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.

Stirling Moss in 1955

'Moss - the man who personified motorsport'

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Sir Stirling Moss, who has died aged 90, personified motorsport to at least two generations of his countrymen after establishing himself as the greatest racing driver of his era in a short but stellar career.

Moss raced in Formula 1 in the sport's romantic age of the 1950s and early 1960s, winning 16 grands prix. Yet despite his rivals at the time acknowledging he was the best, he never won the World Championship.

Valtteri Bottas

Ominous Mercedes lay down marker in F1 testing

Read full article on Formula 1 testing: Mercedes in form; Ferrari in trouble?

The Formula 1 teams are half way through their pre-season testing programmes and world champions Mercedes could hardly have had a more impressive start to 2020.

That's not to say they will necessarily start the season in their familiar position at the front of the field, but they have certainly underlined their status as favourites.

Lewis Hamilton

F1 2019: a compelling mix of racing & rivalry

Read full article on F1 2019 highs & lows: Lewis Hamilton dominates - but what was best fight, best race, best lap?

Lewis Hamilton ended 2019 with a dominant victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a fitting end to possibly the most impressive season of his career.

The Mercedes driver has won 11 races - just over half - and has had a lock on his sixth championship since the early summer. But the predictability of Hamilton's confirmation as king of F1 yet again was a stark contrast from the often vivid and compelling on-track action of the individual races.

Sebastian Vettel

The most combustible driver pairing in F1

Read full article on Brazilian Grand Prix: Ferrari's 'silly' problem is a rather large one

It took 20 races, but finally the inevitable happened at Ferrari at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Their drivers Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel collided, taking both out of the race and leaving the team with a rather large problem on their hands.

"Silly" was the word team boss Mattia Binotto used to describe the incident. In his cool, detached way, he deflected a series of opportunities to lay the blame, and said he would reconvene with Vettel and Leclerc at the factory in Maranello this week to analyse what happened, come to some form of judgement and decide on next steps.

Lewis Hamilton holds up six fingers after winning his sixth driver's title

Inside Hamilton's 'most impressive season'

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After clinching his sixth world title, Lewis Hamilton talked in abstract rather than concrete terms about the scale of his achievement.

"I am working on a masterpiece," he said, "and I haven't quite finished it yet. I am trying to understand. It takes a long time to master a craft and while I feel like I am mastering it, there is still more to master, still more to add to it, still more pieces of the puzzle to add.


How 'battered & bruised' Hamilton massaged his way to victory

Read full article on How Lewis Hamilton went from fifth to victory in Mexico

Lewis Hamilton made this one look easy, much as he has been doing all year, but the victory in the Mexican Grand Prix that took him to the brink of a sixth world title was nothing of the sort.

It was the Mercedes driver's 10th win in 18 races in 2019, but this season has surrendered to Hamilton because of the consistent excellence of the 34-year-old Briton and his team, which was again on display on Sunday.

Mercedes celebrate a sixth world championship

Mercedes' 'permanent scepticism' gains them 'greatest' label

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Mercedes set a new standard in Formula 1 at the Japanese Grand Prix as they secured a record-breaking sixth world championship double - and yet there was their team boss Toto Wolff after the race talking about not being able to appreciate it yet because they had been beaten by Ferrari in qualifying earlier in the day.

"We are somehow so eager to go well," Wolff said, "that this non-performance sits in our bones. But probably it is going to sink in overnight flying back to Europe."