Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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About Andrew

I am BBC Sport's chief F1 writer. I have been... Read more about Andrew Benson covering Formula 1 for 19 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.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton's second title long overdue

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's second Formula 1 world title is long overdue

Perhaps Lewis Hamilton's greatest strength this year, a key to the second title that he won at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, was that he always believed he would do it.

Through all the difficult times - and there were plenty this year for Hamilton, despite the overwhelming superiority of the Mercedes car - faith was his crutch.

Who deserves to win the world title?

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: Who deserves the world title?

On one level, the much-criticised decision to award double points at the final Formula 1 grand prix of the season has worked, in that the championship finale this weekend is much more open than it would otherwise have been.

Lewis Hamilton has a 17-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

'Ruthless' Rosberg sets up F1 climax

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: German win sets up anxious finale

In any other Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton would have to finish only sixth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 23 November to clinch his second world title, even if Nico Rosberg won the race.

But the intensely controversial decision made last December, at Bernie Ecclestone's behest, to award double points at the final race of the season, means Hamilton now has to be second to his Mercedes team-mate in the same scenario.

Where does all the money go in F1?

Read full article on Formula 1: Where does all the money go?

How can a sport that generates more than £1.1bn per year in revenues have teams at the back of the grid desperately struggling to make ends meet?

That is the question hanging over Formula 1 after both Marussia and Caterham went into administration, leaving the grid with only 18 cars - the lowest number for nine years.

Is Kobayashi-Caterham trust broken?

Read full article on Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham concerns hint at breakdown of trust

The remarks Kamui Kobayashi made on his 'private' Facebook account about his repaired suspension arm are startling, to say the least.

It is very rare to hear a grand prix driver talk in terms of being "seriously troubled" by the safety of his car, whatever the circumstances, and his comments provide a revealing insight into Kobayashi's state of mind over the Russian race weekend.

'Alonso pondering Mercedes gamble'

Read full article on Fernando Alonso: Join McLaren now or gamble on Mercedes?

Fernando Alonso is trying to decide between joining McLaren for 2015 or taking a sabbatical in the hope of joining Mercedes the following year.

Although it has not been announced, the Spaniard's Ferrari contract has been terminated at his request and the team have signed Sebastian Vettel for 2015.

Teamwork key for Mercedes & Marussia

Read full article on Mercedes' title came from Lewis Hamilton but began in engine room

The shine was unavoidably taken off it because of the circumstances of the Russian Grand Prix in the aftermath of Jules Bianchi's awful accident in Japan, but Lewis Hamilton's ninth win of the season, and the constructors' championship that it secured, marks a magnificent achievement by Mercedes.

There was an inevitability about this title, almost from the moment Mercedes' 2014 car took to the track in pre-season testing.

F1 has never stopped striving for safety since Senna death

Read full article on Jules Bianchi: Ayrton Senna death a 'wake-up call' F1 never forgot

The horrific accident suffered by Jules Bianchi, who is fighting for his life in a Japanese hospital after crashing at Suzuka on Sunday, has re-focused attention on safety in Formula 1.

Within the sport itself, though, the quest to improve safety has never slackened since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994 led to a long period of self-examination, and an awareness that complacency had set in, to a degree.

The risks and terrible paradox of F1

Read full article on Jules Bianchi: What lessons can F1 learn from Japan crash?

The accident during the Japanese Grand Prix that left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi in hospital with severe head injuries is an illustration of the unsolvable and sometimes terrible paradox at the heart of motor racing.

No-one wants to see racing drivers hurt, and yet it is an inescapable reality that the very possibility of it is a part of what makes Formula 1 such an intoxicating draw for its participants and the millions who watch it around the world.