2:56 PM

This bloke wants to get real. It just shows he knows as much about F1 as flying a ballon around the world or racing a boat across the atlantic. F1 is first and foremost about racing. If he needs to know about running a team on a budget without a wind tunnel, go ask the last bloke who thought F1 should be fun, Eddie Jordan. He knows there is no subtitute for a tunnel.
Lack of money for time in a wind held him back. No computer will give you accurate enough info.

tommizi - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 4:51 PM

Richard Brandson is an entrepreneur not an engineer. If he thinks he can get a quick car only by just running Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations he is mistaken and this is what the sport's history has proven over the year. As Mike Gascoyne, and many other I am sure have said, all becomes clear on the track where the stopwatch is king.

We live in a free world and everyone is free to approach things their own way that however does not mean that it is the best way too. All the best of luck to the Virgin team but if they do not shift their way of thinking their Formula 1 carrier is predicted short since the laws of physics are the same for all frames of reference, Albert said.

JJJ

March 03, 2010 5:03 PM

The top teams are now spending a lot less than before, but still Branson will need twice or rather trice the 40MM quid he's apparently willing to spend if he is serious about being a podium contendor. But it seems like he is unwilling to do so, or genuinely doesn't 'get it' yet.

Maybe he should talk to Mateschitz some more. That guy is just throwing cash at motorsports like there is no tomorrow. He gets what it takes.

theyank

March 03, 2010 5:13 PM

The Fearless Leader of Intact-Hymen Racing is going to sex up F1? I don't get that urge when I look at an F1 car. Pit babes are a different matter however. Maybe Sir Richard intends to invest in more babes to offset the limitations of a CFD-only design approach. :)

JJJ

March 03, 2010 5:27 PM

rob01,

I know, that's the problem. Well, that and that he is talking like he IS putting his own money on the line. I don't think this whole concept is attractive for potential big sponsors.

theyank,

Pretty much what I got out of those comments. Prepare for some scantily clad females coming to a pitwalk near you this year. If they are actually goodlooking, I don't mind that kind of thing too much, though I'd rather see it complementing some competitive racing instead of replacing it.

andrew.

March 03, 2010 6:28 PM

Words that should NEVER be associated: "Branson" and "sex-up".

It's enough to give one a lumpy yawn. Just plain wrong!

If he thinks he can take on the established teams with huge budgets he must be nuts!

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