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Blog Profile / Andrew Benson


URL :http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/andrewbenson/
Filed Under:Motorsport / Formula One
Posts on Regator:43
Posts / Week:0.3
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Raikkonen in rude health

Kimi Raikkonen already had a bottle of beer in his hand by the time he joined his Lotus team for the now-traditional group photo following a grand prix victory. Knowing Raikkonen's reputation, it will almost certainly not have been the...Show More Summary

Time running out for Alonso in his fight against Red Bull's perfect harmony

As Sebastian Vettel headed down the pit lane after winning the Indian Grand Prix, team-mate Mark Webber's Red Bull behind gave him a couple of little nudges as they headed to their correct parking places. "I switched off the car," Vettel said. Show More Summary

Vettel takes over at the top

As Sebastian Vettel put down his winner’s trophy after holding it up in celebration on the Korean Grand Prix podium, Fernando Alonso tapped him on the back and reached out to shake his hand. It was a symbolic reflection of the championship...Show More Summary

Warrior Alonso bides his time

Almost Fernando Alonso's first act after what must have been the huge blow of seeing Sebastian Vettel slash his world championship lead to just four points at the Japanese Grand Prix, was to quote that country's great swordfighter and...Show More Summary

Never forget how great Michael Schumacher was

Michael Schumacher was given a round of applause by the assembled media after he finished the prepared statement with which he announced his second retirement from Formula 1 at the Japanese Grand Prix on Thursday. It was a mark of the...Show More Summary

Hamilton looks for long-term success at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes is the biggest development in the Formula 1 driver market for three years. Ahead of the 2010 season, Fernando Alonso moved to Ferrari, world champion Jenson Button switched from world champions Brawn...Show More Summary

Hamilton saga nearing endgame

Only Lewis Hamilton truly knows where he wants to drive next season - and perhaps not even he does just yet. But the signs are that the saga that has been occupying Formula 1 for months is nearing its endgame. Hamilton has two competing...Show More Summary

Singapore swing hands Vettel the initiative

Lewis Hamilton cut a remarkably phlegmatic figure after the Singapore Grand Prix, considering his retirement from what seemed a victory for the taking left his championship hopes in tatters. The McLaren driver said all the right things...Show More Summary

Hamilton's tough decision

Since BBC Sport chief analyst Eddie Jordan reported on this website last week that Lewis Hamilton was on the verge of switching to Mercedes from McLaren next year, Formula 1 has been awash with speculation about the 2008 world champion's...Show More Summary

Hamilton glory cannot hide the hurt

Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Italian Grand Prix was his second in three races and McLaren’s third in a row, confirming their position as the form team in Formula 1. They have won nearly twice as many races as any other team this season – their five compare with the three of Ferrari and Red Bull. Show More Summary

Lewis Hamilton move would not be a huge surprise

If Lewis Hamilton does move to Mercedes from McLaren for next season, as Eddie Jordan believes he will, it would be a massive shock but not a huge surprise. There has appeared no urgency from either Hamilton or McLaren to sort out aShow More Summary

Smooth Button masters F1's greatest test

At Spa-Francorchamps At the circuit widely regarded as the greatest test of a racing driver in the world, Jenson Button took a victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday that was probably the most dominant this season. Red Bull's Sebastian...Show More Summary

Cool, canny Alonso seems to have all the answers

The remarkable story of Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's incredible season continued at the German Grand Prix as the Spaniard became the first man to win three races in 2012 and moved into a formidable-looking lead in the world championship. Those three victories have all been very different, but equally impressive. Show More Summary

Not bad for the number two driver

There was a moment of levity in the news conference after the British Grand Prix when race-winner Mark Webber was asked if he would continue to fight for the championship or back off and support Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The journalist in question clearly does not know Webber very well. Show More Summary

All great drivers need luck, but Alonso makes his own

It's not often Fernando Alonso is overcome with emotion, but he only just managed to hold it together as he stood on the podium after a quite stunning victory in the European Grand Prix. His voice had already cracked as he giggled his...Show More Summary

Hamilton's new 'headspace' wins admirers... and races

Lewis Hamilton was almost overcome with emotion after winning the Canadian Grand Prix and taking his first victory of the season at the seventh time of asking. Which is ironic, because one of the most impressive aspects of his performance...Show More Summary

Speculation starts early over Hamilton's future

Lewis Hamilton's future was the subject of fevered discussion at the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend as the driver market 'silly season' began in earnest. Hamilton is out of contract with McLaren at the end of this season and, at 27,Show More Summary

All good for revitalised Webber

"All good, mate," is probably Mark Webber's favourite phrase. It's a fair bit more loaded with meaning than it sounds, and it sums up the way he will be feeling after the Monaco Grand Prix. The Australian's second win in three yearsShow More Summary

Millionaire man Maldonado answers critics

At the Circuit de Catalunya The smile on Pastor Maldonado's face dropped in the immediate aftermath of the frightening fire that broke out in the Williams garage after the Spanish Grand Prix, but it soon came back again once he was told nobody had been seriously hurt. Show More Summary

The right race in the wrong place?

Sebastian Vettel gave this already fascinating Formula 1 world championship another huge twist at the Bahrain Grand Prix with his first victory of the season. What looked for a while like it might turn into a carbon-copy of so many of...Show More Summary

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