Richard Branson, Tony Fernandes, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Branson to honour “air steward” bet with Lotus

Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

According to Tony Fernandes, Richard Branson has agreed to honour his pre-season bet over which of their teams would finish highest in the world championship.

The pair had agreed to serve as an steward on their rival’s airline if they finished behind them in this year’s world championship.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix confirmed Lotus in tenth place in the constructors’ championship with Virgin 12th behind HRT. Fernandes presented Branson with an AirAsia uniform and pinned an AirAsia stewardess? badge on him.

Fernandes said:

There has been a fantastic spirit of competition between us and Virgin Racing all season and one of the first people to come and congratulate us on the pit wall was Richard.

We have had this great bet running all season and now it?s time for Richard to start preparing himself for some hard work and the likely pain of a pair of high heels!

We agreed last night that we will run an online charity auction for the seats on our Kuala Lumpur / London route to raise money for a charity of Richard?s choice and give fans of both teams the chance to be on the flight.

The date of the flight will be announced very soon and the aim is to raise as much money as we can for a good cause so the discomfort Richard will go through is worth as much as it possibly can be!
Tony Fernandes

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