Andrew Benson

Chief Formula 1 writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief Formula 1 writer

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.

Red Bull's aeroscreen

Will cockpit protection be ready?

Read full article on Formula 1 is pursuing two new versions of driver head protection

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.

F1 cars battle on track in Bahrain

F1's focus on raw speed over refinement

Read full article on 2017 season: F1 looks back for its future with faster, wider cars

Formula 1 will look very different when it emerges from its winter hibernation in 2017 - and not just because for the first time in 23 years the reigning world champion will not be racing.

Nico Rosberg's decision to retire after winning his first world title not only left Mercedes with an awkward hole to fill alongside Lewis Hamilton, it means the German will not get the chance to drive new cars that are aimed at reinvigorating the sport.

lewis hamilton celebrates

Wanted: Lewis Hamilton's team-mate

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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff admits that Nico Rosberg's decision to retire took him completely by surprise - but it is only the start of his problems.

Now, he has to find a replacement for the German as team-mate to Lewis Hamilton. And at this late stage of the year, it will be no easy task.

nico rosberg

'A classy move from a classy man'

Read full article on Nico Rosberg retires: 'A classy move from a classy man'

Nico Rosberg's decision to announce his retirement from Formula 1 just five days after clinching his first world title is a major shock - but perhaps it should not be.

The German put everything into this season, as he explained in his statement on Friday. The pressure of those last few races was plain to see in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, in the way it peeled off him by degrees in the hours after the race.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

'Rosberg will never be Hamilton's equal'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's actions in defeat as big a story as Nico Rosberg's triumph

Lewis Hamilton was never going to go down without a fight in his world title duel with Nico Rosberg.

He had two choices going into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: drive off into the distance and emphasise a point about being the fastest driver in the world, who had only lost the title because of an uneven spread of reliability problems at Mercedes; or try to engineer the result.