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.

Fernando Alonso

Alonso crash: The unanswered questions

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The crash that has forced Fernando Alonso to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has still not been fully explained, and that void of knowledge has been filled ever since by a number of theories of various degrees of credibility.

McLaren initially described it as a "normal testing accident", but it very quickly became apparent that it was anything but.

Alonso crash adds to McLaren's problems

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Just when McLaren probably thought their preparations for the new Formula 1 championship could not get any worse, they did. A lot.

The crash suffered by Fernando Alonso shortly before lunch on the final day of the second pre-season test not only resulted in the two-time world champion being taken to hospital, it put the team's struggles with their new Honda engine firmly into perspective.

What we learned at the first F1 test

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Are Ferrari about to bounce back to the front of Formula 1? That is what the headline lap times from the first pre-season test suggested. All, though, is unlikely to be as it seems.

Everyone looks at the list of fastest times of the day in testing. You can't help yourself. But they are essentially meaningless, as it is impossible to know the specification in which the cars were running - and there are so many variables, whether it be fuel load, tyres, engine mode or whatever.

Has Honda's F1 return soured already?

Read full article on Honda's F1 return seemingly soured with engine controversy

Honda are still two months away from the first race of their high-profile new partnership with McLaren but already the Japanese company is at the heart of a controversy in Formula 1.

A U-turn on an interpretation of a complex engine rule has led to the Japanese company questioning whether it is being treated fairly on its return to F1 after a six-year absence.

Hamilton's second title long overdue

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Perhaps Lewis Hamilton's greatest strength this year, a key to the second title that he won at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, was that he always believed he would do it.

Through all the difficult times - and there were plenty this year for Hamilton, despite the overwhelming superiority of the Mercedes car - faith was his crutch.

Who deserves to win the world title?

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On one level, the much-criticised decision to award double points at the final Formula 1 grand prix of the season has worked, in that the championship finale this weekend is much more open than it would otherwise have been.

Lewis Hamilton has a 17-point advantage over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

'Ruthless' Rosberg sets up F1 climax

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In any other Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton would have to finish only sixth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 23 November to clinch his second world title, even if Nico Rosberg won the race.

But the intensely controversial decision made last December, at Bernie Ecclestone's behest, to award double points at the final race of the season, means Hamilton now has to be second to his Mercedes team-mate in the same scenario.

Where does all the money go in F1?

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How can a sport that generates more than £1.1bn per year in revenues have teams at the back of the grid desperately struggling to make ends meet?

That is the question hanging over Formula 1 after both Marussia and Caterham went into administration, leaving the grid with only 18 cars - the lowest number for nine years.