Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in F1. Stay tuned for Danika’s sexy costume, Virgin name changes, Eddie’s band aid and a suprise for Keke…


World © Sutton Danica Patrick, Las Vegas Indy 300, October 2011.

Danica delight – Imagine for a second you’re Jimmy von Weeks. Man about town. The housewives’ choice. Badger writer extraordinaire. You’re looking, for some inexplicable reason,  for IndyCar Micromachines on eBay (POP doesn’t really know what they are, but assumes they’re important).

Anyway, while searching for those, you come across the opportunity to buy a very sexy ‘Danica Patrick’ costume. What do you do? If you’re POP, you try to scrape together all of your spare change to buy it. If you’re anyone else, you have a good laugh. So, go on, laugh.


Now they want it all... World © Sutton

Virginomore – POP has a confession to make: Virgin Media isn’t top of our Christmas card list. You try watching the Korean Grand Prix with no television or internet. Bah.

However, given that we are super mature and generally very nice, we’re more than willing to admit we like the Virgin F1 team.

They haven’t exactly set the world alight since coming into the sport two years ago, but they’ve been very chirpy. We like chirpy.

Now, as well as having various McLaren bits and bobs for next season, it seems they’re not going to be called Virgin any more. For shame. Marussia just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?


Keke Rosberg shows a modern approach to dieting in 1986 World © Sutton

Keke conception – Bit of a weird one this. Do we ever do anything else?

Basically, Stefano Coletti is a race-winning GP2 driver who will also be driving for Toro Rosso in the end-of-season Abu Dhabi test. These are both good things. In addition, he’s from Monaco, which you don’t see very often.

However, it’s when you take a look at his website that things get really odd. According to his blurbStefano was conceived on board Keke Rosberg’s yacht during a summer vacation – was this perhaps a sign of his destiny?” We like a driver with a back story and, as it goes, that’s a cracking one.


Eddie and the robbers?! -We all know Eddie Jordan is an absolute loon not backwards about coming forwards, as evidenced by his well, you know, life.

You’ll all be pleased to find out that he and his band will be playing in Abu Dhabi at the Chequered Flag Ball.

Apparently (and we kid you not) “as the man behind the drums Eddie takes pride in giving the band a serious dose of revs to guarantee great music.”

Oh god.


Bernie puts his foot down – It wouldn’t be an edition of POP without an Ecclestone sprog story and, lo and behold, here’s one for your delectation.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Tamara (that’s the older one, in case you didn’t know) has been banned from using video footage shot at F1 events in her new reality TV show. This is good news and, dare we say, suggests Bernie realises that it might not cast F1 in a good light to be associated with the programme called Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$ Girl. Amazing.

P.S. Would you buy a shampoo called “F1”? POP says no.