Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Coffee, Tea or GHAAA!

As you know, it takes a lot of money to be involved in F1. Most of the team's owners have day jobs in which they own shipping empires or the like. It so happens that two of them own airlines. I'm referring to Sir Richard Branson of Virgin fame (Racing and Airlines), and Tony Fernandes of Lotus F1 and Air Asia.

Earlier in the year Fernandes said that if Virgin beat them in the championship race, at the end of the year, he'd quit Formula One and kill himself. Seems extreme, but who are we to judge. Branson, being a bit more level headed, proposed something a bit different; loser works as a server on a flight of the other's airline. To which Fernandes responded "Bring it on, the sexier the better."

I'll tell you, in some ways, I'm more interested in the outcome of this little contest than I am in the championship. The championship will likely be won by Red Bull, Ferrari or McLaren blah blah blah... with millions of dollars at stake blah blah... But this, this means something! Those two will move heaven and earth to see they don't lose. Men send their countries to war to avoid lesser indignities!

Some unsuspecting businessman, on his way home from an exhausting trip is going to be shocked out of his seat when Sir Richard Branson bends over and asks him which beverage he'd like to enjoy. What a great flight that would be.


  1. There is an old saying in the aviation business... (which I was a part of for over a decade) You know how to make a small fortune in the aviation business? Start with a large fortune.

    So I am surprised these guys have money to spare on F1. :)

  2. Yeah, it's expensive. Lots of teams don't make it but the sponsorship money is pretty impressive. It even comes with the drivers sometimes. There are rumors that this year's GP2 champion is bringing $15 millon with him. That's good for at least the catering.


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