Andrew Benson

Chief Formula 1 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's McLaren-Honda during the Australia GP

What next for McLaren-Honda?

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Not for the first time time, McLaren-Honda had reason to be grateful to Fernando Alonso at the Australian Grand Prix.

Until a late-race car problem forced him to retire, the Spaniard was on course to secure an unlikely point for a team that, even some insiders will admit privately, is in crisis at the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel is mobbed by his team after winning the Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari are back & F1 is authentic again

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Sebastian Vettel was doing his best to play it down but the message from his victory in the Australian Grand Prix was clear - Ferrari are back and the Formula 1 fans can look forward to a close battle between them and Mercedes for the world title this year.

Vettel had talked about Mercedes having "no weak link", adding that "they will be the ones to beat". But make no mistake, this was an emphatic victory and Mercedes are well aware that. After three years of almost total domination, they finally have a fight on their hands.

Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

What to look out for in 2017

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It is all change in Formula 1 in 2017.

The cars are different - faster, better-looking and much more demanding. There are new driver line-ups - and new drivers. The sport has new owners, with big plans for the future. And it looks like Mercedes might not find things as easy as they have in recent years.

McLaren's new car

F1 is sexy again, but will it be better?

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The crisis is over. At least that is how it seems on the eve of arguably the most important Formula 1 season for a long time.

After three years in which the sport agonised over declining television audiences, a lack of competition on the track, uninspiring cars and an apparently large number of disgruntled fans, F1 seems to be back on track.

Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso

Which teams came out on top in testing?

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Want a headline from two weeks of Formula 1 pre-season testing? Here it is: Ferrari look like genuine challengers to world champions Mercedes. They might even be faster.

Two weeks before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, that is the inescapable conclusion from the best evidence after eight days of testing at Spain's Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

McLaren

'The fastest I have ever been in F1'

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The Formula 1 teams are halfway through their pre-season programmes following this week's test in Spain and it is just becoming possible to view shapes of the year to come.

The 2017 season heralds a revolutionary change to the cars, following rule changes aimed at making them deliberately faster for the first time in decades.

Red Bull's aeroscreen

Will cockpit protection be ready?

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Formula 1 is pursuing two new versions of driver head protection as moves continue to introduce a system in time for the 2018 season.

One device - the controversial 'halo' - had been on schedule for this year but its introduction was delayed last summer following claims it needed more research.

Bernie Ecclestone

'Titanic F1 leader was loved & loathed'

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Bernie Ecclestone stands a little under 5ft 3in tall but for 40 years has wielded a giant influence in Formula 1 with canniness, wit and not a little menace.

At times, Ecclestone has had close to absolute power. So the end of his reign following the takeover of the sport by US giant Liberty Media represents a seismic change.