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.

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Racing and rain - F1 needed this

Read full article on British Grand Prix a win-win for Lewis Hamilton & Formula 1

All season the talk has been of Formula 1 being faced with some sort of existential crisis, but the sport put on its best face for a thrill-a-minute British Grand Prix in front of the biggest Silverstone crowd for more than 20 years.

Lewis Hamilton's superb victory, the climax of an afternoon of action and drama enlivened by a late downpour, showcased all that is good about F1, and 140,000 fans were treated to what was undoubtedly the race of the year so far.

Can Raikkonen save his F1 career?

Read full article on Has Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari future already been decided?

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is under increasing pressure as he heads to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

The race tracks of Britain are where 15 years ago the Finn cut his motor racing teeth and earned his chance in Formula 1. Now, he comes to the country needing to make an impression for a very different reason - his job is on the line.

The F1 2015 title race is finally on

Read full article on Austrian GP: Nico Rosberg throws hat in the Ring for F1 title

"Why don't you drive every race like this?" former grand prix driver Gerhard Berger asked Nico Rosberg on the podium in Austria on Sunday after arguably the most impressive win of the German's Formula 1 career.

With that one cheeky question, Berger got right to the nub of what has so far made the difference between Rosberg being a very, very good Formula 1 driver and a great one.

Have F1 drivers ever raced flat out?

Read full article on Formula 1: Have drivers ever raced flat out?

What is racing? In the simplest terms, it is a contest between competitors to see who reaches the finish first.

By definition, any Formula 1 grand prix fits that description. And yet the events of the last race in Canada, with drivers constantly advised over the radio by their teams to save fuel or brakes or tyres, have re-ignited a storm of debate about the state of the sport.

Do McLaren look like amateurs?

Read full article on Canadian GP: Do McLaren really look like 'amateurs'

Fernando Alonso summed up in a radio message that lasted just a couple of seconds the full extent of a desperately difficult Canadian Grand Prix weekend for McLaren and their engine partner Honda.

The response from the double world champion, who earns £26m ($40m) a year, to a demand to save fuel while battling to hold on to 16th place against novice drivers from teams with a fraction of McLaren-Honda's budget, will doubtless be interpreted as a fit of frustration.

Why F1 is so difficult to manage

Read full article on The truth behind why Formula 1 is so difficult to manage

Formula 1 is changing. The sport's bosses are in the process of creating new rules aimed at ensuring the cars that race in 2017 will be the fastest ever.

The motivation for this has been concerns that F1 is losing its appeal, a belief created by falling television figures last year in some important markets, such as Germany and Italy.

'From dominance to desolation'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton: It's not how you fall, it's how you get up

The Monaco Grand Prix appeared to be surrendering to Lewis Hamilton from the moment he took to the track for Thursday morning practice.

The world champion was oozing intent from every fibre of his being, from the pre-event media day on Wednesday right through until lap 64 of the race. And then it all went wrong, in the most agonising of fashions.

'F1 very different with changes'

Read full article on F1 rule changes: What do they mean for the future of the sport?

The raft of potential changes to the Formula 1 rules announced on Friday amounts to a recognition that something needed to be done to answer the ever-louder questions about the health of the sport.

There have been grumblings about whether F1 was providing enough of a spectacle for some time, but they have grown in momentum in recent weeks.

McLaren not good enough - Boullier

Read full article on McLaren are not good enough - Eric Boullier

Struggling McLaren are this season targeting a repeat of their fifth-place championship finish from last year, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren, in their first year with new engine partner Honda, are ninth in the table with no points after five races.

Rosberg gives F1 just what it needed

Read full article on Nico Rosberg's revival stops Lewis Hamilton disappearing out of sight

The Spanish Grand Prix was the race Nico Rosberg - and the title battle - needed.

Not in terms of entertainment, perhaps, because there was not a great deal of that at the front of the field. But in the sense that Rosberg halted Lewis Hamilton's runaway momentum and turned what was in danger of becoming a walkover into at least the semblance of a contest.