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.

Why 2016 could be Mercedes' undoing

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The excesses of Christmas and New Year may still be fresh in the mind, but the new Formula 1 season is closer than you might think.

It is just 76 days until the lights go out in Melbourne's Albert Park for the start of the Australian Grand Prix and behind the scenes in factories across Europe the 22 cars from 11 teams that will contest the season are already coming together.

'Where has Hamilton's form gone?'

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It has, in all honesty, not been the greatest of Formula 1 seasons. Lewis Hamilton wrapped up the title too easily for that; there was too little jeopardy.

As Red Bull team boss Christian Horner put it at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi: "The action in the paddock has been more exciting than that on the track."

The toughest job in Formula 1?

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Who would be Formula 1's tyre supplier? It's a thankless task, especially in this era of control tyres by a single company.

When Pirelli entered F1 in 2011, the idea was to make tyres a subject of positive discussion again, change the fact that they were generally only mentioned when there was a problem.

Has Rosberg found Hamilton's secret?

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Five pole positions in a row. Two consecutive wins. How different this world championship might have been if Nico Rosberg had found this form at the beginning of the season rather than the end.

For the first two-thirds of this season, it was the German scrabbling around for answers to explain his team-mate's superiority.

'Tyre call may haunt Mercedes'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's pit call stand-off in Mexico could haunt Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton's argument with his Mercedes team during the Mexican Grand Prix made it clear that claiming a third world title has changed nothing in his motivation and determination to continue winning.

Clinching the championship in Austin, Texas, a week ago meant Hamilton achieved a lifetime's ambition in matching the achievements of his childhood hero Ayrton Senna.

'Hamilton has achieved greatness'

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Lewis Hamilton's consistent excellence in 2015 has largely deprived the season of the tension and excitement that brings Formula 1 championships alive. So it was ironic that it was all there and more in the race in which he finally clinched his third world title.

The podium in Austin, Texas, had a very familiar feel, with Hamilton on the top step flanked by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but what led to it was the best grand prix of the season.

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.