Former F1 team executive Flavio Briatore in hospital with coronavirus

Briatore, former team principal at Benetton and Renault, has reportedly been admitted to the hospital in Milan with coronavirus.

Flavio Briatore left F1 after being found guilty of ordering Nelson Piquet Jr. to deliberately crash his car to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.   -  AP

Former Formula One team executive Flavio Briatore has reportedly been admitted to the hospital in Milan with coronavirus.

There has been no official statement from the the San Raffaele hospital but multiple reports in Italy say Briatore’s condition is serious though he is not in intensive care.

The 70-year-old Briatore had complained over the past month about the Italian government’s decision to close nightclubs again after the number of new virus cases started rising again. That included Briatore’s Billionaire club in Porto Cervo, which has emerged as a hotspot with about 60 staff members testing positive.

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The flamboyant Italian also played football last week with friends, including Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Briatore was the team principal at F1 teams Benetton and Renault. He left F1 after being found guilty of ordering Nelson Piquet Jr. to deliberately crash his car to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

Briatore was also part-owner and chairman of English football club Queens Park Rangers from 2007-10.

The Italian businessman is also a friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, and attended his inauguration.

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