Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in F1 and, to be frank, you lot are lucky to have one today. This is because your correspondent a) has just eaten some microwaved rice so could be dead within the hour and b) had completely forgotten that it’s a Thursday and POP is due. So, stay tuned for Vettel and his car, Bernie’s bonfire and a farty…


Oh god, really? – That’s right folks, Sebastian Vettel has a car named after him. And, forgive us for seeming bitter, but it’s not like they’ve really put a lot of effort in – the Infiniti FX50 S Sebastian Vettel edition doesn’t really trip off the tongue does it?

There’s a video of him bopping around in one from earlier this year, in which he says things like “a lot of people today were suprised how sporty and how good the handling is”. And there it is, the entire purpose of the video. How much did that one line cost Infinity? Our best guess is a lot.



As much use as… – a chocolate F1 car. Yep, you read that right. We can’t remember whether this has been on POP before, so we’re bunging it in for the sake of completeness.

According to chocolatereviews.co.uk it took 48 hours and 300kg of chocolate to make, which would be c.254,000 calories and 46.1 kg of sugars.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen and any other portly F1 driver you can think of, this is your car.


Five?! FIVE?! – That’s right fellow POPites. Bernie’s been in the media again (when isn’t he?) chatting about the prospects for Grands Prix in Europe. Apparently, he thinks the old world may only host five races in future.

Now, POP knows Bernie isn’t averse to a bit of public negotiation and, in a world where F1 races seem only to be increasing in value, he’d be a fool not to try to squeeze more money from circuits and promoters. That said, Valencia can go as far as we’re concerned. Any more?


Bash a Badger – don’t really, but do come to a Badger Bash. See what we didn’t there?

We know it’s not an impartial opinion, but it was cracking. Over 100 F1 fans in a room with a quiz, some cracking banter and a four and a half metre HD screen. What more could you want?

Stay tuned for next season’s plans… they’re going to be good.


A fake party? A farty? – it’s another one of those Johnnie Walker McLaren videos. So far, so normal.

However, two points arise: a) is that Jonathan Legard at 1.48 interviewing Jenson Button? You just can’t shake him off. b) did Johnnie Walker set up a fake party so they could film Lewis and Jenson being all cool and sophisticated in black and white?