Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in Formula One. Stay tuned for F1 charity, Dr Where?, F1 hate, Lewis Hamilton setting the agenda, and a long nine months… 


Making memories – Continuing the proud tradition of Formula 1 charity work, various photographs taken by those people involved in F1 were auctioned in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital earlier in the year.

And now they’ve all been put together in a book. That you can buy. For charity.

Click here to read more.

And here to see fifteen of the photographs (make sure to click through to Bernie’s at the end. The description is great.)


This is a bit strange – After Sid Watkins was the official medical delegate for so long, why is his long-serving deputy and replacement for the last five seasons Gary Hartstein to leave F1 at the end of the season?

Going by his Twitter account, it doesn’t seem like something he wanted:

“Have just been informed that president of the FIA and president of FIA medical commission have decided not to renew my Formula 1 contract”

“Not sure about the “whys” of the decision, but not down to me to know. Brazil will therefore be my 247th and last Formula 1 Grand Prix. It’s been a life changing experience and something I’ll never forget.”

To read more, click here.


You know you’re doing something right when the Westboro Baptist Church picket you – 
Yes, that’s right fellow POPites, it’s time for F1 to stand proudly together with gay people, the families of dead U.S soldiers, Jewish people, Chinese earthquake victims and many others as having been the subject of Westboro Baptist Church’s hate-filled ranting.

Click here to read more about how easy it is to be a bigot. And a fool. And a joke. Not necessarily in that order.


Well, this went well – Lewis Hamilton, while in town for the Indian Grand Prix, took a very worthy trip to see the effect of poverty there.

The article is headlined: Why Countries Like India Need Our Foreign Aid. It was published on the Huffington Post on November 7th.

Then, also published by The Huffington Post on November 9th, the headline Foreign Aid to India Will End in 2015.



Yep, this is definitely a thing – This is going to be a long nine months.

Click here to see why.