Roberto Chinchero

Roberto Chinchero

Roberto Chinchero started his story in motorsport in a very natural way, living very close to Monza Circuit. The first journalistic collaborations was favored by the constant presence on the circuit, then thanks to weekly Autosprint I started to work outside Monza, following Formula 3, and many other categories. From GP2 Series, the swap into the Formula 1 paddock was a natural step, and from 2016 the main collaboration becomes the one with, combined with the presence on race weekends with SkySport F1 as opinionist.

Latest articles by Roberto Chinchero


Ocon: Only Hamilton has done a better job as Alonso’s F1 teammate

Esteban Ocon thinks it ‘strange’ that not everyone appreciates the speed and results he has shown in Formula 1 – especially considering he is up against Fernando Alonso.

F1’s new rules will eventually close up grid, says Domenicali

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has no doubts that new regulations will eventually serve to close up the grid, despite Red Bull’s dominance this year.

Monza ‘regret’ over poor fan experience prompts fresh questions over its F1 future

Italian Grand Prix chiefs have expressed their ‘regret’ at the frustrations Formula 1 fans endured at Monza last weekend, as fresh questions emerge about the future of the race.

F1 superlicence system credibility at stake over Herta call, says Domenicali

The credibility of Formula 1’s superlicence system is at stake over the FIA’s decision on Colton Herta, reckons F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

F1 reveals other manufacturers waiting as Porsche entry doubts grow

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has revealed that other manufacturers are waiting in the wings to join grand prix racing if Porsche’s plans do eventually fall through.

Leclerc set to start Belgian GP from back of grid after engine change

Charles Leclerc is set to start the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after Ferrari opted to take a new Formula 1 power unit for this weekend.

The reasons behind Ricciardo’s McLaren Formula 1 struggles

Daniel Ricciardo’s pending Formula 1 exit from McLaren is set to end two difficult years for the eight-time grand prix winner.

Alfa Romeo: Rival teams "played games" with FIA to raise F1 weight limit

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur believes rival Formula 1 teams "played games with the FIA" over raising the weight limit for the new 2022 cars.

F1 championship leader Leclerc robbed of $320,000 watch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc has escaped unharmed after being robbed of a $320,000 Richard Mille watch in Italy on Monday night.

Domenicali: Competitive F1 grid more important than new teams

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali thinks that ensuring the current grid is as competitive as possible is more important for the spectacle than bringing new teams in.

F1 plans talks with Netflix and drivers over DTS’s fake drama Bahrain GP
Video Inside

F1 plans talks with Netflix and drivers over DTS’s fake drama

Formula 1 plans talks with Netflix to ensure future Drive to Survive series don’t distort the truth too much and deter drivers from wanting to take part.

F1 ready to drop current races to make way for new grands prix

Stefano Domenicali has warned some current races will likely lose their Formula 1 calendar slots in favour of new venues, with even historic circuits told their places are not guaranteed.

Ferrari seeks further clarity over Mercedes F1 mirror concept

Ferrari wants the FIA to further clarify how far Formula 1 teams are allowed to push their mirrors designs, amid ongoing intrigue over the concept introduced by Mercedes.

Ferrari thinks 25bhp gap to Mercedes/Honda F1 engines has gone

Ferrari is optimistic it has slashed a 25bhp engine deficit to Formula 1 rivals Mercedes and Honda this winter, and thinks there is even a chance it could be ahead.

Bottas "secretly dreaming" of Alfa Romeo F1 podium

Valtteri Bottas has admitted consistently scoring points "would be a big achievement" for his Alfa Romeo F1 team but says he's secretly dreaming of a podium.

Bottas feels "big responsibility" to be Alfa Romeo F1 leader

Valtteri Bottas is relishing taking on the responsibility of being Alfa Romeo Formula 1's team leader after spending years in Lewis Hamilton's shadow at Mercedes.

How high-tech F1 has changed the race engineer role

A Formula 1 race engineer’s job used to be to collect the feedback from a driver and translate that into modifications on the car.

Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"
Video Inside

Vettel: Too many races could stop F1 being "special"

Formula 1 risks losing valuable staff as well as stopping grands prix being ‘special’ events if the calendar continues expanding, warns Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals
Video Inside

Vettel: F1 must ask itself if money comes over morals

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1 needs to join other sports in asking itself if the chase for increased revenue should come above any concerns over its moral compass.

