Andrew Benson

Chief Formula 1 writer

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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.

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica

‘Did Kubica do enough to earn F1 return?’

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Williams appear to be in a bit of a pickle over their driver choice for the 2018 season.

The clear plan was for Robert Kubica to make a fairytale comeback seven years after the rally accident that left him with life-changing injuries and partner Canadian Lance Stroll, who is under contract.

Lewis Hamilton

'Sensing weakness like Federer, landing blows like Joshua'

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Lewis Hamilton is talking about his rivals, and sharing the sort of information Formula 1 drivers usually like to keep to themselves.

"We're the four strongest drivers," he says, referring to himself, McLaren's Fernando Alonso, Red Bull's Max Verstappen and his erstwhile title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. "I really hope we are all in the fight next year. It would be amazing."

Abu Dhabi podium

Why F1 has taken a big step forward

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ended the Formula 1 season with a whimper rather than a bang, and perhaps that was appropriate for a year that for a long time was building into a classic, only to fizzle out when it mattered.

Lewis Hamilton did not have quite enough to pass his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, on a track where racing has always been notoriously difficult, and had to settle for second behind the Finn, as the world champions sealed a result that was about as perfect for the team as it could have been.

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn

F1 can't leave engines as it is - Brawn

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Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn has defended plans to introduce a new, simpler, louder engine in 2021, saying: "We can't leave it as it is."

F1 car manufacturers have objected to the proposal made last month by the F1 Group and governing body the FIA.

Sebastian Vettel

'Victory only highlights what Ferrari could have won'

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Sebastian Vettel's victory in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix was not domination - the fight between the German's Ferrari and the Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was too close for that - but it was certainly a potent reminder of what might have been this season for the four-time champion.

Vettel led all but 13 of the 71 laps, and was only not in front on those because of Lewis Hamilton's off-set strategy as the Mercedes driver fought back through the field from his pit-lane start.

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

'All-time great Hamilton shines above numbers'

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The race that finally clinched it was a bit messy, through no fault of his own, but the season in which Lewis Hamilton won his fourth world title has underlined his status as one of Formula 1's all-time greats.

Hamilton's best is of a standard few have ever matched, and this year he produced his best perhaps more often than ever before.

hamilton

'All-time great Hamilton shines above numbers'

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The race that finally clinched it was a bit messy, through no fault of his own, but the season in which Lewis Hamilton won his fourth world title has underlined his status as one of Formula 1's all-time greats.

Hamilton's best is of a standard few have ever matched, and this year he produced his best perhaps more often than ever before.

Lewis Hamilton

'How Hamilton climbed to another level'

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Lewis Hamilton came out for his post-race news conference, following his debrief with his engineers after his dominant victory in the United States Grand Prix, holding a cigar.

"It's a victory cigar," he said, smiling. A pause. "It's disgusting."