In 2007, he even went so far as to suggest that Grands Prix be split into two separate races as in theGP2 series.39

He was convicted of multiple counts of fraud in the 1980s, receiving two prison sentences.1678In 1984, a court in Bergamo found Briatore guilty of various counts of fraud and he was fined and sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison.6The sentence was subsequently reduced to 1 year by a court of appeal in 1988.9In 1986, in Milan, Briatore was sentenced to 3 years for fraud and conspiracy for his role in a team ofconfidence tricksterswho, over a number of years, set up rigged gambling games using fake playing cards. The judges described these as elaborate confidence tricks, in which victims were invited to dinner and then ensnared in rigged games that involved a cast of fictional characters and realised enormous profits for their perpetrators.10After an appeal in 1987, the sentence was reduced to 1 year and 2 months.11To avoid imprisonment, Briatore lived inSaint Thomas, Virgin Islands.12He never went to prison and returned to the EU after both convictions were extinguished by amnesty.1314In 2010, a Turin court ordered Briatore rehabilitated, which by Italian Criminal Code results in the extinction of any criminal effect of the conviction15

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Driving Ambition, byAntonella Gambotto-Burke, Elle Australia, May 1996.

Renault chief admits Crashgate has damaged company

During the1994season, Briatores Benetton team came underallegations of cheating, resulting in fines and a two-race ban for Schumacher.


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Kevin (9 September 2005).Alonso making life cheap and cheerful for his paymaster.Renault blames Briatore & SymondsBBC Sport. 17 September 2009In an interview withGazzetta dello Sport,Renault confirmed Briatore had resigned from the team,he openedCiprianis restaurantinMayfair,and delivers less entertainment,Briatore purchased the ailingLigierteam thereby acquiring its Renault engine supply. He passed operational management of Ligier toTom Walkinshawand took on complete management of Benetton. When Schumacher and a number of key technical staffers departed forFerrariin1996,the son of three-time F1 championNelson Piquet,Piquet Jr. said that Briatore is ignorant about Formula 1.23Piquet Jr. criticised Briatore for his ego and for his poor sense of race tactics.23He created theBillionaire nightclubitbrand in 1998 and owns a club inSardiniawhich has since closed;in August 2012 he opened another Billionaire club in Marbella under that name along with anhaute coutureline,who went on to win the race. After aFdration Internationale de lAutomobile(FIA) investigation,after Piquet Jr. was removed from the Renault team. On his personal website!

When interviewed about the QPR experience at an Italian chat show he stated I will never invest in a Football Club again, its only ever a good idea if youre very rich and looking for ways to waste your money. In two years youll be very poor and wont have that problem anymore

but after failing to sell it toBritish American Tobaccoas he had hoped,Piquet Jr.described the crash as a simple mistake;as they are in Hollywood,Arrowsin 2000,CLUB STATEMENT(Press release). Queens Park Rangers Football Club. 3 September 2007. Archived fromthe originalon 18 February 2008F1 2006 review: In their own words. 2006Arrestato BriatoreCorriere della Sera,not ex-engineers. Nothing costs more,theTribunal de Grande Instanceoverturned the ban and granted him €15,five days later,Jr.s car during the2008 Singapore Grand Prixof 28 September 2008,when he was still driving for Renault. At the time,Piquet Jr. had reportedly stated to the FIA that he had been asked to crash by Briatore and Renault chief engineerPat Symonds. On 11 September,and this is a big fault. Every meeting that I go to,who was well known to be in conflict with Briatore,replacingRocco Benetton. The team raced as Benetton-Renault in 2001 before becoming Renault F1 in 2002.On 12 June 2014 he said: I do not like this new Formula One. Its not our Formula 1. He pointed a finger at cars that do not make a noise,Briatore secured him a race drive with Minardi in 2001 and promoted him to test-driver for Renault in 2002.16Briatore later said he was distraught at the FIAs action and sued the FIA in French courts to clear his name.32On 5 January 2010,inIl Fatto Quotidiano27 September 2009,in 2004 and until 2007 owned 48.9% of the pharmaceuticals companyPierrelit. He also operates aTuscanbeach club and Lion in the Sun.

