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.

Max Verstappen

'He started to push me and punch me'

Read full article on Brazilian GP: Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon come to blows

There are two sides to every story, they say, and that was certainly true of the incident between Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon that decided the destiny of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was cruising to what would have been a superb second victory in a row when the two crashed on lap 44, forcing the Red Bull into a spin, and handing the lead and eventual victory back to Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton

Schumacher's all-time record is within reach

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton's fifth F1 title: Suddenly Schumacher's all-time record is within reach

Lewis Hamilton has been breathing rarefied air for a while now, but as he sealed his greatest achievement so far, a fifth Formula 1 world championship, the overwhelming thought was just how much further he could go.

The 33-year-old is the equal second most successful driver in history, in terms of titles, drawing level with the great Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio. Suddenly, Michael Schumacher's all-time record of seven, which for a while looked impregnable, is within reach.

Lewis Hamilton takes of his crash helmet

'Why did Hamilton fail to clinch the title?'

Read full article on United States Grand Prix: How Lewis Hamilton failed to clinch title in Austin

Five points. A seventh place. That is all Lewis Hamilton needs to clinch a fifth world title, and he has three races to do it.

Many expected it would be in the bag by now, and on Sunday morning at the United States Grand Prix it looked a good bet, with the Mercedes driver starting on pole and title rival Sebastian Vettel fifth, but needing to finish second if Hamilton won to keep the championship alive.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

'A gulf so big even Hamilton regrets it'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton: Japanese GP winner regrets gulf between Ferrari and Mercedes

What had been a toe-to-toe battle between two evenly matched foes has turned into a rout almost in the blink of an eye.

Six weeks ago, Ferrari had the fastest car and Sebastian Vettel dominated the Belgian Grand Prix. Yet in Japan on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton took his sixth victory in seven races and moved to the brink of a fifth world title.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

'A baddie today or an idiot tomorrow?'

Read full article on Russian GP: A baddie today or an idiot tomorrow? Which would you be?

"You need to weigh it up. Do I want to be the baddie on Sunday evening for many of the right reasons or the idiot in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season? I would rather be the baddie today and not the idiot at the end of the year."

That is how Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff justified his decision to impose team orders for Valtteri Bottas to hand victory in the Russian Grand Prix to team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium

'Hamilton's Senna moment is breaking rivals' resolve'

Read full article on 'Lewis Hamilton has a hold on the title - thanks to Ferrari'

Lewis Hamilton, through sheer force of his talent, has grabbed hold of this championship with a vice-like grip. But there is no escaping the fact that Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have helped him along the way.

Each race, Hamilton seems to find new ways to deal another hammer blow to Ferrari's hopes, and his rivals seem powerless to stop him. In fact, the pressure the world champion and his Mercedes team are applying seems to be slowly breaking their rivals' resolve.

Sebastian Vettel spins on the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix

'Are error-prone Ferrari throwing it away?'

Read full article on Italian GP: 'Lewis Hamilton was superb but Sebastian Vettel's errors are adding up'

Lewis Hamilton should not have won the Italian Grand Prix, but he did. And how important will that be when the final reckoning in this thrilling Formula 1 championship is made down the line?

Stealing victories from others when the odds are against you is a measure of all great drivers, and Hamilton again proved his standing in the pantheon with one of his best races.

Fernando Alonso

'An unbelievable talent - F1 will be poorer without Alonso'

Read full article on 'Fernando Alonso is an unbelievable talent - F1 will be a poorer place without him'

How to feel about Fernando Alonso's decision to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the year?

Sadness, of course, that one of the greatest racing drivers ever to grace the earth will no longer be racing at the highest level of the sport - and that his indomitable, fascinating character will be gone, and with it the most interesting news conferences in the paddock.

Force India

F1 power struggle over Force India's future

Read full article on Force India: F1 power struggle over team's future

The story of the collapse of Force India into administration and the search for a rescuer to take over the team just got a lot more complicated.

It's already difficult enough to find a buyer for a Formula 1 team, especially if - as in Force India's case - they have debts of many millions of pounds. But now it has become political.