Flavio Briatore (born April 12, 1950) is an Italian businessman, who worked as team principal for Renault and previously as managing director of Benetton.


Briatore was permanently banned from Formula One and his name disgraced following the 2008 Crashgate scandal, in which he and mechanic Pat Symonds was believed to have told driver Nelson Piquet, Jr to deliberately crash at the Singapore Grand Prix in order to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win the race.

It worked, and Alonso won Renault's first Grand Prix since 2006. However, Briatore's fate was sealed in 2009 and he and Symonds were kicked out. Éric Boullier was hired to replace Briatore as Renault team boss.

Symonds was only given a five-year ban and joined Williams in 2013.

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