Formula 1 Boss Bernie Ecclestone Becomes Dad Again At 89
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad again aged 89.
His wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, gave birth to his fourth child today - a little boy named Ace - in a speedy 25 minute laboour.
Ecclestone confirmed the happy news to German outlet Blick, saying: "We have a son named Ace. I am so proud."
While Flosi added: "It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank God."
Ecclestone, who turns 90 in October, is already dad to daughter Deborah, 65, Tamara, 36 and Petra, 31.
But if Eccleston is keen for the little fella to follow in his car-racing footsteps, it seems like he might be disappointed. Speaking earlier this year, Ecclestone said: "Like all parents we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy."
Before Flosi added: "Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!"
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Speaking to Blick about the pregnancy in April, Ecclestone said: "It is due in the summer. Hopefully he'll learn to play backgammon soon."
He then added on a more serious note: "I just want everything to be good with Fabiana even if the isolation goes on longer. Fortunately, the farm never runs out of work. Fabiana also looks after her own coffee plantation."
The couple have been self-isolating in their home in Sao Paulo ahead of the birth.
Asked how he had formed this view, Ecclestone said: "[It's just] things over the years that I've noticed, and there's no need for it. I'm against injustice for anyone, whatever colour they are. It's important to do something about that for a start."
Six-time Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton was among those who criticised Ecclestone for his comments. He shared a lengthy statement on social media, which read in part: "Damn, I just don't even know where to start with this one. So sad and disappointing to read these comments.
"Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong - ignorant and uneducated comments which show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.
"It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career."
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