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

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

Hamilton says he's "more of a team player" now

Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton believes he has become "more of a team player" compared to when he was younger.

F1's current process for deciding tyre spec "wrong" - Ferrari

The Ferrari Formula 1 team has questioned the “current process” for establishing the tyre specification for the season, following a debate over supplier Pirelli’s thinner-tread 2019 rubber.

Ferrari: "Too much standardisation" in F1's 2021 plans

Ferrari is “not happy yet” with the proposed 2021 Formula 1 regulations and is pushing back against standardisation, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.

Ferrari: No point stopping development of 2019 F1 car

Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto does not believe the outfit will need to cease development of its 2019 car, despite its increasingly faint hopes of catching up Mercedes this season.

Ferrari plans review to help Leclerc's Q3 form

Ferrari plans to undertake an in-depth review of its recent qualifying performances in a bid to try to help Charles Leclerc lift his form in Q3.

Webber: Ferrari may need to consider writing off 2019 soon

Ferrari should consider writing off its 2019 Formula 1 campaign and switching focus to next year if it doesn't quickly turn the tables on Mercedes, reckons Mark Webber.

Wolff: Past tyre knowledge "not so relevant" in 2019

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff believes the thinner-gauge tyres introduced for this season have made what teams learned last year about the vital "science" involved less relevant.

Ferrari's tyre woes "nothing to do" with upgrade - Binotto

Ferrari's struggles with Pirelli's Formula 1 tyres in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix had “nothing to do” with its Baku upgrades, according to team boss Mattia Binotto.

Wolff says four one-two finishes "flatter" Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 team principal Toto Wolff says four one-two finishes at the start of the 2019 season "flatters us”, after making history in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Fuoco set for Ferrari F1 test run in Barcelona

Ferrari-backed driver Antonio Fuoco is set to pilot the manufacturer's 2019 Formula 1 car in the Barcelona in-season test following the Spanish Grand Prix.

Alonso not just "having fun" with post-F1 challenges

Fernando Alonso has hinted at contesting an off-road event to achieve "something that has no precedent" and insisted he is not just having "fun" in his post-Formula 1 challenges.

Schumacher didn't expect Bahrain F1 test performance

Mick Schumacher says he did not expect the performance he showed in his debut Formula 1 test this week, having found it “easy” to improve with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.

Red Bull form "cannot be worse" than in Bahrain - Verstappen

Max Verstappen says Red Bull's performance "cannot be worse" than in Bahrain and believes it can do "a lot better" than how it has started the Formula 1 season.

Schumacher wants to reach F1 as a "complete driver"

Mick Schumacher wants to step up to Formula 1 as a "complete racing driver" but does not know if that means he could make his debut as early as 2020.

Schumacher set for F1 test debut with Ferrari

Mick Schumacher is set to make his Formula 1 test debut with Ferrari at next week's post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, has learned.

Leclerc says he did a "very bad job" in Q3

Charles Leclerc admitted he did a "very bad job" in his first qualifying session with Ferrari ahead of Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix.

Ferrari will give Vettel "priority" over Leclerc if required

Ferrari is willing to proritise Sebastian Vettel over his new Formula 1 teammate Charles Leclerc if required in the early stages of the 2019 season.

Ferrari's new matte paint a performance benefit

Ferrari says its decision to switch to a matte red paint finish this year has been done for pure performance reasons.

Raikkonen: Leclerc will thrive if he avoids Ferrari "hassle"

Kimi Raikkonen reckons Charles Leclerc can thrive at Ferrari if he focuses on driving and doesn’t get distracted by the extra "hassle" that surrounds the Italian Formula 1 outfit.

Giovinazzi feels "lucky" to have Raikkonen as teammate

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi says he is "lucky" to have 2007 world champion and ex-Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen as his teammate.

Mazepin gets private Mercedes F1 test programme

Nikita Mazepin will dovetail his rookie Formula 2 campaign with a private testing programme in a 2017 Mercedes Formula 1 car.

Ferrari junior Schumacher set to work with Todt

Newly-confirmed Ferrari Formula 1 junior Mick Schumacher is set to be guided by the management company of Nicolas Todt this season.

Ferrari president rejects talk of management "rupture"

Ferrari president John Elkann has strongly refuted reports that the team faces further management upheaval and could even turn to former boss Stefano Domenicali for help.

Schumacher close to Ferrari junior role

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, is close to confirming a deal to join Ferrari's young driver programme.

Ferrari plans to run new car before first F1 test

Ferrari is planning to give its 2019 Formula 1 challenger its on-track debut the day before the start of pre-season testing.