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jakeXT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:46 PM
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Farewell Flavio: A Brief History Of F1's Playboy
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Today August 16th 2009 we have seen Flavio Briatore take his leave of Renault, and it is fair to say he departs under unfortunate circumstances.

Having guided two drivers to four world championships, he is now a very familiar face to us. Soccer tycoon, nightclub owner, and babe-magnet, Flavio Briatore is an improbable character who could have stepped from the pages of a steamy novel.

He has been in many a scrape, made an enormous fortune, and has dated some of the world's most beautiful women, including Naomi Campbell, Adriana Volpe, Eva Herzigova, Elle Macpherson, and Heidi Klum.

So who is Flavio, and where did he come from?

In this brief history of the master of bling, bonk, and billions, we take a stroll down memory lane to see how Flavio became the man he is today.

The Clothing Mogul

As a young man Flavio's nickname was Tribula, meaning someone who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. By the late 1970's our hero had done a lot of things, and had become assistant to mafia-connected businessman Attilio Dutto in Cuneo.

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more at
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/255757-farewell-flav...



I didn't know how he started and his mafia connections
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:58 PM
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1. If anyone's wondering, Renault admitted asking an F1 driver to crash on purpose
to bring out the safety car to their other driver's advantage:

Flavio Briatore has left his position as boss of the Renault team after they decided not to contest charges of fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

Executive director of engineering Pat Symonds has also left the team.

Renault were summoned by governing body, the FIA, after Nelson Piquet Jr claimed he had been asked to crash to help team-mate Fernando Alonso's race.
...
That meant that when race officials sent out the safety car to clear up the debris from Piquet's car, Alonso was alone among the front-runners in not having to stop for fuel and tyres.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/...
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:37 PM
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2. Did they actually admit it?
Or did they imply guilt by not fighting the charge - and Flavio fleeing?

I, for one, won't miss him.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:00 PM
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3. OK, strictly speaking, they're not fighting it
But that's a big change from taking Piquet to court, as Renault had started to do: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/236/story/1050888.html

An apparent leaked summary of the evidence: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/sep/16/nelson-piqu...
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:32 PM
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4. Right, I read they were going to sue Piquet Sr for attempted blackmail, too
This takes "team orders" to a new level.
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