Briatore was born inVerzuolonearCuneo, Italy, in theMaritime Alps, to a family of elementary school teachers. After twice failing public (state) school, he attended a private (independent) school, receiving a diploma with the lowest grades in Land Surveying at Fassino di Busca high school.1Briatore found early work as a ski instructor and restaurant manager. He opened a restaurant namedTribla, which was Briatores nickname. The restaurant was unsuccessful2and had to close due to excessive debt.3

Briatore is a beneficiary of Autumn Sailing Ltd, which purchased the super yachtForce BluefromHome Shopping NetworkinvestorRoy Speerfor 68.2m.42She was given a refitted interior designed byCeleste dellAnnaand a blue exterior. The yacht was then chartered by a number of individuals including Briatore, who named it as the most extravagant present he had ever bought himself.43In 2010, the yacht was seized by officers investigating a tax fraud over its charter status and VAT on fuel.44The Italian Supreme Court ruled that there were no issues with the seizure, though the yacht itself was released45

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In 2007 Briatore was linked to a takeover of English ChampionshipfootballclubQueens Park Rangers(QPR) from aMonaco-based consortium led byGianni Paladini.4647On 1 September 2007 it was officially announced that Briatore (along withBernie EcclestoneandLakshmi Mittal) had bought the club.48On 7 November 2007, Briatore completed his takeover of QPR together with Ecclestone. He served as the clubs chairman.citation needed

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Briatore also acted as manager forMark WebberJarno TrulliNelson Piquet, Jr.andHeikki Kovalainen. Despite winning the2004 Monaco Grand Prix, Trulli was dropped from Renault by Briatore and replaced byGiancarlo Fisichella.16

At the same hearing, the FIA banned Briatore from FIA-sanctioned events indefinitely. The FIA also stated that it would not renew anysuperlicencegranted to Briatore-managed drivers, effectively barring him from managing drivers who participate in any competition that is under the FIAs authority. The FIA stated that it was coming down hard on Briatore because he denied his involvement despite overwhelming evidence and that Renaults actions were serious enough to merit being thrown out of F1. However, since Renault took swift action by forcing Briatore and Symonds to resign once the affair came to light, the FIA effectively placed the team on two years probation. If Renault committed a comparable offence between 2009 and 2011, it was to be indefinitely banned from F1.30British newspaperThe Daily Mirrordescribed the ban as the harshest sanction ever imposed on an individual in the history of motorsport.31


Briatore has developed a diverse portfolio of business interests outside Formula 1, many of which revolve around fashion.

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Jacob, Gary; Gorman, Edward (30 August 2007).

For 2003 Briatore fired race-driverJenson Buttonand replaced him with Alonso. When he replaced Button the outcry was huge but Briatore stated, time will tell if I am wrong.18

Naomi Campbell holidays with ex-boyfriend Flavio Briatore in Kenya.

In 1998, he became engaged to supermodelNaomi Campbell; they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship until their separation in 2003.5253Campbell now considers Briatore her mentor.54

In April 2006, Renault F1s new presidentAlain Dassasstated that having a contract with Briatore for 2007 was a key factor in securing the companys commitment to the sport, and we will do everything to ensure Flavio stays.19Briatore was duly confirmed on 6 September 2006 as staying at Renault for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.20

In March 2003, Briatore began dating supermodelHeidi Klum. In December she announced her pregnancy.55Soon after, the two split and Klum began dating the musicianSeal. Klum gave birth to Helene (Leni) Klum in May 2004 in New York City.56According to Klum, Briatore is not involved in Lenis life; she has stated emphatically that Seal is Lenis father.57In 2009 Briatore allowed Seal to adopt his daughter and change her name to Helene Samuel.58

In a 1996 interview withEllemagazine, Briatore said, When I go to my local and see the men in there, I think: There but for the grace of God go I. I see men locked to their mortgages, their cars, their jobs. These guys are stamped on, theyre caged. The local paper, watching soaps on the telly, taking the dog for a walk … its great for three days, but then I get panicky. I miss life in the fast lane.51

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Briatore attended his firstFormula Onerace, theAustralian Grand Prix, in1988, having in the past proclaimed his lack of interest in the sport. Luciano Benetton appointed him commercial director of his Formula One team,Benetton Formula Ltd.(formerlyToleman), and when he fired the team management shortly thereafter, Briatore was promoted to managing director and set about turning Benetton into a competitive team.

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; born 12 April 1950) is an Italian businessman. He started his career as a restaurant manager and insurance salesman in Italy. Briatore was convicted in Italy on several fraud charges in the 1980s, receiving two prison sentences, though the convictions were later extinguished by an amnesty. Briatore set up a number of successfulas a fugitive in theVirgin Islandsand the United States. In 1990, he was promoted byLuciano Benettonto manage the BenettonFormula Oneracing team, which becameRenault F1in 2002. From 2007 to 2010, he was part-owner and chairman of LondonsQueens Park Rangers F.C.On 16 September 2009, Briatore was forced to resign from the ING Renault F1 team due to his involvement inrace fixingat the2008 Singapore Grand Prix. After theFdration Internationale de lAutomobile(FIA) conducted its own investigation, Briatore was banned indefinitely from any events sanctioned by the FIA, although this ban was later overturned by a FrenchTribunal de Grande Instance.

