Flavio Briatore

Flavio Briatore the flamboyant former Renault and Benetton boss is in hospital in Italy having contracted Covid-19.

The 70-year-old Italian was admitted to hospital in Milan on Sunday with a fever. According to a statement from his staff, his condition is “good and stable”, contradicting some reports which had previously described his condition as “serious”.

Briatore is famed for leading Michael Schumacher to his first two world championship titles in 1994 and 1995, and then Fernando Alonso to a similar double in 2005 and 2006.  He left Formula One in 2009 after being found guilty of ordering Nelson Piquet Jr. to crash his car to help team-mate Alonso win the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

Briatore has complained over the past month about the Italian government’s decision to close nightclubs again following a number of new virus cases. This included his Billionaire club in Porto Cervo, which has emerged as a Covid-19 hotspot with nearly 60 members of staff testing positive.

He took to Facebook earlier this week to share his disappointment at the decision and said: ‘My heart weeps to see an economy slaughtered by people who have never done anything in their lives.’



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