Andrew Benson

Chief Formula 1 writer

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About Andrew

I'm BBC Sport's chief F1 writer. I have been covering... Read more about Andrew Benson Formula 1 for more than 20 years and it has had me in its spell for most of my life.

I'll be sharing the fastest, most complex and sometimes simply the most thrilling sport in the world.

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F1's focus on raw speed over refinement

Read full article on 2017 season: F1 looks back for its future with faster, wider cars

Formula 1 will look very different when it emerges from its winter hibernation in 2017 - and not just because for the first time in 23 years the reigning world champion will not be racing.

Nico Rosberg's decision to retire after winning his first world title not only left Mercedes with an awkward hole to fill alongside Lewis Hamilton, it means the German will not get the chance to drive new cars that are aimed at reinvigorating the sport.

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Wanted: Lewis Hamilton's team-mate

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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff admits that Nico Rosberg's decision to retire took him completely by surprise - but it is only the start of his problems.

Now, he has to find a replacement for the German as team-mate to Lewis Hamilton. And at this late stage of the year, it will be no easy task.

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'A classy move from a classy man'

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Nico Rosberg's decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching his first world title is a major shock - but perhaps it should not be.

The German put everything into this season, as he explained in his statement on Friday. The pressure of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

'Rosberg will never be Hamilton's equal'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's actions in defeat as big a story as Nico Rosberg's triumph

Lewis Hamilton was never going to go down without a fight in his world title duel with Nico Rosberg.

He had two choices going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: drive off into the distance and emphasise a point about being the fastest driver in the world, who had only lost the title because of an uneven spread of reliability problems at Mercedes; or try to engineer the result.

Ron Dennis

Generous, gauche, loyal, arrogant - the complex Ron Dennis

Read full article on Ron Dennis: How broken friendship led to McLaren exit after 35 years as boss

Somehow, Ron Dennis' departure from McLaren was no less shocking for knowing it was coming.

After all, this is a giant of both Formula 1 and British industry, who has been forced out, by his own partners, of the company he had built up. It is a company that had made him the most successful team boss in F1 history, and which is now one of the world's leading sportscar manufacturers.

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'There's a gulf in class, if not points'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's class shows in Brazilian Grand Prix

"Not too bad, huh?" Lewis Hamilton said on the podium after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. You can say that again.

The 52nd victory of the Mercedes driver's career kept the title fight alive for a final-race showdown in Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time. Rosberg will start that race as a strong favourite to become world champion. But a chaotic, crash-strewn race at a treacherously wet Interlagos emphasised the gulf between the two men.

Lewis Hamilton

Too little, too late for Hamilton?

Read full article on Mexican Grand Prix: Too little, too late for Lewis Hamilton?

Lewis Hamilton strolled to the sort of almost error-free victory from pole position he could have done with a couple more times this season - but the action, and much of the story, at the Mexican Grand Prix was behind him.

Hamilton's eighth win of the season was the 51st of his career, putting him level in second place on the all-time winners' list with the great Alain Prost - who posted a message of congratulations on social media - with only Michael Schumacher ahead of them.