Not a day late this week but, if we’re honest, there’s not too much going on. Rubbish. In case you didn’t know already, Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in F1. Stay tuned for another nice thing, a not very nice thing, a nice thing?, a weird thing and a tasty thing…


This is nice – After recently hosting another charity event (which Damian Johnson and POP attended for Badger) Daytona Milton Keynes have been at it again.

Attended by such luminaries as Jenson Button and Dario Franchitti, the event was held to remember Dan Wheldon, the British driver who found success in America.

There isn’t really anything more to this POP entry than wanting to highlight a Nice Thing.


Oh dear, this didn’t go well – We often think F1 drivers are removed from the concerns of ordinary people and, to a certain extent, they are.

However, when it goes wrong it can go really wrong. Step forward Mr. Jyrki Järvilehto, otherwise known as JJ Lehto, who’s been sentenced to two years and four months in prison for accidentally killing a friend of his in a drunken boat crash.



Do we like this?Ben Edwards is going to be the BBC’s lead F1 commentator. He’s been on ITV’s Touring Car commentary and the A1GP coverage. Is this a welcome step up? Will he be able to fill the illustrious shoes of Martin Brundle? Let us know your thoughts below.


Yes, we like this – It is being rumoured by Badger’s favourite news source,, that Michael Schumacher could be in line to be the next president of German football club Cologne.

Our favourite part of the story is definitely this:

However, Schumacher’s spokeswoman Sabine Kehm says “we don’t want to comment on these mind games.”

It’s clear something’s been lost in translation, but we like the idea that this is a sneaky plot of Nico Rosberg to distract his more experienced team mate before the new season.


Booze. We like booze – Badger, in case you hadn’t realised, owes a lot to the people who help us out with prizes, access to things and those who are generally just nice.

So it is that we turn to the last Podium entry for this week: Johnnie Walker. Number 1, they support McLaren. We like that. Number 2, they give us stuff. We also like that, as we then give it to you.  They also gave us the opportunity to not only interview Mika Hakkinen, but also to drive onboard with the man himself in a rather fancy road-going super race car.

So, you know, do us and them a favour by having a gander at their gift packs – available at selected supermarkets and all good whisky shops.  Also available online from

Available at selected supermarkets and specialist whisky stores. Black Label RRP of £29.99, Red Label at £21.99