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 trip round scenic New Jersey, the future of F1, Gerhard Berger getting involved, a festering fan fest and Slavica fleeing the country…

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Red Bull can always be trusted to get involved – Feel like you haven’t had enough exposure to the New Jersey Grand Prix? Well, fear not, as Red Bull are on the case.

Fresh from Sebastian Vettel’s sedate drive round earlier this year, David Couthard has now taken to parts of the course in an F1 car. Apparently his title is Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Running Show Car driver. Now that’s a mouthful and a half.

To read more (and see videos), click here.

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The future of F1? – We recommend you read Kate Walker’s piece for ESPN on the relationship between television and F1.

It’s a very good breakdown of how the sport functions and what that means for fans now and in the future.

Click here to read on.

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This sounds like a very good idea – Gerhard Berger is a man who knows what F1 is all about, given he’s been in and around the sport since what feels like THE DAWN OF TIME.

Anyway, hyperbole aside, he’s trying to reform the way the lower categories feed drivers into F1. Provided they manage to reform the whole thing, rather than attacking it piecemeal, we think it will probably be a good thing.

For more of the particulars, click here.

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Fan Fest Festers – This is a shame. A planned Austin Fan Fest, designed to coincide with the hosting of this year’s race at the Circuit of the Americas, looks like it isn’t going to move out of the planning stages. This is because of a clash with another event at the venue they planned to use.

Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

To read more about local politics in Texas, click here.

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It must be hard to make ends meet- Slavica Ecclestone, former wife of Bernie and mother to Petra and Tamara, is moving to the US, according to The Daily Mail.

This is because she finds the taxation levels in the UK to be too high. We can’t think of how we’d pay the taxman either, especially with a piddly divorce settlement of £743 million. IT’S A SCANDAL.

To read more about how to avoid tax, click here.

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  1. @Benson and all badgers I’m curious what are your top 3 favorite tracks on the current calender and up to 5 years past. It was tough to leave out some mega tracks but i came up with this.

    1 Autódromo José Carlos Pace
    Interlagos

    2 The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

    3 Circuit de Monaco

    blaspheming slightly with spa just around the corner i know, but therein lies the challenge of naming only 3!

    • Avatar of Geoff Collins

      The problem for me is separating out tracks for racing compared to tracks for driving, tracks for being at and tracks for watching on TV.

      Racing:
      Silverstone
      Suzuka
      Interlagos

      Driving:
      Spa
      Hungary
      Suzuka

      Being at:
      Monza
      Montreal
      Monaco
      Melbourne (Yeah, I know that’s four, but they all begin with M)

      Watching on TV
      Interlagos
      Monaco
      Montreal (Hmmm, that’s your set of choices…)

      But if I could only have three:
      Spa
      Monza
      Monaco

  2. Trust an f1 teamster you offer him 3 choices and he takes 5 lots of 3! looks like i need some help from charlie re the rules next time. ;) Great choices though i wish i could visit them all.

    Mine were based upon the tv spectacle because sadly i’ve never visited the tracks outside the uk though i will get to monaco one day! I guess spectators aren’t allowed there but If i could i’d stand right where the marshals are before the tunnel and scare my self silly as the drivers aim for my legs! I’m glad to see a mention for hungary to it looks like a rough ride in an f1 car but i’ve always thought it would be great fun to have a drive on.

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