Briatore in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

a man wearing sunglasses and a hat talking on a cell phone: Flavio Briatore

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Flavio Briatore

Former F1 team boss Flavio Briatore has been hospitalised in Italy after testing positive for COVID-19, according to reports.

Autosport are claiming that ‘multiple reports’ have confirmed that Briatore was transferred to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan on Monday due to “complications caused by the virus”.

He is reportedly in a serious condition but hasn’t been placed in intensive care.

Briatore’s Billionaire club in Porto Cervo was closed recently after an outbreak of Coronavirus.

Autosport report that 60 staff members from the club tested positive, while Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was among a group of VIPs who Briatore played a football game with, also tested positive for the virus.

“My heart weeps to see an economy slaughtered by people who have never done anything in their lives,” Briatore recently wrote on Facebook as the Italian authorities move to shut down nightclubs.

Briatore certainly enjoyed his fair share of success in Formula 1, leading Michael Schumacher to the World Championship in 1994 and 1995 with Benetton.

The team would later transform into Renault and Briatore would repeat the achievement with Fernando Alonso as the Spaniard ended Schumacher’s dominance by winning his only world titles in 2005 and 2006.

But for all the positives Briatore will probably always be most infamously known for the ‘crashgate’ scandal in 2008 where Nelson Piquet deliberately crashed out of the Singapore Grand Prix to help Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso win the race.

He would go to court to have his ban from FIA events overturned, but since then Briatore has switched his focus to his Billionaire brand of clubs and restaurants.

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