Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in Formula One. Stay tuned for Bernie’s altruism, progressive taxation in F1, electric pit lanes, a perfect match and Tamara on ice…
Irony is dead – Bernie Ecclestone, that master of the deal and the dodge, is offering a reward for people who blow the whistle on cheating within F1.
Apparently, any pure hearted F1 worker could mke themselves $500,000 by reporting wrongdoing.
This couldn’t have anything to do with his court case in Germany could it? It’s not like Bernie to go splashing the cash without a motive.
We didn’t realise this at all – Apparently the fees for F1 drivers’ super-licences are based on the number of points they received in the season before. This means if you’re driving an HRT you’re going to have to spend less than Sebastian Vettel. It’s a lot like a progressive taxation system, weirdly.
According to Jenson Button, “When I won the championship in ’09 that was the worst year to win a championship, because that’s when the super licence went crazy. I think I spent over a quarter of a million Euros on my licence to race that year!”
Again, this one completely passed us by – 2014 was meant to be the first season that cars ran under electric power in the pit lane, but now it seems like there’s going to be a significant delay after the engine manufacturers complained.
We rather like the idea of a completely silent pitlane, broken only by the sound of Christian Horner’s leg tapping on the pit wall.
These two are a perfect match – Who would you put with Flavio Briatore? Who would complement him perfectly?
That’s right, it’s only former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the man described recently by an Italian court as a man with a “natural capacity for crime”.
They’ve been hanging out together in Kenya at an exclusive beachfront resort.
Lonely? Really? – You’re in charge of the new ice rink at the Natural History Museum. Who do you get to open it? That’s right, only everyone’s favourite tabloid fodder Tamara Ecclestone.
There’s really not much more to it than that, apart from to wonder who on earth thought that people would see Tamara Ecclestone launching the ice rink and think, “well, if it’s good enough for her…”