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 Flavio on the Apprentice, self-interest with Ross Brawn, a shameless plug, trouble in New Jersey, and some guff about Lewis Hamilton.
Oh god, really? AMAZING – Just when you think the world of reality television can’t get any more odd, the Italians go and do something that makes George Galloway purring like a cat look like an afternoon of lawn bowls.
Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favourite businessman and proven F1 cheat Flavio Briatore is back, and this time he’s hosting Italy’s version of the Apprentice. Given his “performance” during the BBC’s fly-on-the-wall series about QPR football club, it’s sure to be a classic.
This sounds just a little like self-interest – Ross Brawn has been chatting about the second half of the F1 season. Apparently, he’d like it to be less random.
According to him:
“There is a funny analogy to fishing, which I was thinking about the other day. In fishing, the great thing is that a complete beginner can come along and catch a huge fish, because there is a randomness to it. That is what makes it really fun for participants – but that doesn’t make it a very good spectator sport.”
“What we cannot have in motorsport is a randomness where you don’t know who is going to win, and that you could work really hard to improve the car but your car doesn’t suit the conditions and you are not competitive. That is not where we want to be.”
Yes, because we want to know who’s going to win the race before it starts. Oh, and also we’d like it to be from one of a small number of teams. How cruel the world of competitive sport can be sometimes.
Yes, this is a shameless plug, but there we go – The next Grand Prix is at Spa. This, we know. What some of you might not be aware of is that Adam Milleneuve, Badger’s esteemed editor, is riding from Silverstone to Spa over the course of four days.
He’s not just doing this because he’s a lunatic, a madman, a masochist, a nutter [that's enough of that. ed], but for charity instead. All together now, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Anyway, both he and the wider Badger team would really appreciate it if you had a gander at the Ride2Spa website and, if you’re able, donate a few pounds.
Oh dear – Is this one of the opening acts in the tragedy of the New Jersey Grand Prix?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Tom Cotter, the President of “Formula One Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial” has left his position. This comes only 10 months before the prospective race and after Bernie Ecclestone had expressed doubts about whether it would go ahead as planned.
In addition, the fact that there was no announcement about his replacement suggests that no-one knows what the hell is going on. Interesting times in New Jersey.
Is this a case of getting out while the going is good?
Oh, please – A case of an over-active imagination and 2+73 = 1 trillion at many publications recently.
What do people like? Celebrities. Sportmen. Relationships. Money.
Well then, we’ve hit the motherload. Welcome to a story that has Nicole Scherzinger chartering planes (and spending her X-Factor fee to do so) to go to all the remaining Grands Prix of her boyfriend, Lewis Hamilton.
Real life doesn’t cater to the tastes of the public that well, surely?