Andrew Benson

Chief Formula 1 writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief Formula 1 writer

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.


'Long road ahead for resurgent Hamilton'

Read full article on 'Lewis Hamilton still has reliability concerns after United States win'

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).

Lewis Hamilton and his Snapchat creativity

'Hamilton's behaviour steals the show'

Read full article on 'Lewis Hamilton's behaviour steals the show in Japanese GP'

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.

nico rsoberg and lewis hamilton

Nico Rosberg: world champion?

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's F1 prowess is under threat from Nico Rosberg

Six races to go; eight points in it between Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. And a genuine uncertainty about who will end up as this year's Formula 1 world champion.

For most of the season, through dramatic swings of momentum between the two drivers, there has been a general assumption in F1 that Hamilton would eventually come out on top and win a third consecutive title - and a fourth overall.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

Why is Hamilton suddenly lost?

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton: Why is Mercedes driver suddenly lost?

This one should really give Lewis Hamilton pause for thought.

It was not so much that Nico Rosberg's dominant victory in Singapore was his eighth win of the season - Hamilton has won six times - or that the German now holds the championship lead for the first time since after the British Grand Prix in early July.

Bernie Ecclestone

Beginning of the end for Ecclestone?

Read full article on Bernie Ecclestone: F1 boss' time could be running out

The end of Bernie Ecclestone's stewardship of Formula 1 has appeared close on a number of occasions over the last few years, so it is with a degree of caution that one discusses the latest episode that may seem to signal it again.

But the likely takeover of the sport's commercial arm by US giant Liberty Media does look like one of those occasions that could well signal the beginning of the end for a man whose diminutive stature belies his giant influence over the huge arena he has dominated for 40 years.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

'Hamilton third? What, seriously?'

Read full article on Belgian Grand Prix: 'Hamilton third? What, seriously?'

"After the chequered flag I looked at the results," said Belgian Grand Prix race-winner Nico Rosberg. "I knew Daniel [Ricciardo] was behind me and then I saw 'HAM' in P3 and I was like, 'What? Seriously?!"

The German, still in his champagne-soaked racing overalls an hour and a half or so after the race, was smiling.

Vettel and Hamilton

Hamilton heads to title; Ferrari to oblivion

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton is heading to his fourth F1 drivers' title after German GP win

The German Grand Prix was the last race before Formula 1 heads off for its four-week summer break, so it was fitting that it consolidated the two overriding trends that have emerged so far this year.

The first is that Lewis Hamilton is in control of this season regardless of the mechanical problems that afflicted him in the opening races - and which will have a knock-on effect as soon as the season re-starts at the end of August.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

Was Hamilton right to undermine Rosberg?

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg clash off the track at Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton leads the World Championship for the first time this season after his dominant victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but in some ways events after the race were just as important as what happened on track.

Not satisfied with the inevitable psychological blow to title rival Nico Rosberg that must have come with the knowledge that Hamilton had gained 49 points on him in just six races, the world champion openly undermined his Mercedes team-mate in the post-race news conference. While sitting right next to him.