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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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.

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'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.

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

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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'

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"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.

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Too little, too late for Hamilton?

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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.


'Long road ahead for resurgent Hamilton'

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Lewis Hamilton took the win he so desperately needed at the United States Grand Prix but there is still a long road ahead if he is to win a fourth Formula 1 world title this year.

Hamilton's seventh win of the season was also the 50th of his career, to put him just one behind Alain Prost in second place in the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (91 wins).

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'Hamilton's behaviour steals the show'

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On the greatest driver's track, Nico Rosberg drove a Japanese Grand Prix befitting a world champion, a title with which he looks increasingly likely to end the year.

And yet somehow the Suzuka weekend was all about the German's Mercedes team-mate, who provided drama both on and off the circuit.