Fernandes, Branson accept cross-dressing bet

KUALA LUMPUR: Lotus F1 boss Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes yesterday accepted a challenge from Sir Richard Branson that the loser of their two Formula One teams will dress up as a flight attendant on the winnera��s airline.

a�?Bring it on,a�? said a statement on the friendly bet from Fernandes, the principal of the new Malaysian-backed Lotus team and group chief executive of AirAsia, Southeast Asiaa��s biggest budget carrier.

Lotus and Manor GP, to be rebranded Virgin Racing following this weeka��s announcement of a sponsorship deal with Bransona��s business empire, are among four new teams that will compete in the 2010 Formula One season.

Fernandes has said recently that the Lotus teama��s only goal in the forthcoming season was to beat Virgin Racing otherwise he would a�?retire or kill himself,a�? according to the statement.

In response, the British businessman reportedly said this week that Fernandes could work as a Virgin flight attendant should Virgin Racing finish ahead of the Lotus team.

Fernandes reciprocated, saying a�?our guests will be delighted to be served by a Knight of the Realm.a�? His statement included a mockup photograph of Branson in the red outfit of an AirAsia flight attendant. a�� AFP

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