Despite the Melbourne fanfare and the prominent presence of Sir Richard Branson, Brawn GP's Virgin deal could theoretically end after the Malaysian grand prix this weekend.

Despite the Melbourne fanfare and the prominent presence of Sir Richard Branson, Brawn GP's Virgin deal could theoretically end after the Malaysian grand prix this weekend.

SportsPro magazine reports that, despite Branson indicating that full naming sponsorship and team ownership is a likelihood, the current deal is only for the Australia-Malaysia double header at the rate of $250,000 a race.

That deal, however, is likely only in its current form due to the lateness of its completion, with Branson signing it before boarding a plane to Melbourne, having cut short a family skiing holiday.

The Virgin logos on the winning Mercedes-powered cars, meanwhile, had been sent by email from London and cut into vinyl stickers in the Australian city.

Billionaire Branson admitted at Albert Park that the agreement is likely to be extended shortly, unless the newly winning team gets a better offer.

"We are a virgin bride, and they may find that someone comes in and offers them something even better before we marry up with them," he said.

 

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