Podium or Pits is Badger’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not in F1. Stay tuned for a macho Jean Alesi, Tamara’s dog spa, Flavio and Silvio, and Jenson’s Ferrari shocker…

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Actor Sylvester Stallone, left takes a pop at Michael Schumacher. Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 24/5/98
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Quite frankly, this is just weird – Hello fellow POPites. After spending a disturbed night (thanks noisy neighbours, you utter, utter [no, too rude – ed]), we were delighted to find a story involving Jean Alesi, American racing and Sylvester Stallone. Yes, you read that right.

Apparently, he’s going to be Alesi’s prime morale booster as the Frenchman prepares to compete in next season’s Indy 500. Get prepared to get stacked, Jean. Oh, and watch out for any funny tablets he gives you.

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It’s a house, a very big house – yep, that’s right, POP’s back on the trail of Tamara Ecclestone.

It really is extraordinary how much copy the Daily Mail are able to generate from Bernie’s girls. Extraordinary.

Apparently, Tamara’s new house contains: “her own underground nightclub, bowling alley, fully operational beauty salon and even a dog spa“. Now, far be it from POP to doubt the veracity of such statements, but we don’t even know what a “dog spa” is.

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Is this true? Could it be? – Apparently (well, according to Phil Duncan in the Daily Mail), Sky will operate a dedicated F1 channel on Freeview for a monthly fee of £10.

We’d be surprised to be honest – part of Sky’s business model is to take something people like (obviously) and charge for it as part of a bundle. They want you to have to take as many of their services as possible, especially with a premium product such as sport. They find your pressure point and ruthlessly exploit it.

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To say we aren’t entirely surprised would be an understatementFlavio Briatore is to be called as a witness in the Silvio Berlusconi “did-he-or-didn’t-he-pay-an-underage-prostitute”-trial. POP can’t think of two men who deserve each other more.

On another note, POP can’t wait for this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKhYShSUOrQ

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Jenson Button in Jensational Ferrari link – that’s right, POP can do tabloid headlines too.

This is a story involving our Jense, a Ferrari Enzo and a classic car dealership in Essex. You can guess what’s happening. He’s selling a car. See here for a rather excitable article from thisisbath.co.uk.

Our favourite bit is “But he won’t want to publicise the fact he is selling such an iconic vehicle – because of the fierce relationship between McLaren and Ferrari.” Really? Good grief.

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Brazilian GP Badger Bash – that’s right, it’s that time of year again. In a shameless plug (even though it’s all sold out), we just thought we’d mention it here [the money’s in your pigeon hole – ed]. Have a gander here to see what you’re in for/missing out on.