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.

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Lewis Hamilton

Why Ferrari may delay Hamilton's title

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By the time he was asked any questions, Lewis Hamilton was saying all the predictable things about there being a long way to go, a lot of points still available, and so on. It was earlier that he betrayed the magnitude of the events of the Japanese Grand Prix.

After a controlled performance to take his fourth victory in five races, Hamilton drove his Mercedes into the pits and stopped by the marker board that indicates the winner. And then he just sat there, the fingers from both hands in the narrow slot in his helmet, as he gave himself a moment to take in what had happened.

Lewis Hamilton

'Fate favouring Hamilton but work to do'

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The championship fates are twisting for Lewis Hamilton at this crucial stage of the Formula 1 season, but there is a lot of work still to do if he is to fend off Sebastian Vettel and seal a fourth world title.

The south-east Asian leg of the season has been kind to Hamilton - he has scored 31 points more than Vettel in two races and is now 34 ahead with only 125 still available in the remaining five races.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

Has aggression just cost Vettel title?

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How much will Sebastian Vettel come to regret the aggressive defensive move that contributed to the collision that took him out of the Singapore Grand Prix?

It is something of a signature move of Vettel's. He has used it to great effect in the past. He may well have learned it from his hero Michael Schumacher, who also specialised in that sort of uncompromising lunge. Usually it works to his advantage - but this time it could have cost him a world championship.

Lewis Hamilton

'Hamilton on fire but momentum not unstoppable'

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It was a weekend of landmarks for Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix, but how significant some of them are remains to be seen.

Breaking the all-time record for pole positions was a magnificent achievement that further solidifies the Mercedes driver's standing as the fastest driver of his era and an all-time great. Like his 59th career win on Sunday, his 69th career pole position is hardly likely to be his last.

Lewis Hamilton

'Hamilton needs all his aggression to overcome Vettel'

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Lewis Hamilton went to the Belgian Grand Prix with a mission, he looked like a man on one all weekend, and he completed it with a much-needed victory from pole position on Sunday.

It was exactly what he needed, but while the satisfaction he gained from it was clear on his face afterwards, so too was the realisation of the difficulty of the battle ahead.

Lewis Hamilton

'Hamilton rues letting heart rule head'

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The conflict within Lewis Hamilton over his decision to give back third place to team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the last lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix was clear.

Hamilton insisted it was "the right way to do things" but admitted that by the time he made the final call on the last lap it was "a kind of grey area" and rued: "I don't think I'll ever get back those three points."

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Mercedes in Formula E: should F1 worry?

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The third season of the Formula E all-electric racing series comes to a climax this weekend on a new street track in downtown Montreal.

Swiss Sebastien Buemi and Brazilian Lucas di Grassi are the main contenders - as they were last year, too. Both men are ex-Formula 1 drivers who switched to the new electric championship after low-key careers in motorsport's premier category fizzled out.