Flavio Briatore rushed to hospital in ‘serious’ condition with coronavirus

Former Formula One chief Flavio Briatore has been admitted to hospital in a 'serious' condition in Milan after contracting coronavirus, according to reports n Italy.

The 70-year-old, who was team principal of F1 teams Benetton and Renault, is understood to have been taken to the San Raffaele hospital.

There is yet to be any official statement but multiple reports in Italy claim Briatore's condition is serious; though he is not in intensive care.

Briatore has been critical over the Italian government's handling of Covid-19 and recently hit out at the decision to close nightclubs again due to a rise on coronavirus cases.

Among those affected were the Italian businessman, who Billionaire club in Porto Cervo emerged as a hotspot with about 60 staff members testing positive.

“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 moved to shut down nightclubs.

Briatore is understood to have played football last week with friends which included Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has also tested positive for coronavirus.

The Italian is widely known for his long stint in F1 where he helped Renault become a championship-winning team over a decade ago.

He also owned English Championship club Queens Park Rangers for three years.

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