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.

Could McLaren struggle for years?

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When Jenson Button said that finishing the Australian Grand Prix was "a massive step forward" for McLaren-Honda, it was effectively an admission of just how far his beleaguered team have to go before they can achieve their targets.

Back in December, McLaren chairman Ron Dennis talked about wanting to repeat the success of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the team won the drivers' and constructors' titles for four successive years from 1988.

Untouchable Hamilton hides cracks

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From the moment he took to the track on Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton never looked like being beaten at the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of a new Formula 1 season.

The first day of practice on Friday had not been that great for Hamilton. The set-up he had decided on for Melbourne did not work, and it could only be changed overnight.

Sauber & Alonso dominate F1 agenda

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The satisfying and comfortable familiarity of arriving at Melbourne's Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix was accompanied this year by a strange sense of dislocation. A feeling that, for once, the focus was elsewhere.

The usual start-of-term chat about title contenders and F1 politics were forced into the background by events in a Melbourne courtroom and the glaring absence of one of the sport's biggest stars.

Hamilton v Rosberg rivalry part II

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton has the speed but Nico Rosberg has the stability

The forthcoming duel between Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be one fought with gloves off, with no quarter asked and none given, beyond the orders of their team not to crash into each other.

Last year provided plenty of proof of that. Just look at the on-the-edge racing in Bahrain, Rosberg's questionable trip up the escape road in Monaco qualifying, and the collision between the two in Belgium, to pick but three examples.

Rivalries can make F1 2015 thrilling

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Formula 1 is about to emerge from its shortest winter break for nearly 40 years, so it should be no surprise that, at a cursory glance, little may appear to have changed when the season starts in magnificent Melbourne next weekend.

If the teams have accurately interpreted the lessons of pre-season testing, we already kind of know what to expect.

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.