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.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

The difference between good and great

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As Lewis Hamilton came up to complete the final lap of his Monaco Grand Prix victory on Sunday, team-mate Nico Rosberg's Mercedes was within sight, a lap behind.

The circumstances that led to this crushing advantage were not completely to do with Hamilton's superiority, but as an illustration of the gulf between the two title rivals on this day, it was as good as any.

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Hamilton & Rosberg: A rivalry reignited

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In a cloud of dust, a touch of wheels and two broken Formula 1 cars, the pressure that had been building inside Mercedes through the first four races of the season was released.

A confluence of unfortunate circumstances led to a conjoining of the two silver F1 cars, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ended up in the gravel at Turn Four on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix, each nursing their own resentment, even if they tried to hide it afterwards.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

'The odds stack up against Hamilton'

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"My concern is not about beating Nico; I don't have a problem with that," Lewis Hamilton said on Sunday evening, at once revealing the innate sense of superiority he feels about his team-mate Rosberg, and diminishing - inadvertently or otherwise - the merit of the German's victory in the Russian Grand Prix.

Except, right now, Hamilton does have a problem with that. Both in the micro sense, in that he keeps hitting snags that prevent him challenging Rosberg in races. And in the macro, in that Hamilton now faces a gargantuan task in overhauling the deficit he faces in the championship.

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How Red Bull could blow title race open

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Lewis Hamilton's defence of his Formula 1 title could be about to get a whole lot harder courtesy of a surprise interloper - Red Bull.

The world champion already has a fight on his hands following his troubled start to the season, which has left him 36 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after just three races.

Lewis Hamilton

'It's a good job Hamilton likes a battle'

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Lewis Hamilton spent much of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend saying how much he liked a fight. Well, he is certainly in one now.

Three races into the 2016 Formula 1 season, the British world champion is staring at a 36-point deficit to Nico Rosberg in the championship, after finishing seventh in Shanghai while his Mercedes team-mate continued his clean sweep of the races so far.

Mercedes F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

'The battle we all wanted is brewing'

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This Formula 1 season is revealing its secrets slowly - but there is enough evidence after the first two races that a tight battle is brewing for the world championship.

Nico Rosberg is in a strong position after wins in both of the first two grands prix in Australia and Bahrain, thanks to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton managing to convert both his pole positions into bad getaways that extinguished his victory hopes within seconds of the start of each race.

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Would the halo have trapped Alonso?

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The ease with which drivers can get out of an upturned car will be investigated before finalising the introduction of head protection next year.

Crashes similar to those suffered by Fernando Alonso in Australia on Sunday will be part of a risk assessment into the 'halo' device, planned for 2017.

Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel

Analysis: 'Ferrari messed it up'

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The silver Mercedes train marches on, but the first grand prix of the 2016 Formula 1 season will be remembered as one that Ferrari threw away.

The podium in Melbourne had a very familiar feel - a Mercedes one-two, with Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton home after the world champion made a poor start, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third - but it was a race Ferrari let slip through their fingers.