Andrew Benson

Chief F1 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.

Hamilton has world title at his feet

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton title prospects a matter of 'when' not 'if'

Lewis Hamilton is not there yet, but he might as well be.

The Briton's victory in Russia on Sunday, his ninth win in 15 races this season, has moved him to within touching distance of a third world title. It would take something akin to a shift in the space-time continuum to wrench it from his grasp.

The rise & fall of Red Bull-Renault

Read full article on Red Bull & Renault: How it started, where it went wrong, what now?

From total domination to the brink of departure from the sport, Red Bull's rise and potential fall is a remarkable tale.

The road to the precarious position in which the team find themselves in Formula 1 dates back several years, to an engine supply partnership with Renault which hit problems almost as soon as it started.

What now for 'embarrassed' Alonso?

Read full article on Fernando Alonso: What now for 'embarrassed' McLaren driver?

It was said with feeling, and timed for maximum effect. At Honda's home race, on the track it owns, Fernando Alonso left the watching millions around the world in no doubt as to what he felt about the Japanese company's engine in the back of his McLaren.

Alonso is paid a salary of $40m (£26.3m), half of it funded by Honda. Regarded as arguably the finest driver in the world, whose words have the impact such a status demands, he used his team radio to describe his car's lack of straight-line speed as "very embarrassing".

'A blip? Or have Mercedes lost it?'

Read full article on Singapore GP: 'A blip? Or have Mercedes lost it?'

The colour of the car had changed, as had the language in which he conducted the post-race radio exchanges with his team.

But in every other way Sebastian Vettel's victory for Ferrari in the Singapore Grand Prix bore an uncanny similarity with so many of those he took with Red Bull.

Honda engine nightmare stripped bare

Read full article on Why Honda engine is a nightmare for McLaren & the solutions

For some months now, McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have pinpointed the Singapore Grand Prix as one of their best chances to score decent points this season.

The beleaguered team's poor form in the last two races in Belgium and Italy resulted in a stormy news conference after qualifying in Monza, in which Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai was given a severe grilling over his engine's lack of performance.

'Drivers' lives are on the line'

Read full article on Sebastian Vettel not alone in F1 Pirelli concern

Sebastian Vettel is a sunny sort of guy for whom a joke and a smile is never very far away. He does not get angry in public very often so when he does you can be sure there is a good reason.

Very rarely has the four-time champion been as transparently furious as he was after the Belgian Grand Prix.

Who's top of the Formula 1 charts?

Read full article on F1 mid-season report: From Mercedes to McLaren & Manor

Formula 1 heads into its mid-season break after two thrilling races at Silverstone and in Hungary.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are leading the drivers' and constructors' championships comfortably but both have shown vulnerability and the second half of the season promises much.