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Branson hints at Brawn GP buy-in

Brawn sponsor Richard Branson

Exhilarated Branson hints at Brawn deal

Sir Richard Branson hinted he could be ready to increase his involvement in F1 and the Brawn GP team after the team's one-two at the Australian Grand Prix.

Briton Jenson Button led home Rubens Barrichello barely a day after Branson confirmed a "substantial sponsorship" deal with the Ross Brawn-owned team.

But Branson told BBC Sport: "It's a case of watch this space, I think.

"They've certainly got me addicted so it'd be a good time to sit me down and have a word about upping my interest."

Branson was track-side as Brawn GP rounded off a sensational weekend with the top two podium spots following a frantic race in Melbourne.

And he admitted even he could barely believe his luck in Brawn GP grabbing a one-two barely 24 hours after he agreed to sponsor the former Honda team.

"It is a great day," he said. "Somebody just grabbed my hand and said to me that I had to join them at the casino so they could hold my hand and bet £1m on red!


"It was just a magnificent GP, a brilliant showing from our engineer Brawn - he was the person we were really investing in - and two great drivers who delivered the goods. It's a great start to the season.

"At the moment we're just sponsors. I mean, one day, Virgin might own a team and name it after itself.

"We'll have talks. I'm sure if Brawn GP keep plying me with champagne and putting gorgeous Virgin girls either side of me, you never know!

"But on a serious note they deserve supporting.

"This car only six weeks ago never looked capable of racing. All the people working for Honda were going to be out of work and we had no way of knowing how great the car would be.

"It's great to be part of the team rescuing that. We hope Virgin will be part of it going forward."

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Button seals dream Australia win
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