Sasha Martinengo was born to be successful and to be in the spotlight. Proudly Italian with an ancestral racing gene in his blood, he was destined to take South Africa by storm, by becoming the face and voice of Formula One and Motor sport in general. A radio and club DJ; television sports presenter; MC; vlogger and very definitely a family man, Sasha can be considered the Everyman of today.
Ever since he can remember social activities and conversations were about racing, which became an intricate part of his life. And his destiny! Born and bred in Johannesburg, he matriculated at Hyde Park High, and studied for an IMM diploma at Technikon Witwatersrand in between running his own business, a mobile disco. His official introduction to the music and broadcast industry was when he joined Virgin Records as product manager and PR – a move that would soon open the doors for him to achieve his greatest goals and follow his childhood dreams.
Armed with experience and a head for business, in 1994 Sasha was offered a position as a DJ on 5FM. He started off on the 1-4am slot, climbing his way up to where he is today. In November 2011, Sasha celebrated 5000 show on 5FM, a feat not achieved by any other DJ.
His soaring radio career has helped position him as the ‘Formula One’ guy and exposed him to a national and international racing audience. His breakthrough moment was when he hosted the first ever Formula One Radio show in South Africa on 5FM – with a dream team of guests such as Nigel Mansell, Eddie Jordan, Jarno Trulli, Jean Alesi, Giancarlo Fisichella and more.
With a profound knowledge and understanding for Motor sport and in particular Formula One, Sasha joined the Supersport team as their presenter of the Formula One racing series for a period of 17 years, also leading him to present and commentate on the GTC Circuit racing series.
He has had the luck and great opportunity to meet and work with some of the world’s top racing champions. He is currently a panelist on the Supersport Absolute F1 show as well as giving his insights during race day as well; he has written articles on Formula One for local and international magazines and websites; has raced with Johnny Herbert and Ralph Firman at the F1x2 in 2004 and 2005 and has even hosted Jenson Button on behalf of BAT that year.