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.

Vettel turns up the heat on Mercedes

Read full article on Sebastian Vettel's Malaysian GP win leaves F1 with healthy glow

Sebastian Vettel's first victory for Ferrari was exactly what Formula 1 needed, and it was as deserved as it was unexpected.

Exploiting rare vulnerability from world champions Mercedes, the German drove beautifully in a Ferrari that suffered far less in the crippling heat of Malaysia than did the world champions.

Could McLaren struggle for years?

Read full article on McLaren: could one of F1's top teams struggle for years?

When Jenson Button said that finishing the Australian Grand Prix was "a massive step forward" for McLaren-Honda, it was effectively an admission of just how far his beleaguered team have to go before they can achieve their targets.

Back in December, McLaren chairman Ron Dennis talked about wanting to repeat the success of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the team won the drivers' and constructors' titles for four successive years from 1988.

Untouchable Hamilton hides cracks

Read full article on Australian GP: Lewis Hamilton's natural ability hides F1 cracks

From the moment he took to the track on Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton never looked like being beaten at the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of a new Formula 1 season.

The first day of practice on Friday had not been that great for Hamilton. The set-up he had decided on for Melbourne did not work, and it could only be changed overnight.

Sauber & Alonso dominate F1 agenda

Read full article on Australian GP: Sauber and Alonso dominate Melbourne agenda

The satisfying and comfortable familiarity of arriving at Melbourne's Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix was accompanied this year by a strange sense of dislocation. A feeling that, for once, the focus was elsewhere.

The usual start-of-term chat about title contenders and F1 politics were forced into the background by events in a Melbourne courtroom and the glaring absence of one of the sport's biggest stars.

Hamilton v Rosberg rivalry part II

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton has the speed but Nico Rosberg has the stability

The forthcoming duel between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be one fought with gloves off, with no quarter asked and none given, beyond the orders of their team not to crash into each other.

Last year provided plenty of proof of that. Just look at the on-the-edge racing in Bahrain, Rosberg's questionable trip up the escape road in Monaco qualifying, and the collision between the two in Belgium, to pick but three examples.

Rivalries can make F1 2015 thrilling

Read full article on Hamilton and Rosberg's rivalry can make 2015 a classic season

Formula 1 is about to emerge from its shortest winter break for nearly 40 years, so it should be no surprise that, at a cursory glance, little may appear to have changed when the season starts in magnificent Melbourne next weekend.

If the teams have accurately interpreted the lessons of pre-season testing, we already kind of know what to expect.