• Jul 5th 2007 at 3:03PM
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An F1 team owned by a rapper? You've got to be kidding, right? Well, he might be, but Sean "Puffy" Combs is reportedly considering buying a team. If car manufacturers, retired drivers, clothing labels and even beverage companies can own F1 teams, why can't a recording artist? In the fast-changing world of Formula One, if you've got the green, you can have the team. And nobody's more about the Benjamins than Puffy.

The notoriously impulsive hip-hop icon made the announcement that he intended to buy an F1 team at a party in London celebrating the launch of his new cologne, where he was seen spending most of the night talking with Lewis Hamilton. We'd be seriously surprised if Diddy actually went through with it, but at the very least this looks like the premise for a movie only slightly better than Soul Plane.

Feel free to post your jokes and speculation in the comments section below...just keep it tasteful, biotch!

[Source: London Times via Jalopnik]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Puff diddy daddy has a lot of money i guess..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Say whatever you want about Puffy, but he's a very shrewd and proven businessman. Aside from the music world, he's got some very successful restaurants, an award winning clothing line beating established veterans like tommy hilfiger etc, an accomplished actor, etc. Whatever the man decides to do, he excels at. My money is on Puffy, he invented the remix - didn't he?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not NASCAR Diddy?
        • 8 Years Ago
        That actually isn't a half-bad idea...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, there are some jealous people on this site. P. Diddy has excelled as a businessman. And anyone who questions the use of the term "recording artist" to describe him has no idea of what talent is. It's always the envious people who want to attack. Don't hate, celebrate. Diddy has class and would improve any industry he goes into.

      And by the way, Noah, Diddy doesn't use language like "biotch." There's no need to lump all black male artists together.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The pure ignorance and underlying hate in these comments speak loudly.

      Actually the original post does as well.

      His clothing line, Sean John, has been nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Award for Menswear Designer of the Year every year since 2000.

      The sales from that eclipse anything you could ever make from recording. Although he has made countless hits in that field.

      Are you guys saying you have a problem with this black guy sponsoring a team? I have seen someone here say "If he sponsored it he'd probably want a black driver."

      Why would you automatically assume that? The day to day at his Sean Jean clothing company is handled by a white fashion professional that previously ran Joseph Abboud. Why wouldn't he have the most capable person running his efforts and driving his car irrespective of their race? That's what he does in his other businesses.

      But of course you fellas have no problem when GlaxoSmithKline promoted its NiQuitin using their F1 sponsorship. That's much better than one of those dirty black 'rap' guys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think he really understands what it would take to run a Formula One team. I pity the drivers that will sign to his team, if he decides to go with it.

      He should really "practise" with a simpler and less expensive racing series team first.

      But hey, it's his money to waste.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with your comment.
        R& D alone for F1 runs in to the Millions.

        One must be close to a billionaire and have extreme knowledge of the sport.

        cheers

      • 8 Years Ago
      His interest probably came from Lewis Hamilton's recent winning (Hamilton is also black if you didn't know). "Diddy" (not "Puffy") will probably try to find an African-American driver to race in F1, but then again, F1 has not been so kind to all American racers lately. The one guy from the U.S., Scott Speed, is good but his team/crew is terrible, even if it is sponsored by Red Bull.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just because you hang out with Hamilton from time to time doesn't qualify you to own an F1 team, I don't think.

      ugh...I guess it's fine, Cedric the Entertainer owns a CART team or did own a CART team. As long as he doesn't plant his face everywhere, gets too involved and he just bank rolls the effort.

      Ever since B.I.G. died Combs has been a real pill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just because you hang out with Hamilton from time to time doesn't qualify you to own an F1 team, I don't think.

      ugh...I guess it's fine, Cedric the Entertainer owns a CART team or did own a CART team. As long as he doesn't plant his face everywhere, gets too involved and he just bank rolls the effort.

      Ever since B.I.G. died Combs has been a real pill.
        • 8 Years Ago
        So what is the qualification of being a F1 owner? What's the qualification of owning any piece of a large francise?

        Money! That's it.

        It's called advisors and I'm pretty sure most, if not all, francise owners have them. See, it doesn't matter what background you come from. The only thing that matters is if the owner has funds to pay for a good team. It's not like trying to open up a mom and pop resturant where mom and pop have to know the tricks of the trade and are busting their humps to make a profit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugh. Well, I guess he's got to find SOMEthing to do with the hundreds of millions he made from being a talentless hack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since Lewis' dad was just saying that he should get something like 100X what he is making now (not that there is anything wrong with that since he is making 300,000 a year and leading the championship) could he switch to the new Diddy backed team?

      http://www.refinedrogue.com
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