Who are you calling a mug? Aside from crockery-related news, Podium or Pits this week features a corner called ‘Brundle’, Ron ‘Dennis the Menace’, an exploded Formula 1 car, and the lastest F1 app for your iPhone!
F1 Art - POP doesn’t pretend to understand modern art. But apparently an ‘exploded’ Formula 1 car constitutes ‘art’ these days? Dutch artist Paul Veroude used a Mercedes GP car to create the art work, which will be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz World F1 exhibition in Surrey. Each part of the car is suspended to look as though the car is exploding. Not the best of omens to apply to an F1 car…
Snetterton - everyone should be familiar with the Silverstone circuit, the current home of the British grand prix, but it’s often easy to overlook the many other circuits we have in Britain. Snetterton, in Norfolk, has hit the headlines this week after it announced the circuit’s new corner names, including ‘Murrays’ (after the legendary BBC commentator Murray Walker), ‘Brundle’ (after the current incumbent commentator, Martin Brundle), and ‘Hamilton’ (after the McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton). POP went to Snetterton once and nearly caught pneumonia. So if you do decide to make a trip there wrap up really really warm!
Brundle is good friends with the man who runs Snetterton, Jonathan Palmer: both of their sons have raced in the British F3 series, and Brundle took over from Palmer as commentator when coverage moved from BBC to ITV in 1997. So naturally Brundle was invited to pick his own corner – fancy that! The corner he chose “was one that combined driving skill and commentating relevance – Brundle corner is where you’ll see the last of the late brakers succeed and fail and the focus of excitement for those on the microphone” said Palmer.
Personally, POP thinks the pit exit should be named ‘Hamilton’. Seems most appropriate.
iPhone envy - at the best of times POP gets iPhone envy. But now, POP is positively seething at the news of the Aussie grand prix ‘App’. There’s a handy race countdown, the temperature in Albert Park, maps, photos and news. And it’s free! POP predicts that 2011 will be the season where Apps, Twitter, Facebook etc etc really become part of the Formula 1 viewing experience – and about time too.
Ron Dennis the Menace - it’s never a good idea to get yourself banned from driving. But it’s especially not a great idea to get banned for 6 months when you’re the Executive Chairman of a racing and car manufacturing company. Nice one, Ron Dennis the Menace! The former Team Principal of McLaren was caught jumping a red light in his Mercedes car last year. Added to his previous speeding offences (naughty!) this resulted in a 6 month ban.
Car Insurance - At least Ron won’t have to be paying any car insurance during his ban! And you can win your car insurance paid for a year – thanks to MoneySupermarket. POP doesn’t promote a lot of stuff generally, but this looks like a good’un. Click here to find out more about the competition and how to enter…
The legendary Badger Mug! And last, but certainly not least, this season’s Badger Mug has been revealed! How do you get your mits (or paws) on such a coveted item? Sign up to Badger’s amazing Fantasy grand prix of course, and winners of each race will receive their own Badger mug. Scroll down to see the BBC team proudly modelling theirs, and you can click here to read the interviews with the team – can you guess who’s favourite breakfast is porridge with lime chutney?
“It’s been through winter testing and passed the coffee, tea and hot chocolate tests with no problems!” – BadgerGP Editor, Adam Milleneuve