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.

Kamui Kobayashi

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.

Hamilton & Rosberg 'like enemies'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: Toto Wolff tries to keep the peace

Toto Wolff is the man who somehow has to keep Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg apart - and together - in the midst of the most fractious intra-team Formula 1 title battle in years.

Not since Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost 25 years ago have two team-mates been locked in such a tense fight, with only themselves as each other's focus.

Ferrari's Di Montezemolo pays price

Read full article on Luca Di Montezemolo pays price for Ferrari breakdown

Luca Di Montezemolo is an iconic figure in motorsport and Italian public life, for his many great achievements, for his charisma, and for the theatre with which he conducted himself.

His problem was that in recent years the play was not very good and the acting had gone stale.

'Nowhere to hide for Rosberg'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton v Nico Rosberg: German driver under pressure

This one felt really good for Lewis Hamilton, for lots of different reasons.

After falling 29 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg following his controversial retirement at Spa, and with only six races remaining after Monza, Hamilton simply could not afford to lose any more ground to the German.