F1 » Branson to finally honour F1 bet

Richard Branson and Tony Fernandes have set a new date for the Briton to serve as an AirAsia stewardess following their bet from the 2010 F1 season.

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shaken - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 1:33 PM

Nearly forgot about it all (the bet), and how time flies by! Anyway as it was a 'fun' thing, it was only a matter of Branson finding the time. Had it been a real business deal- there may not be any such smiles...

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 9:30 PM

To bad Richard Branson is not as interested in F1 as other team owners.

He has the means to outspend Tony fernandes and do a Red Bull type makeover to bring Marussia from nothing to a championship caliber operation.

That was maybe the reason Timo Glock had decided against the Renault deal and went for Virgin and signed on for long term, believing Branson was another Deitrich Mateschitz coming along.


December 19, 2012 10:17 PM

David, Branson never gave a toss about F1, he only got involved with Brawn when they were winning, wasn't interested in investing in the team at the start of the season. Paid for Virgin F1 for a couple of years, hoped to make money from it and it turned out harder than he thought so he got rid of it. Never was and never will be an F1 man, just another money maker.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 1:47 AM

Braden, what do you mean it's a conjecture?

Glock really turned down Renault for Virgin. Renault was debating whether to pull out of F1, so they were not a sure bet. But hot onthe heels of Brawn GP, Mr Branson seemed to be winding up for a promising F1 foray, not to mention out of the new team owners he was the richest, and he had plenty of outlets to market his F1 team.

Considering Caterham's level now, and the fact that Richard Branson is about 2-3 times wealthier than Tony Fernandes, If Branson had been serious about the venture, Virgin could have been scoring points by now.

Chris - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 9:49 AM

Its not about how much money the guy throws at the team, Toyota threw loads of money into their F1 team but it came up with no wins at all before they decided to call it quits. It's about who is in the team that can build and develop the car.

Anyway, good on Branson for honouring the bet. It's only a bit of fun anyway.


December 20, 2012 10:13 AM

the key phrase here is "seemed to be." We never got much indication at all of Branson's intentions beyond brand expansion. Nice thoughts, but I saw no real drive to succeed in F1 from him at any point. I wish he had stepped up like Mateschitz and formed another top team, but that's life.

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