The coronavirus has struck again. And it is now the turn of the former boss of Michael Schumacher to be affected. This Monday, August 24, as revealed by the Italian magazine L’Espresso and the ANSA press agency, Flavio Briatore was rushed to San Raffaele hospital in Milan. Placed under medical supervision, he would be in “serious condition” after contracting Covid-19. Suffering from a mild fever, however, he is not in intensive care. At 70, he is one of those considered to be at risk for viral disease and, as the RTBF site reveals, “around sixty infections” with the coronavirus are directly linked to the main person concerned. As a result, several employees of his club, baptized Billionaire and located in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, have tested positive.
Former manager of Formula 1 teams Benetton and Renault, where he crossed paths with Michael Schumacher, Flavio Briatore was excluded from the world of racing tracks after being convicted of cheating during the Singapore Grand Prix. Recently, he had once again sparked controversy by openly attacking the Italian government, criticizing the management of the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. He also accused virologists of using the context of the pandemic to instigate terror in a scathing video message. To date, our transalpine neighbors have 261,174 positive cases for the coronavirus while 35,445 people have succumbed to the disease. Sardinia would also be the center of a high rate of new contaminations.
Mystery around the Red Baron
And while Flavio Briatore’s health causes concern, that of Michael Schumacher remains unknown. Because since December 2013, and after a terrible skiing accident, the Baron Rouge shines by his absence from the media scene, protected by his relatives, and in particular his wife Corinna, who cultivate the mystery around his condition. Some of them, however, like Jean Todt, occasionally come out of silence, offering shy confidences about the ex-star of the tracks.
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