Virgin boss Richard Branson has said that a decision will be anounced regarding his company’s sponsorship of the Brawn team once the season is over. Branson began his partnership with the championship-winning squad for the Australian Grand Prix although Brawn’s success and increasing worth clearly means that any extension of the deal would now be significantly more expensive.
With Virgin having stepped in at the last minute to sponsor Brawn – which required extra funds immediately before the opening race in Melbourne – the worldwide brand has now been linked with the Manor team for 2010, although Branson insists that any decision on Brawn will be placed on hold until the end of the season, with celebrations still continuing.
"It was the perfect relationship," Branson told BBC Radio 5 Live. "Virgin loves to support an underdog but they are now one of the most expensive teams out there…certainly not underdogs anymore!
"We will make an announcement in the next month but at the moment we just want to celebrate a magnificent season with the Brawn team, Jenson [Button] and Rubens [Barrichello], who also did magnificently.
"I don’t think, in our wildest dreams, we thought this would happen!" he laughed. "I knew they had a good car, as I happened to know one of the test drivers, but when I got on a plane to Melbourne with some Virgin stickers in my bag, having just shaken hands and given them some money, the last thing I expected was a first and second in the championship race!"