Giorgio Piola (1 November 1948) is an Italian journalist and television commentator known for his activity as an expert technical correspondent of Formula 1.
Famous for his drawings of the technical details of the single-seaters, he boasts the largest number of Formula 1 Grand Prix followed live (811, at the 2019 Chinese GP).
He began his career in 1970 on the pages of Autosprint and then moved in 1975 first to Corriere della Sera and then to Gazzetta dello Sport where he continued to work until 2015.
Since 1990 he has also been active as a television commentator, with the task of analyzing and presenting to motor enthusiasts the aerodynamic structure and mechanical functioning of sophisticated Formula 1 cars.
Until the end of the 90s he collaborated with the editorial staff of the sports program dedicated to Grand Prix engines broadcast on Italia 1, a network that in the period 1991-1996 (this last year in an exclusive regime) held the rights for free and live on the Italian territory of the sporting events of Formula 1 and which the following year were acquired by RAI as a monopoly. He subsequently joined the RAI sports editorial team alongside commentators Gianfranco Mazzoni (main voice), the expert former Formula 1 driver Ivan Capelli and the engineer Giancarlo Bruno (technical comment) and the pit crews Ettore Giovannelli and Stella Bruno.
In the 2008 season he was part of the team of technical commentators for the satellite broadcaster Sky Italia and in 2010, after Sky’s failure to renew the Formula 1 rights, he joined Mediaset. Since 2011 he has collaborated with RSI and commented on the GPs together with Roberto Gurian and Andrea Chiesa. In 2013 he returned to Rai until 2017. He returned to collaborate on a one-off basis with RSI on the occasion of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and subsequently for the Italian Grand Prix.
Since 1994 he has published annually for the Nada Publishing House, an annal on Formula 1 entitled Technical Analysis which is translated and published in three languages. For years he has been technical consultant for many national and international magazines including Autosport, Gazzetta and Autosprint. Since 2016 he has been collaborating exclusively with the international network Motorsport.com.
On the occasion of the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix, race number 1000 in the history of Formula 1, he is honored by Chase Carey (CEO of Liberty Media) with a commemorative coin being the person in the paddock with the highest number of grand prix to his credit (811 , debut in Munich 1969).