In a recent episode of the F1 Nation Podcast, journalist Roberto Chinchero couldn’t contain his excitement when discussing the promising career of McLaren’s Formula 1 driver, Oscar Piastri, whom he believes has the potential to become a future world champion.
Chinchero reflected on Piastri’s journey to Formula 1, highlighting his impressive rise through the motorsport ranks and his unwavering commitment to success.
Oscar Piastri made his debut as one of the three rookies on the Formula 1 grid at the beginning of the season, alongside Logan Sargeant and Nyck de Vries.
However, the Dutchman de Vries lost his seat after just 10 races, making way for the experienced Daniel Ricciardo, who was later replaced by Liam Lawson due in part to an injury linked to Piastri.
While Sargeant is yet to secure his maiden F1 point, he has been steadily improving and showcased another strong performance at the iconic Monza circuit.
Piastri, too, narrowly missed a top-ten finish at the same race, with Lewis Hamilton’s collision at the second chicane causing damage that necessitated a pit stop.
Nonetheless, Piastri managed to salvage the fastest lap, further fuelling discussions about his potential as a future world champion.
Roberto Chinchero expressed his admiration for the Australian driver, stating, “He’s the next big thing coming in Formula 1.
“Honestly, I always believed that he’s a good guy.
“I remember him in Formula Renault, in Formula 3, in Formula 2—very impressive.
“I talk a lot with his team Prema; he won with them in Formula 2, Formula 3.
“They are still using the set-up that Oscar did with them, and Andrea Stella said to me a lot of times that this guy’s not only impressive on track, he’s impressive in the factory.
“His method of work is fantastic, he’s very dedicated to his job.
“I’m sure that he’s potentially a world champion, and I won’t be surprised if he reaches this target because I think he’s one of the best talents in the last five years.”