Virgin vs Lotus

Virgin Racing have revealed their 2010 drive line-up: ex-Toyota driver Timo Glock and GP2 racer Brazilian Lucas di Grassi.

But a more interesting duel is revealing itself, between Virgin Racing boss Richard Branson and the Lotus F1 team.

The latter’s boss, AirAsia owner Tony Fernades, said the other week that his first objective in F1 is to beat Branson’s outfit. “Otherwise I will retire and kill myself,” he added.

Branson has responded, saying that he likes Fernades a lot and hopes the Malaysian won’t have to kill himself.

Branson then suggested a slightly less drastic challenge.

“He has an airline, we have an airline, and if we beat him he can come and work on our airline as a Virgin stewardess,” he told Reuters.

“I suspect that he might ask us to reciprocate. I’ll have to check how fetching his stewardess outfits are, but I’d be game to do it while totally confident of winning.”

So if nothing else, Virgin and Lotus are at least in with a good chance of winning something in 2010, that being the humiliation of a rival team boss.

Will Force India team principal Vijay Mallya join in with his Kingfisher airlines?

UPDATE: Tony Fernades has accepted Branson’s challenge, which has added an interesting little twist to the 2010 season!

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Its great to see challenges like that. It just gives a brighter and broader spotlight to the sport which can only be posative. 2010 is going to be awesome

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Malaysian are taking over everything!!! Run for your lives!!! They took over lotus, Pinewood studios, The millennium eye, Mercedes F1….its a conspiracy I tell ya!!! Don’t be surprise if right now they’re planning to BUY TOPGEAR!!! OMFG….the horror…. I can see it now….celebs will be doing their laps in a proton…Clarkson, Hammond and May, would have to put proton and perodua cars in the cool list… :,(

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It’d be good if the challenge worked also with Vijay Mallya, as Jamie said… but no, after he hears this, Force India will have a challenge with USF1 over god-knows-what

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some people just got too much money…just buy schools in africa instead of wasting money in space or formuala 1…

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Virgin and Lotus are at least in with a good chance of winning something in 2010, that being the humiliation of a rival team boss. really nice blog.

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tis day stig has a good day for him.

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LOL FOR STIG AND HE WILL HAVE A GOOD DAY AT 2010

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its 2010

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i love TOP GEAR ON THE BBC

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YES.

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AND I LOVE 2010.

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I LOVE BEN 10

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LOVE FROM Bailey

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MAN

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sooo tony fendes might kill him self HHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMM

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i mean tony fernandes

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@brti-brit that would be horrible

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They won’t will win anything so competing between themselves is a way of winning something, I guess…

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Like it or not, this duel between Virgin & Lotus is what F1 needs. We need people like Branson & Fernandes in F1 to liven things up a bit. F1 is just not about the cars only but also the people behind it. When was the last time such rivalry existed? It’s been quite a while. As in any sports, it’s not just about winning, well for some maybe yes but for the rest of us in this dreary world we look forward to this new atmosphere in motorsport. Those who rave, rant & have their own political agendas should stay away from this.

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This is great for f1. Two former team mates as well

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ive been told this is the real virgin race car… but keep it to your self !

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So, 2010 F1 season is coming to an end. Who is wearing who stewardest uniform? I am looking forward to see him – Branson in sexy red Air Asia stewardest uniform?

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