Branson to work as air steward for three-year-old F1 bet

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Sir Richard Branson will finally make good on a bet he made three years ago when his Virgin team competed in Formula One.

The Virgin group founder and billionaire is set to honor the bet he made to Tony Fernandes about which of their teams would finish ahead in the 2010 world championship by working as an steward on Fernandes’ airline.

Fernandes ran the Lotus team (now Caterham) at the time, which beat Virgin in the constructors’ championship that year. Branson sold his stake in the team to Marussia at the end of 2011.

It has taken three years to arrange for Branson to meet the terms of the bet by working for Fernandes for a day. Yesterday AirAsia confirmed he will do so on a flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Sunday 12th May.

“This is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience,” said a statement. “There will be fun and games, and of course a certain billionaire working the aisles in the famous AirAsia red cabin crew outfit.”

“Proceeds from each seat booked will be given to the Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia. A portion of all ancillary sales from the flight will also be donated to Starlight Foundation.”

Flight tickets are priced at AUS 399 (US $417) and can be purchased from airasia.com.

Who has the best odds of winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500?

Can Takuma Sato make it 2 Indy 500 wins in a row Sunday? Photo: IndyCar
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Noted oddsmaker Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) has released its annual list of which drivers have the best — or worst — odds of winning Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Topping the list is 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi at 8/1 odds, followed closely by Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves (going for a record-tying fourth 500 triumph), 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden and Will Power, all at 10/1 odds.

Other notables include:

  • Pole sitter Ed Carpenter 12/1
  • Danica Patrick 25/1
  • Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, who is vying to become the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves did so in 2001 and 2002, 30/1
  • Rounding out the list with the highest odds of winning is Max Chilton at 25/1

Here’s the full list:

Indianapolis 500 – Odds to Win @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Alexander Rossi #27                  8/1

Helio Castroneves #3                 10/1

Josef Newgarden #1                  10/1

Will Power #12                          10/1

Sebastien Bourdais #18             12/1

Ed Carpenter #20                      12/1

Scott Dixon #9                          12/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28               12/1

Simon Pagenaud #22                12/1

Marco Andretti #98                    15/1

Tony Kanaan #14                       15/1

Sage Karam #24                        20/1

Carlos Munoz #29                      25/1

Danica Patrick #13                    25/1

Graham Rahal #15                     30/1

Takuma Sato #30                      30/1

Robert Wickens #6                    30/1

Gabby Chaves #88                    40/1

JR Hildebrand #66                     40/1

Ed Jones #10                            40/1

Charlie Kimball #23                    40/1

Spencer Pigot #21                     40/1

Zach Veach #26                        40/1

Stefan Wilson #25                     40/1

Zachary Claman De Melo #19     80/1

Jay Howard #7                          80/1

Matheus Leist #4                       80/1

Jack Harvery #60                       100/1

Oriol Servia #64                         100/1

Conor Daly #17                         150/1

James Davison #33                   200/1

Kyle Kaiser #32                         200/1

Max Chilton #59                        250/1