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.

Sebastian Vettel walks past a poster of Charles Leclerc

'Points means prizes, team orders don't'

Read full article on Chinese Grand Prix: Have team orders caused more problems for Ferrari?

"Now what?" Charles Leclerc asked his team over the radio during the Chinese Grand Prix.

It was a very specific question addressing a very specific situation, but it also neatly sums up the awkward position Ferrari find themselves in after the third race in succession in which they have imposed team orders on their drivers.

Mick Schumacher testing the Ferrari F1 car

Schumacher completes circle with Ferrari test

Read full article on Mick Schumacher completes family circle with eagerly awaited Ferrari test drive

A story came full circle on Tuesday morning in Bahrain, when Mick Schumacher stepped into the cockpit of a Ferrari Formula 1 car 12 years and four months after his father Michael vacated one for the last time.

Two days of testing in Bahrain - one for Ferrari followed by one for the affiliated Alfa Romeo team - are the first steps in a plan aimed at establishing whether the son of the most successful grand prix driver in history has the talent to follow his father's footsteps into F1.

Valtteri Bottas

'Bottas has made things interesting'

Read full article on Valtteri Bottas' Australian GP win 'makes new F1 season interesting'

"I don't know what just happened," Valtteri Bottas said after winning the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with as dominant a drive as Formula 1 has seen for some time.

Lewis Hamilton said he had "some ideas" about why he was 20 seconds behind his team-mate on a picture-perfect sunny afternoon in Melbourne's Albert Park. But rare is the day when the five-time world champion is beaten as comprehensively as this, especially by someone in the same car.

A graphic that shows a Ferrari and Mercedes 2021 concept car

How F1 aims to be more exciting in 2021

Read full article on How Formula 1 is aiming to be 'more exciting and race-able' in 2021

Formula 1 is being reinvented - some might say revolutionised - and if it's a success, it will be closer, more competitive and more exciting.

Everyone involved in the sport has known for years that one of its biggest problems is that the cars cannot easily race closely together. Now, F1's bosses have set themselves the task of addressing this in time for a major reset of the many aspects of the sport in 2021, and they believe they are getting somewhere.

Mercedes

'Mercedes under pressure from easy-to-drive Ferrari'

Read full article on F1 testing: Mercedes under pressure from easy-to-drive Ferrari

The message coming out of the first Formula 1 pre-season test was as clear as it gets at this time of year - Ferrari are a step ahead of the field, and world champions Mercedes have some catching up to do.

The Ferrari was quick every time it went out, got down to fast times with apparent ease, looked comfortable to drive and responsive out on the track, and was reliable. Although things at Mercedes improved considerably on the final day, their times were not coming as easily or frequently.

charles leclerc and sebastian vettel

What if Leclerc's better than Vettel?

Read full article on Formula 1 in 2019: Lewis Hamilton's sixth title and will Leclerc be better than Vettel?

As the sun sets on 2018, and Lewis Hamilton's glorious march to a fifth world title fades into history, thoughts turn to the new Formula 1 season.

What can be expected of a year in which Hamilton is looking for more success, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel seek atonement, and a number of new names and faces - and one famous old one - look to make their mark?