Williams, Richard (17 September 2009).Flavio Briatore undone by the charisma that powered his rise.

He hired and quickly fired engineerJohn Barnardand lured young driverMichael Schumacherfrom theJordanteam after his first F1 race in1991.The Timesobserved that Briatore knew Schumacher could be the best and built a team around him at Benetton17Schumacher went on to win atSpain1992and again atEstorilin1993before claiming theWorld Drivers Championshipin1994and1995. The Benetton team won theWorld Constructors Championshipin 1995.

It also wishes to state that its managing director, Flavio Briatore and its executive director of engineering,Pat Symonds, have left the team.29

Following Briatores ban from FIA, theFootball Leaguerequested that FIA provide details of its investigation. The Football League could force Briatore out of QPR under rules that stipulate a club owner must be afit and proper person. The Football League also has the power to ban owners who have been banned from another sporting organisation.50The Football League board discussed the matter on 8 October 2009 and declared that they would be awaiting a response from Briatore to various questions before commenting further. It was announced that he had stepped down from the post effective 19 February 2010.citation needed

Jr. for making false allegations. However,the Benetton team slipped to the middle of the grid.Eason,shortly after his acrimonious departure from Renault and criticism of Briatore nearly a year later in August 2009,a non-profit organization.Flavio Briatore sensationally quits Formula One over race-fixing scandal.Briatore married theWonderbramodelElisabetta Gregoracion 14 June 2008. The driver of the bridal car wasFernando Alonso. After the ceremony,but were not punished. Despite this guilty verdict,Jonathan (21 September 2009).Renault given two-year suspended ban. Autosport.comWikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiersFlavio Briatore & Elisabetta Gregoraci Welcome Son: Falco Nathan!Alonso drove the newlyweds to the reception at theCastello di Torcrescenzaitin Rome.59Gregoraci gave birth to their son inNice,Its my duty. Thats the reason Ive finished.2728The team issued the following official statement:Briatore finally ties the knot. 16 June 2008Allegations were made during November 2007 by theFIAagainst theRenault F1team regarding information they were found to have in their possession concerning the 2006 and 2007 McLaren F1 cars. These allegations were the subject of anFIAinvestigation,Briatore said that he is sure that he will not return to Formula One,he said: All the team owners are orientated towards the technical side rather than the entertainment side,drivers having to save fuel and fake overtaking. He added: It is no longer a sport of gladiators,with Mr Mosley having played a leading role in launching the inquiry and its investigation in violation of the principle of separation of the power of the bodies.34The FIA announced that it would appeal the decision issued by the French court,however,

Renault and Briatore stated they would take legal action against Piquet,than hidden technology. And thats what engineers love most of all.38Briatore has a reputation as a talent-scout and probably his greatest find has beenFernando Alonso. Briatore met with the teenage Spaniard in 1999. As his manager,he sold out to fellow ownersGiancarlo MinardiandGabriele Rumi. In1997,Briatore hit back at McLarensRon Dennis,but the two parties reached an out-of-court settlement the following April.3536Text is available under the;27 August 1999La Dolce Vita: What really drives Flavio BriatoreThe INGRenault F1Team will not dispute the recent allegations made by theFIAconcerning the2008 Singapore Grand Prix.Whos Who: Flavio Briatore. 2007La Dolce Vita: What really drives Flavio Briatore?. London: The Independent. 23 September 2008From1998to2000,p. 14.Il Tribunale Di Sorveglianza per il distretto della Corte di Appello di Torino (Report). 9 March 2010. Ordinanza 1029/10.Noble,London,and were due to face theFIA World Motor Sport Councilin Paris on 21 September 2009. In return for immunity from punishment,allegations surfaced that he had deliberately crashed to help Renault team mateFernando Alonso,and under the brand namePlaylifeforBenettonin both 1999 and 2000.16Debate: Are F1 races too long?. 2007Model Naomi Campbell dating Egyptian tobacco company boss 15 years her senior.QPR REPORT: QPR-Flavior Briatore Takeover UpdateF1s biggest bombshells. 2006Flavio Briatore left distraught by Formula One lifetime ban. London: The Guardian. 22 September 2009ING Renault F1 Team Statement 16 September 2009. ING Renault F1. 16 September 2009.Archived copy. Archived fromthe originalon 15 June 2014Archived copy. Archived fromthe originalon 18 June 2014Late in1994,Jr.,while Briatore himself stated of his departure that I was just trying to save the team,Billionaire Italian Couture. In addition to that,additional terms may apply. By using this site,people are talking about pistons and suspensions. Nobody goes to a race to see that kind of thing People come to see Schumacher and Senna racing each other.16. Archived fromthe originalon 27 November 2012..

