Brawn GP May Secure Google Sponsorship

One Formula One team is about to hit the jackpot in the upcoming weeks, as it surfaced that Google is interested in becoming an F1 sponsor as soon as possible. The rumors started making the headlines following a short visit paid by the company's co-founder Larry Page to the F1 paddock, during the recent Monaco Grand Prix.

Although he was official guest of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, it is believed Page's main interest rests with the race-winning and most likely 2009 champions Brawn GP. It's no news that the co-owner of the famous Internet brand is a good friend of Virgin Group's owner Sir Richard Branson, on whose Caribbean island he even got married less than 2 years ago.

Currently 26th on the 2009 Forbes list of the world’s billionaires and the 6th richest person in America, Page might join his long-time friend in sponsoring Ross Brawn's team from as early as this year. Whether the two businessmen have a different agenda for the upcoming season – maybe purchasing the team – we're yet to find out.

According to media reports during last weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, it seems a bunch of other teams have taken a personal interest in securing Google as major sponsor for their F1 operations, mainly the ones backed by worldwide car makers.

Page's desire to invest in Formula One might come at the right time for Branson, who has reportedly avoided upping his sponsorship offer towards Brawn GP following the Spanish GP. As one of our most recent reports revealed, the value of the financial deal between Virgin Group and the Brackley based team remained the same from the Aussie GP onwards, despite the team's immense success in the 2009 F1 championship so far.
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