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.

Sebastien Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

'A scrap between two of the greatest'

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The sense of satisfaction oozed out of Lewis Hamilton after the Spanish Grand Prix, in which he took a thrilling victory in the best race of a season that is already heading towards becoming a classic.

The Mercedes driver's 55th career win meant he matched title rival Sebastian Vettel on two wins each in the five races so far this season and closed the points gap at the top of the championship to just six heading into the next race in Monaco on 28 May.

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'Quiet Bottas now challenging Hamilton'

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First grand prix victories do not come much better than this. Valtteri Bottas was imperious at the Russian Grand Prix as he took his maiden win in his 81st start and confirmed himself as a major player in this fascinating Formula 1 season.

There were so many impressive aspects of the Finn's weekend that it is hard to know where to start. Crushing team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a manner rarely seen, and then soaking up intense pressure in the race from four-time champion Sebastian Vettel despite a damaged front tyre are definite highlights.

Mercedes F1 drivers

'Pressure on Mercedes to back Hamilton'

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In the wake of Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes are facing a decision they hoped they would never have to make.

The manner of Vettel's win, the second in three races so far this season for the Ferrari man, could force them into picking a number one driver, and asking the other to play back-up to his title bid.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel

'A classic F1 season in the making'

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Two races down, a win and a second place apiece for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, and the prospect of the most exciting championship fight for many years. Formula 1 has been waiting for this for a long time - arguably too long.

The last three years of Mercedes domination led to existential questions about the state of the sport, and at least in part to the decision to change the rules to produce faster, more demanding cars this year.

Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda during the Australia GP

What next for McLaren-Honda?

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Not for the first time time, McLaren-Honda had reason to be grateful to Fernando Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix.

Until a late-race car problem forced him to retire, the Spaniard was on course to secure an unlikely point for a team that, even some insiders will admit privately, is in crisis at the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is mobbed by his team after winning the Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari are back & F1 is authentic again

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Sebastian Vettel was doing his best to play it down but the message from his victory in the Australian Grand Prix was clear - Ferrari are back and the Formula 1 fans can look forward to a close battle between them and Mercedes for the world title this year.

Vettel had talked about Mercedes having "no weak link", adding that "they will be the ones to beat". But make no mistake, this was an emphatic victory and Mercedes are well aware that. After three years of almost total domination, they finally have a fight on their hands.

Ferrari logo, Hamilton & Bottas, Chase Carey, Ricciardo & Verstappen & McLaren Honda car

What to look out for in 2017

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It is all change in Formula 1 in 2017.

The cars are different - faster, better-looking and much more demanding. There are new driver line-ups - and new drivers. The sport has new owners, with big plans for the future. And it looks like Mercedes might not find things as easy as they have in recent years.

McLaren's new car

F1 is sexy again, but will it be better?

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The crisis is over. At least that is how it seems on the eve of arguably the most important Formula 1 season for a long time.

After three years in which the sport agonised over declining television audiences, a lack of competition on the track, uninspiring cars and an apparently large number of disgruntled fans, F1 seems to be back on track.

Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso

Which teams came out on top in testing?

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Want a headline from two weeks of Formula 1 pre-season testing? Here it is: Ferrari look like genuine challengers to world champions Mercedes. They might even be faster.

Two weeks before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, that is the inescapable conclusion from the best evidence after eight days of testing at Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.


'The fastest I have ever been in F1'

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The Formula 1 teams are halfway through their pre-season programmes following this week's test in Spain and it is just becoming possible to view shapes of the year to come.

The 2017 season heralds a revolutionary change to the cars, following rule changes aimed at making them deliberately faster for the first time in decades.