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.

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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.

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto

'Can Ferrari catch Mercedes? Sooner or later, yes'

Read full article on Mattia Binotto: Ferrari team principal on Vettel v Leclerc and the battle to catch Mercedes

As he sits in his office at the Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto is the personification of calm. Which is something of an achievement in the circumstances.

Binotto has just watched his cars get trounced by Mercedes in qualifying around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Ferrari nearly a second off the pace despite design improvements the team hoped would allow them to compete for victory.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

'Could Mercedes be F1's very first invincibles?'

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Could Mercedes win every race of this Formula 1 season?

Toto Wolff, their Formula 1 boss, first laughed at the question after the team's fifth consecutive one-two in five races this year, and said: "Don't say that" - because he was worried about 'commentator's curse' - then said: "No."

Ayrton Senna

'A charisma so compelling it could silence a room'

Read full article on Ayrton Senna: Why, 25 years on, Brazilian's spirit & memory lives on as strong as ever

A year and eight days before the accident that cost him his life, on a warm and sunny spring morning, Ayrton Senna was surrounded by journalists in the paddock at Imola.

Five minutes or so after stepping out of his McLaren after first practice for the 1993 San Marino Grand Prix, the Brazilian was holding court, explaining his late arrival in Italy, just that morning, on an overnight flight from his home in Sao Paulo.

Hamilton and Bottas

'Are Ferrari making Mercedes look great?'

Read full article on Azerbaijan GP: 'Are Ferrari making Mercedes look better than they are?'

There are still 17 races to go in this Formula 1 season, but already it is hard to see how Ferrari can make a fight of the championship.

Mercedes have taken four one-two finishes at the start of a season for the first time in history, and while it is true that, as their team boss Toto Wolff says, those raw statistics "flatter" his team, Ferrari do not look in any real condition to seriously threaten them.

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.