It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for Podium or Pits!  This week Button meets an unlikely F1 fan, Lotus get sued, and a mini-Brawn GP makes its debut!

PITS.  Brawn GP –

The Brawn GP team may be no more, but someone clearly forgot to tell Scalextric.  The team, as we all know, has been rebranded (again) as Mercedes.  But Scalextric have released a 1:32 scale model this week of last year’s championship-winning car, as modelled above by Team Principal Ross Brawn.

According to Scalextric, this is only the first in a series of forthcoming Brawn GP products.  So Brawn GP lives on … but in toy-town tiny miniature!

PITS.  The Red Bull team –

After the furore at the Turkish grand prix, where the two Red Bulls crashed out of 1st and 2nd places, everyone’s been pointing fingers.  Brundle thought it was Vettel’s fault, team principal Christian Horner made a thinly-veiled attack on Webber’s track positioning, Webber blames Vettel, Vettel blames Webber, well, you get the picture.

However, POP blames the Red Bull team, naturally.  When you’ve got two drivers sitting pretty out in front of the rest of the pack, it is your duty as the team to make sure they don’t crash.  It’s pretty obvious really.  But … it was pretty funny to watch, hilarious in fact.  Keep up the good in-fighting guys!

PODIUM.  Jenson Button –

Yesterday Jenson became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (otherwise known as the OBE).  He received his accolade from the Queen, who apparently is more of a motorsport fan than we could ever have imagined, “she knows quite a lot about racing which was quite nice” said Jenson after the event.  Brilliant.  The Queen has to be the most unlikely F1 fan in the history of the sport.  She’s been alive for the whole of Formula 1’s own lifetime, so by now her Majesty must be an F1-expert!

PITS.  Mike Conway –

The British Indy 500 driver survived one of the most horrendous crashes POP has ever seen.  Even more scary than Robert Kubica’s live unfolding crash at Montreal in 2007.  POP can’t even begin to describe the horror of this accident, so you’ll just have to watch it for yourselves. Disclaimer: those of a nervous disposition are advised to look away now.

PITS.  Lotus –

Impressive new team Lotus are becoming embroiled in Spygate Round II.  The team are being sued by Force India for copying their designs using a windtunnel previously used by Force India.  The claim is said to be worth nearly £20 million.  If true, it may also trigger an investigation by the FIA, which requires that teams build their own chassis.

Watch this space for POP’s continuing F1 Legal Bulletin… because what would Formula 1 be without the lawyers, eh?

The beautifully presented 1:32 scale car is the first of many exciting BRAWN GP products to be released by Scalextric throughout 2010.