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 a trip round scenic New Jersey, the future of F1, Gerhard Berger getting involved, a festering fan fest and Slavica fleeing the country…
Red Bull can always be trusted to get involved – Feel like you haven’t had enough exposure to the New Jersey Grand Prix? Well, fear not, as Red Bull are on the case.
Fresh from Sebastian Vettel’s sedate drive round earlier this year, David Couthard has now taken to parts of the course in an F1 car. Apparently his title is Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Running Show Car driver. Now that’s a mouthful and a half.
The future of F1? – We recommend you read Kate Walker’s piece for ESPN on the relationship between television and F1.
It’s a very good breakdown of how the sport functions and what that means for fans now and in the future.
This sounds like a very good idea – Gerhard Berger is a man who knows what F1 is all about, given he’s been in and around the sport since what feels like THE DAWN OF TIME.
Anyway, hyperbole aside, he’s trying to reform the way the lower categories feed drivers into F1. Provided they manage to reform the whole thing, rather than attacking it piecemeal, we think it will probably be a good thing.
Fan Fest Festers – This is a shame. A planned Austin Fan Fest, designed to coincide with the hosting of this year’s race at the Circuit of the Americas, looks like it isn’t going to move out of the planning stages. This is because of a clash with another event at the venue they planned to use.
Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
It must be hard to make ends meet- Slavica Ecclestone, former wife of Bernie and mother to Petra and Tamara, is moving to the US, according to The Daily Mail.
This is because she finds the taxation levels in the UK to be too high. We can’t think of how we’d pay the taxman either, especially with a piddly divorce settlement of £743 million. IT’S A SCANDAL.