Lotus Racing secured its primary goal of tenth place in fron of HRT and Virgin in the 2010 FIA Formula One™ World Championship when Heikki Kovalainen finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 17th place.In the beginning of the season, we already know about the battle of the newcomers  between the two airline cum Formula 1 team chiefs, where the loser will have to wear the stewardess outfit of the rival airline and serve passengers onboard. Read the full news from ESPN F1 and Lotus Racing below.



Sir Richard Branson left Abu Dhabi on Sunday with an AirAsia stewardess uniform in his luggage.

It was given to him by Tony Fernandes, the owner of the low-cost Malaysian airline and the F1 team currently known as Lotus. At the beginning of the season, Fernandes and fellow airline owner Branson, figurehead the Virgin team, wagered that the worst of the F1 newcomers would host the other on a flight – dressed as a stewardess.

“He’ll have to work the whole flight. He’ll have to serve, he’ll have to clean, he’ll have to clean the toilets,” Fernandes is quoted by Reuters, after Lotus Racing finished the 2010 season in the coveted tenth place. Virgin finished last, behind HRT.

“Watch out London-KL,” Fernandes wrote on Twitter.

Billionaire Branson said: “The only positive thing is we own 20% of his company so I’ll be able to get some promotion for a company I have a stake in.”

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KUALA LUMPUR: While Lotus Racing’s attention now turns to the young driver and tyre tests in Abu Dhabi, the team, AirAsia and their counterparts at Virgin Racing are busy preparing for Richard Branson’s inaugural flight as an AirAsia stewardess.

In the midst of the celebrations on track last night, Team Principal Tony Fernandes gave Branson an AirAsia uniform and pinned an AirAsia stewardess’ badge on the Virgin Racing boss and the two agreed on how the bet would be settled.

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 pitwall 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.”

AirAsia will announce soon more details on the date of the flight and how donors can enter the charity auction to bid for a seat.

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