"Useless" hybrid rules shows F1 needs better green push - Vettel
Video Inside

"Useless" hybrid rules shows F1 needs better green push - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has warned that Formula 1's planned green push over the next few years does not go far enough, as he labelled the current hybrid rules "useless".

Why F1's restricted 2022 rules won't make cars all look-alikes

While there are high hopes that Formula 1's new 2022 cars will deliver better racing, the bold rule changes have not won support from all fronts.

F1 eyes mandatory Friday running for young drivers

Formula 1 chiefs are planning talks with teams about new rules to make them run young drivers in Friday practice sessions in a bid to help bring on new talent.

Qatar closing on November slot for F1 2021 calendar
Video Inside

Qatar closing on November slot for F1 2021 calendar

Qatar looks increasingly likely to join the 2021 Formula 1 calendar in November as a replacement for the cancelled Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo: Too early for Norris/Verstappen F1 comparisons

Daniel Ricciardo say McLaren Formula 1 teammate Lando Norris shows similar traits of natural raw speed to Max Verstappen, even though he thinks it too early to make direct comparisons.

Verstappen's F1 engine set for Hungary practice checks Hungarian GP
Video Inside

Verstappen's F1 engine set for Hungary practice checks

Honda will test Max Verstappen's crashed British Grand Prix power unit in Friday practice at Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix to check if it can be raced again.

Bottas in Alfa Romeo F1 link for 2022 if Mercedes opts for Russell
Video Inside

Bottas in Alfa Romeo F1 link for 2022 if Mercedes opts for Russell

Valtteri Bottas has emerged as a lead candidate to switch to Alfa Romeo next season if the Finn is not retained by the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Sauber working with Stellantis to extend Alfa Romeo F1 deal

Sauber is working with Stellantis to extend its Alfa Romeo Formula 1 support and backing beyond the end of its existing deal in 2021.

Flexi-wings won't be "a game-changer at all" in Baku

Frederic Vasseur believes teams running Formula 1's disputed 'flexi-wings' will not enjoy a huge performance gain in Baku, saying it "won't be a game-changer at all".

Giovinazzi no longer needs Raikkonen as a reference – Vasseur

Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur believes Antonio Giovinazzi no longer needs his experienced teammate Kimi Raikkonen as a reference after changing his approach in Formula 1.

Verstappen not only option as Hamilton successor - Wolff
Video Inside

Verstappen not only option as Hamilton successor - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff insists that Max Verstappen is not the only Formula 1 driver that his team could look to lead it in the future when Lewis Hamilton does retire.

Wolff: 15 staff and an empty factory not enough for Red Bull
Video Inside

Wolff: 15 staff and an empty factory not enough for Red Bull

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes it will take more than '15 staff and an empty factory' for Red Bull to produce competitive Formula 1 engines by 2025.

Leclerc explains what he learned from Vettel as F1 teammates

Charles Leclerc says he learned a lot from former Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel’s hidden qualities.

Sainz’s Ferrari euphoria "contagious" for team, says Leclerc

Carlos Sainz’s ‘euphoria’ at getting a chance to race for Ferrari in Formula 1 has helped lift the mood of the whole team, says Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc: 2021 cars more difficult to manage on corner entry

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says Formula 1's 2021 cars are more difficult to manage on the entry to corners thanks to the new aero rules.

Alfa Romeo "most surprising team" in F1 testing - Russell

Alfa Romeo emerged from Formula 1’s pre-season test as the team that surprised the most, reckons Williams driver George Russell.

The core faults Ferrari must fix in 2021 Prime

The core faults Ferrari must fix in 2021

From challenging Mercedes for world titles, Ferrari abruptly reverted to the kind of shambles not seen since the early 1990s over the course of a disastrous 2020 campaign. Putting the Scuderia back on track won't be the work of a moment, says Roberto Chinchero

Sainz to make Ferrari F1 test debut at Fiorano

Carlos Sainz will make his first on-track appearance as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver when he takes part in a private test at Fiorano next week.

Binotto: No hatred, just sporting rivalry with Wolff

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the relationship he has with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff is one of sporting rivalry rather than hatred.

Binotto rehearsed Vettel split phone call three times

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto has revealed that he had to mentally rehearse three times his phone call to inform Sebastian Vettel he wasn't being retained.

