Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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About Andrew

I am BBC Sport's chief F1 writer. I have been... Read more about Andrew Benson covering Formula 1 for 19 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 revels in F1's rude health

6 April 2014

The day started with Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo saying the new Formula 1 had reduced its participants to "taxi drivers", and the sport's impresario Bernie Ecclestone saying its audience found it "unacceptable".

It ended with egg on the face of two of the sport's most powerful men, as Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and the rest of the field produced a Bahrain Grand Prix that will go down as one of the most thrilling races in history.

Read full article, Lewis Hamilton's great drive in Bahrain could silence F1's critics

'Quiet' engine debate rumbles on

20 March 2014

Bernie Ecclestone says he was "horrified" by the noise produced by the new Formula 1 engines, or to be more precise the lack of it. They don't, he says, "sound like racing cars".

F1's 83-year-old impresario was not in Australia for the opening grand prix of the season last weekend. Had he been, he might have heard Lewis Hamilton talk about the "serious challenge" of driving the new generation of cars. Or he could have gone trackside and seen and heard them for himself.

Read full article, Formula 1's new 'too quiet' engines are least of Ecclestone's worries

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