Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

All the latest news, analysis and exclusives from the world of Formula 1

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.

'Drivers' lives are on the line'

Read full article on Sebastian Vettel not alone in F1 Pirelli concern

Sebastian Vettel is a sunny sort of guy for whom a joke and a smile is never very far away. He does not get angry in public very often so when he does you can be sure there is a good reason.

Very rarely has the four-time champion been as transparently furious as he was after the Belgian Grand Prix.

Who's top of the Formula 1 charts?

Read full article on F1 mid-season report: From Mercedes to McLaren & Manor

Formula 1 heads into its mid-season break after two thrilling races at Silverstone and in Hungary.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are leading the drivers' and constructors' championships comfortably but both have shown vulnerability and the second half of the season promises much.

Button not guaranteed 2016 seat

Read full article on Jenson Button has no guarantees over 2016 McLaren seat

Let's get one thing clear: Jenson Button is not guaranteed a seat at McLaren in 2016.

McLaren chairman Ron Dennis said in a television interview at the British Grand Prix: "Jenson Button has a two-year contract with McLaren. We are not even thinking about drivers at the moment."

Racing and rain - F1 needed this

Read full article on British Grand Prix a win-win for Lewis Hamilton & Formula 1

All season the talk has been of Formula 1 being faced with some sort of existential crisis, but the sport put on its best face for a thrill-a-minute British Grand Prix in front of the biggest Silverstone crowd for more than 20 years.

Lewis Hamilton's superb victory, the climax of an afternoon of action and drama enlivened by a late downpour, showcased all that is good about F1, and 140,000 fans were treated to what was undoubtedly the race of the year so far.

Can Raikkonen save his F1 career?

Read full article on Has Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari future already been decided?

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is under increasing pressure as he heads to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

The race tracks of Britain are where 15 years ago the Finn cut his motor racing teeth and earned his chance in Formula 1. Now, he comes to the country needing to make an impression for a very different reason - his job is on the line.

The F1 2015 title race is finally on

Read full article on Austrian GP: Nico Rosberg throws hat in the Ring for F1 title

"Why don't you drive every race like this?" former grand prix driver Gerhard Berger asked Nico Rosberg on the podium in Austria on Sunday after arguably the most impressive win of the German's Formula 1 career.

With that one cheeky question, Berger got right to the nub of what has so far made the difference between Rosberg being a very, very good Formula 1 driver and a great one.

Have F1 drivers ever raced flat out?

Read full article on Formula 1: Have drivers ever raced flat out?

What is racing? In the simplest terms, it is a contest between competitors to see who reaches the finish first.

By definition, any Formula 1 grand prix fits that description. And yet the events of the last race in Canada, with drivers constantly advised over the radio by their teams to save fuel or brakes or tyres, have re-ignited a storm of debate about the state of the sport.

Do McLaren look like amateurs?

Read full article on Canadian GP: Do McLaren really look like 'amateurs'

Fernando Alonso summed up in a radio message that lasted just a couple of seconds the full extent of a desperately difficult Canadian Grand Prix weekend for McLaren and their engine partner Honda.

The response from the double world champion, who earns £26m ($40m) a year, to a demand to save fuel while battling to hold on to 16th place against novice drivers from teams with a fraction of McLaren-Honda's budget, will doubtless be interpreted as a fit of frustration.

Why F1 is so difficult to manage

Read full article on The truth behind why Formula 1 is so difficult to manage

Formula 1 is changing. The sport's bosses are in the process of creating new rules aimed at ensuring the cars that race in 2017 will be the fastest ever.

The motivation for this has been concerns that F1 is losing its appeal, a belief created by falling television figures last year in some important markets, such as Germany and Italy.