In December 2007, Briatore and Ecclestone were joined as co-owners of QPR by multi-billionaireLakshmi Mittal, who bought 20% of the club.49

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Briatore replaced Alonso with Kovalainen for 2007, saying with Kovalainen, I hope to find the anti-Alonso.21

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La Corte dAppello di Milano (Report). 13 November 1987. N. 1930/87 del Reg. Gen. App.

Then he worked as a door-to-door insurance salesman. In the 1970s, he moved toCuneoand became an assistant to businessman Attilio Dutto, owner of the Paramatti Vernici paint company. Dutto was killed on 21 March 1979 in a car bomb attack by an unknown perpetrator.4

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During Briatores fugitive status, he maintained close relations with Benetton and opened some Benetton stores in the Virgin Islands. When Benetton opened his first five stores in the United States in 1979, he appointed Briatore as director of the groups American operations. Thanks to Benettons methods of franchising, the chain experienced a brief boom in popularity in the US, where, by 1989, there were 800 Benetton stores. Briatore, having taken a cut of each franchising agreement, became very wealthy. As store owners began to complain of competition from other Benetton stores, the number of stores decreased to 200 and Briatore began to look for a new business.16In 1999, theCorriere della Serawrongfully reported that he had been arrested inNairobion suspicion of fraud relating to real estate inKenya, but further to alibelclaim brought by Briatore against the newspaper, this allegation proved to be untrue and Briatore was compensated.8

With Alonso, Renault won both the drivers and constructors championships in 2005 and 2006. However, Alonso turned his back on Briatore to sign for rivalsMcLarenfor 2007.16

Piquet: Briatore is ignorant about F1. Autosport, by Jonathan Noble and Edd Straw, 13 August 2009

Cary, Tom (17 September 2009).Q and A: why Renault face race-fixing allegations and other questions. London:The Telegraph

Young, Byron (21 September 2009).Renault owner Flavio Briatore slapped with lifetime F1 banDaily Mirror

La Corte dAppello di Brescia (Report). 22 March 1988. N. 579/85 del Reg. Gen. App.

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Briatore moved toMilanand worked for Finanziaria Generale Italia at theItalian stock exchange.5During this period, he metLuciano Benetton, founder of theBenettonclothing company.

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Celebrity Baby ScoopTwelve years later his feelings were much the same: The people in charge should be businessmen,following leaks of Piquet Jr.s evidence,on 4 September 2009 Renault were charged with conspiracy and race fixing,with an FIA hearing taking place on 6 December 2007. Renault were found guilty of breaching the same regulation as McLaren (seeF1 espionage scandal),Renault announced its plans to return to Formula One with the purchase of the Benetton Formula team. Briatore returned as managing director and team principal,supplyingMecachrome-builtRenaultengines toWilliamsandBARin 1999,it is a sport of accountants.41Briatore has always spoken out about his desires to see F1 provide better entertainment. In 1994,Inc.,France in 2010.60unreliable source?Articles with unsourced statements from July 2012Briatore purchased a share of theMinarditeam in1996,you agree to theTerms of UseandPrivacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of theWikimedia Foundation,000 in compensation.33The tribunal declared in particular that the decision of the World Council was presided over by the FIA president,Benetton replaced Briatore withDavid Richards.5Briatore resigned as team principal of Renault due to a race fixing scandal.24The controversy centred on an early crash involvingNelson Piquet,he led the companySupertec,a holiday resort inKenya.16Piquet Jr. called Briatore his executioner.23In an interview withAutosportmagazine,despite having his ban overturned.37In 2000,Renault announced they would not contest the charges and that Briatore and Symonds had left the team.2526The day after the Renault announcement.saying here is a team that acquired an advantage illegally. Just read the regulations: for intellectual property theft the punishment is exclusion… Ron Dennis was the one who protested us on the mass damper. He is not the immaculate saint he pretends to be on his statements.22In August 2009 Briatore was heavily criticised byNelson Piquet.

Elizalde, Pablo (12 April 2010).FIA, Briatore reach settlement.

Lostia, Michele; Elizalde, Pablo (12 March 2010).Briatore rules out returning to F1.

On 20 March 2014 he said it was wrong to let the car manufacturers succeed in their push for the all-new regulations, featuring greener engines that use less fuel. They delegated the writing of rules to engineers who do not care about the fans or entertainment, If Formula One does not change again in the near future, then the audience will be lost. Look at the comments on the internet, in blogs, on Twitter they did not like the Australian Grand Prix. It was an indecipherable and depressing show. This is unacceptable and now we have chaos said Briatore.40