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 Kimi on a yacht, the London Grand Prix, McLaren’s electronics, Flavio’s newfound fidelity and Vettel comes to Sussex…


We just like seeing him smile – It’s very rare that you see Kimi Raikkonen smile anywhere near a racing circuit. Yet, even as his distaste for his mandated media duties becomes ever more apparent, a lot of fans love him all the more.

So it is that we were glad to see him chillaxin’ [how street – ed.] after the European Grand Prix by rubbing sun lotion on his friends and generally larking about on a yacht.

See here for the pictures, kindly provided (as ever) by the Daily Mail.


So that’s how much it costs to completely screw my journey to work – Will the idea of a London Grand Prix ever die?

Now Bernie Ecclestone’s popped his head above an appropriately sized parapet to declare that he would be willing to spend £35 million on creating a traffic nightmare in Central London.

The proposed (read, pie in the sky) course would take in Nelson’s column and Picadilly Circus according to the Guardian.

As if we hadn’t had enough trouble with the bikers and their protest at parking charges.


Oh, hello Electronics Weekly – POP’s managed to ferret out an article about McLaren’s Electronic Control Unit (which is standard across F1). It’s got pictures and everything.

It’s a good read. Trust us.


It’s Flavio – you can’t keep him down – The first line of this article about everyone’s favourite Italian businessman formerly QPR owning megarich playboy says:

Come on. Really?


Will this make you spend the GDP of a small country to go? – Sebastian Vettel’s coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed which, given their theme this year is “Young guns, born to win”, makes absolute sense.

Read more about it here.

Benson Jammichello

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  1. “So that’s how much it costs to completely screw my journey to work”

    Really? so as far as you’re concerned keep f1 in japan and china and australia (not that there’s anything wrong with those tracks or countrys) let them deal with the traffic? those poor fools they might have an f1 race but they also have traffic! something that would never normally be a problem in london hahah…..oh wait.

    Besides isn’t your journey to work where ever f1 happens to be? Ok you probably don’t get to go to all the races but there would be no excuse for missing one in your own city. Surely bringing it to your doorstep instead of having to get flights to say brazil and *then* sitting in traffic possibly whilst having a gun pointed at your face can only make things easier?

    Now personally i think it might not be the most well planned idea or indeed any more than an attempt to get the media talking about something other than german courts. Infact at this moment i’d be pretty sure it wont happen, but blimey you’re an f1 journalist and you’re complaining about a race that could take place within howling engine distance of your bed?

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    I think you may have read slightly too much into a throwaway comment about my journey to work and traffic in general! That said, the broader point I was making was that Central London is a very busy place and that hosting an F1 race there has more ramifications and potential complications than hosting it in, you know, the middle of a desert.

  3. Actually, London deals with coming to a standstill on quite a regular basis, when you think about it…
    Lord Mayor’s Show- every year
    Royal Weddings
    Jubilee celebration
    Visit of Pope
    Major demonstrations
    Rail and Bus strikes.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s that inconceivable at all.

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