F1 has a "mountain to climb" to exist in 10 years - Vettel

Sebastian Vettel believes Formula 1 has a "huge mountain to climb" to still exist in 10 years' time, as he says it needs more than planned rule changes to thrive.

Vettel "focused on F1", not considering alternatives for future

Sebastian Vettel says he remains "focused on Formula 1" as he considers his next move upon leaving Ferrari, and is yet to consider any alternative series or championships.

Mercedes and Bottas agree new deal for 2021 F1 season

Valtteri Bottas will remain at Mercedes in 2021, with a new deal having now been agreed in principle, sources have revealed to

Zanardi airlifted to hospital after serious handbike accident

Alex Zanardi has been airlifted to hospital in Italy following an accident during one of the stages of the Paralympic handbike ‘Obiettivo tricolore’ relay race on Friday.

"Detoxed" Alonso ready for F1 return, says Briatore

Fernando Alonso has "detoxed" himself with a year away from Formula 1 and is fully fired up for a return in 2021 if anyone wants him, says his manager Flavio Briatore.

Ferrari confirms IndyCar evaluation project

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has admitted that the legendary Italian sportscar manufacturer and F1 team is currently investigating the possibility of entering the NTT IndyCar Series, possibly as soon as 2022.

The hits and misses among Red Bull's 85 F1 proteges

Now in its 20th season, the Red Bull Junior Team has backed no fewer than 85 different drivers over the years and funded the best part of 200 seasons in the junior formulae. But has it been worth it?

Who would have won 10-race championships in F1's hybrid era?

With no end date to the current coronavirus crisis in sight, a 2020 Formula 1 season with 10 races or fewer is far from unthinkable. How would such a truncated season have impacted previous title races in the hybrid era? Our exercise has yielded some interesting results.

Vettel: Ferrari culture often "misunderstood"

Sebastian Vettel believes the Italian culture at Ferrari is too often 'misunderstood', as he remains adamant the team's philosophy can get it back to the front in Formula 1.

Vettel: "Ridiculous" downforce won't make up for heavy cars

Sebastian Vettel says Formula 1's "ridiculous" amount of downforce at the moment still cannot make up for the current generation of cars being too heavy.

Vettel: Happiness more important than money in next F1 deal

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has revealed that money "is not the most important thing” in his discussions with Ferrari about a new contract.

January finish, two-day GPs on table for F1 super season

Formula 1 teams are open to the idea of a season that runs into January 2021 and includes two-day grands prix in a bid to try to get a championship together, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari rules out switching to Mercedes-style front wing

Ferrari has no plans to switch to the Mercedes-style front wing for its 2020 Formula 1 car, despite a push to add more downforce for this season.

Ferrari: Vettel, not Hamilton, is "first choice" for 2021

Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari's "first choice" to partner Charles Leclerc for the 2021 Formula 1 season, team principal Mattia Binotto says.

Ex-Renault F1 tech chief Chester tipped for Williams move

Ex-Renault Formula 1 chassis technical chief Nick Chester has been linked with a senior role at the Williams team next year.

Vettel: Ferrari team orders this year nothing like Multi 21 storm

Sebastian Vettel believes dealing with Ferrari team orders in Formula 1 is different to Red Bull's Multi 21 controversy, but think drivers should still "stand up for yourself" if necessary.

Vettel tried 'not to see the truth' in early 2019

Sebastian Vettel says the early stages of the 2019 Formula 1 season were about 'trying not to see the truth' as Ferrari fell further behind Mercedes.

Massa: Leclerc could win first title before Verstappen

Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa says he would not rule out Charles Leclerc winning the drivers’ championship before Max Verstappen.

Vettel: Changing opinions of critics "a nightmare"

Sebastian Vettel says the changing opinions of his critics in Formula 1 is a "nightmare" and that his future will be decided by both 2020 and the championship's impending rules overhaul.

Leclerc: Ferrari interests "priority" over Vettel battle

Charles Leclerc says he will not allow the battle between himself and Sebastian Vettel hurt the interests of their Ferrari team.

Ferrari backs Giovinazzi despite Hulkenberg availability

Mattia Binotto says Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi needs to feel the "confidence" of Ferrari, amid speculation over his Formula 1 future and Nico Hulkenberg's emergence as a free agent.