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.

Charles Leclerc

'For Leclerc, success comes with a darker side'

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Charles Leclerc demonstrated on Sunday - on the way to his long overdue maiden Formula 1 victory - the strength of character and psychological toughness that is an indispensable part of the make-up of a grand prix driver.

The 21-year-old took a win - at the Belgian Grand Prix under intense pressure from Lewis Hamilton - that should have come many months before against the backdrop of the death of a man he has known and raced against for much of his young life.

verstappen and hamilton

'Hamilton v Verstappen lives up to billing'

Read full article on Hungarian Grand Prix: How Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen lived up to billing

Formula 1 has been waiting for a full-on battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen for years now. The Hungarian Grand Prix finally delivered it, and what a treat it was.

Verstappen in a slower Red Bull holding off Hamilton in a faster Mercedes, their teams fighting a strategic battle as much as the drivers were scrapping on track - it produced a race that not only thrilled in the moment, but whet the appetite for what might be to come when F1 resumes after the four-week summer break in Belgium on 1 September.

Lewis Hamilton

Unwell Hamilton is 'only human'

Read full article on 'Lewis Hamilton's worst performance for years - and he still edges closer to the title'

It says something about the apparent inevitability of Lewis Hamilton winning his sixth world title this season that, after his worst performance for years, the Mercedes driver left the German Grand Prix with his championship lead actually slightly bigger than it was when he arrived.

And yet events throughout a remarkable race at Hockenheim on Sunday also underlined that nothing can ever be taken for granted in Formula 1.

Red Bull's F1 driver Max Verstappen

'Red Bull developing so fast the engine cannot cope'

Read full article on Red Bull & Max Verstappen: Christian Horner says car's potential has been unlocked

Red Bull have made so much progress with their car in such a short space of time that its cornering abilities at the British Grand Prix overwhelmed the programming of Honda's engine.

In qualifying at Silverstone, Max Verstappen mashed the throttle so hard and fast, thanks to the confidence created by the grip from the car's revised aerodynamics, that the engine electronics could not cope.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton makes history but the future talent deliver the racing

Read full article on British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton will remember win until his 'dying day'

On a day of monumental sporting events, when the British Grand Prix was always going to struggle for attention against the competing attractions of Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup, Formula 1's leading drivers delivered entertainment every bit as vivid and compelling as that at Lord's or the All England Club.

Lewis Hamilton took a record sixth British Grand Prix victory, with a drive that included a brief but nail-biting scrap with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and then a masterful strategic decision made by Hamilton that won him the race.

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen

Hard racing or unfair? Verstappen highlights F1's dilemma

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For a sport that some have labelled as boring, there sure have been a lot of incidents, controversies and, yes, even some great racing in the first nine races of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

The Austrian Grand Prix provided the latest - a truly superb drive by Red Bull's Max Verstappen culminating in a controversial passing move for the lead on Ferrari's Charles Leclerc with two laps to go.


Hamilton 'going to get stronger from here'

Read full article on Lewis Hamilton 'going to get stronger' after French Grand Prix win

"I know people might not want to hear it," Lewis Hamilton said after utterly dominating the French Grand Prix, to take his sixth victory in eight races this season, "but it is going to get stronger from here".

To some, that might sound a little boastful, but the thing is that there is no reason not to believe him.

Sebastian Vettel

'A massive if understandable sulk'

Read full article on Canadian GP: Sebastian Vettel's massive if understandable sulk

If Formula 1 needed a drama to liven up a season that has so far been dominated by Mercedes, it certainly got it at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth victory in seven races this year, and Mercedes' winning streak continued - but only after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who won on the road, was handed a five-second penalty for dangerous driving.