Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in Formula One. Stay tuned for all matters F1, including a couple of nice F1 stories, Bernie’s death pledge, Lewis Hamilton’s training regime and the man who simply will not GO AWAY…

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See, he’s not all bad…is he? – A heartwarming F1 story to kick off this week’s POP. Bernie Ecclestone, as well as sitting spider-like in the centre of the F1 web, arranged for four boys with serious illnesses to visit the Monaco Grand Prix, including a trip on a private jet to get there.

It was all arranged through the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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Oh goodness, another awful/nice tale - This time it concerns a McLaren fan who fell from a grandstand at Tabac, breaking his leg and, more concerningly, back upon landing.

Both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton wrote him letters to wish him well. How nice.

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Bernie is, in a lot of ways, like the Pope. Or the Queen – And we mean that specifically in terms of his stated intention not to stop running F1 until he dies, as mentioned in this article.

Terrifying.

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An interesting insight, if somewhat strangely writtenLewis Hamilton’s been chatting to The Daily Mail about his training regime. Surprisingly, it’s actually worth reading, and contains observations such as:

Formula One always will be a physical sport, but over the years the cars have become slower and slower. People like Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher needed huge neck muscles to control their cars. Drivers coming into the sport now have much smaller necks because it’s not as intense.”

and

I’m a black belt in karate but I haven’t done it since I was about 12. I took that on because I was being bullied at school. I was about six and I said to my dad: ‘I want to learn how to defend myself.'”

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Just when you thought he was gone for good – Flavio Briatore reappears, touting something no-one wants to see. Let’s do F1 but call it something different! Let’s allow me, a proven cheat, to rewrite the rules! Let’s all go to space land and fly in their giant dragon planes!

No thanks.

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