Poor old Flavio Briatore. Not only is he having to deal with being thrown out of Formula 1 for extremely bad behaviour and the Italian authorities are blocking some of his (many) bank accounts and at one point even impounded his personal ship, but now there is a book on the market (if you can find a copy) that delves into his past – and very colourful it is, I am told, if it is all true. One supposes this to be the case given that the publishing house has gone ahead with the project.
I’ll not go into too much detail, because of nasty of things called libel laws that mean that anything one writes one has to prove 100 percent, but I will say that Briatore does not come out of the story in a very favourable light. Much of the story is already in the public domain, if you speak Italian and can find it, but authors Andrea Sceresini, Nicola Palma and Maria Elena Scandaliato have put all the stories together into one book, which explores the often mysterious past of the much-monogrammed FB. Suffice to say the story is explosive (in some parts quite literally) and involves not only leggy models, but all manner of different and varied Italian businessmen and politicians.
The word in Italy is that Briatore likes the book so much that he has tried to buy all the copies. Mr Briatore is believed to be holidaying in a private fortress in Malindi, Kenya (complete with turrets). He has no shortage of reading material.
Incidentally, the Daily Mail is reporting that Mr B Ecclestone is none too pleased with a new book about him by a writer called Tom Bower. Mr E spent a lot of time with Bower in the last couple of years but he seems to be pretty unhappy about the book. In my experience books about Bernie are usually rather disappointing.