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 McLaren medicine, F1 in the Olympics?, Karting with Karun, Greek F1 and some origami…


Healthcare and Formula 1 – Usually we read about the beneficial effects Formula 1 has on automotive technology, as the benefits of throwing large wads of cash to go really quickly trickle down into the cars you and I drive.

Similarly, McLaren are now helping a hospital develop a monitoring system that, rather than providing data on tyre or brake temperatures, assesses the vital signs of patients.

To read more, click here.


No, it won’t – there’s really not much to say apart from that to the question “Will Formula 1 become an Olympic sport?”

As Jaccques Rogge, International Olympic Committee President, said “Frankly speaking, the concept we are having is the games are about the competition for the athletes not for equipment, therefore, while having a lot of respect, they will not be included into the Olympic programme.”

But, if you want to know more about why this won’t ever happen, see here.


Karting with Karun Chandhok – What’s not to love about this? Karun Chandhok, everyone’s favourite Indian F1 driver, is hosting a charity Karting event near Silverstone.

It’s £60 per driver and you have to enter as a team of three.

For more details and a natty picture of Karun with a bunch of people, click here.


Downward economic adjustment of about 20%? Crippling cuts to public services? A possible exit from the Euro? – What can Greece do to fix this? Yes, that’s right, hold a Formula 1 race. Won’t that be nice.

It seems absolutely barmy and gets madder the more you think about it.

To read more about this, click here.


Well, this is a touch strange (or really groovy, depending on how you feel about origami) – In order to keep their legions of fans happy throughout the F1 break, Lotus have released a paper-based Lotus E20 for you to make yourself (or with the help of parents, guardians, brothers, sisters, pets etc etc).

We really like it, but then your POP correspondent also likes model railways.

See here for more.