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.

Can Hamilton overcome qualifying hoodoo?

23 July 2014
nico rosberg and lewis hamilton

Considered a master of qualifying, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has seen things conspire against him during the one-hour session in the past five races.

A crash at Hockenheim, a misjudgement of conditions at Silverstone, a spin in Austria, a mistake when it counted in Canada and an infamously aborted run because of Nico Rosberg-influenced yellow flags in Monaco have given Hamilton a lot of work to do on Sunday afternoons.

Read full article, Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton bids to end woeful qualifying form

'Luckless Hamilton needs to catch a break'

20 July 2014

Three hours after the German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was playing chess with his trainer as he waited for his usual news conference with the British written media.

Even if Hamilton admitted he was no good at the game - "I've lost eight times out of nine games we've played," he said - it was a scene that belied the cliched, and false, image of the Mercedes driver as a sportsman who relies mainly on instinct and puts little thought into his racing.

Read full article, Luckless Lewis Hamilton needs to catch a break at Hungarian GP

Can Hamilton ruin the honeymoon?

15 July 2014

In stark contrast to the heady thrill of a comeback victory at home in Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton must face Nico Rosberg's vociferous German support at Hockenheim this weekend.

And as if the airhorns and black, red and gold flags of the 120,000 fans packed into the circuit's huge 'stadium section' were not enough to charge the atmosphere for Hamilton's newly married team-mate, last Sunday's World Cup win will be a huge inspiration for the football-mad Rosberg. What a week for the 29-year-old.

Read full article, Lewis Hamilton's chance to ruin Nico Rosberg's home race

Ricciardo has style to go with the smile

9 June 2014

Montreal weaved its magic again, and this time it cast its unique spell on the man with a smile as wide as the St Lawrence Seaway.

Daniel Ricciardo wears the pressures of Formula 1 lightly. Not a minute seems to go by when the sunny Australian does not have a big, sparkling white grin on his face, and his maiden grand prix victory was greeted with universal delight in a sport that has taken him to its heart.

Read full article, Canadian GP: Daniel Ricciardo thrives at Red Bull

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