Bernie Eccelstone’s daughters Tamara and Petra reveal they are ‘delighted’ the former Formula One boss is set to become a father for the fourth time at the age of 89
- The sisters, 35 and 31, have not spoken out but reps confirmed they were happy
- The former Formula 1 chief’s fourth child will be his first with wife Fabiana Flosi
- Bernie, 89, said that he did not ‘see any difference between being 89 and 29’
Tamara and Petra Ecclestone have revealed they are ‘delighted’ Bernie will be a father again at the age of 89.
The former Formula 1 chief’s fourth child will be his first with wife Fabiana Flosi and is due in the summer.
The sisters, 35 and 31, have not said anything publicly but their representatives confirmed they were happy for the couple.
Tamara, 35 and Petra, 31, have not said anything on social media but their representatives confirmed they were happy for the couple
The former Formula 1 chief’s fourth child will be his first with wife Fabiana Flosi (right) and is due in the summer
A spokesman for Tamara told Metro.co.uk: ‘Tamara is absolutely thrilled for them both’. They added she had know for some months.
Petra’s representative said the sisters were ‘delighted by the news and very happy for them’.
Bernie said he did not ‘see any difference between being 89 and 29’. The tycoon, who turns 90 in October added: ‘You’ve got the same problems I suppose. It’s alright.’
The couple, who tied the knot in 2012, are staying at their farm in Brazil, where Flosi is from, and confirmed they were ‘obviously’ excited.
Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed his delight at becoming a father for the fourth time at the age of 89, with his 44-year-old wife Fabiana Flosi (couple pictured together)
The billionaire businessman, who is currently at his farm near Sao Paul, Brazil amid the coronavirus crisis will welcome his first son in July
Bernie said: ‘We’re fine… We’re in Brazil at the moment so we have to wait a little while and see whether this little one is going to happen in Brazil or in England.’
The billionaire has three grown-up daughters, Deborah, Tamara, and Petra, as well as grandchildren, from two previous marriages.
‘Everybody is very pleased. They’re all happy,’ he said of the family’s response.
Asked what kind of father he was going to be, he said: ‘We don’t know, probably better than before, probably a bit more relaxed!’
On the threat of the deadly coronavirus to his pregnant wife, he told MailOnline: ‘You hope it’s not going to happen but these things do happen so you just have to cope, what else can you do?
‘You have to hope that the people who are looking after everything have not caught anything themselves.
The new addition, who will be born not long before Mr Ecclestone’s 90th birthday in October, will be his fourth child after his three daughters
Pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Bernie Ecclestone and guests as he attend the London’s Air Ambulance Charity gala at Rosewood London in 2019
Mr Ecclestone – dubbed ‘F1 Supremo’ – is a former chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, which manages Formula 1 and part-owns Delta Topco
‘I’m not too sure we’re ever going to get rid of this bloody nonsense, anymore than the flu that happens every year.
‘It’s just that at the moment this is a little bit more dangerous than what we’ve been used to but when it settles down I think the world will have changed an awful lot.
‘People and businesses will have changed their ways. People in general will have different priorities, different values. It’ll make people wake up a little bit.
‘We are hopefully going to see a better world.’
Now he’s not tied up with Formula 1 work, he has had more time to get used to the idea of having a baby in his life again.
He said: ‘There’s nothing that unusual is there? I haven’t had a job for a little while so I have had plenty of time to practise!’ Yes, she (his wife) is thrilled. We’re not sure what all the fuss is about!
Pictured: Mr Ecclestone with his second wife Slavica (left) and daughters Petra and Tamara (right)
‘I’m very happy and happy really for my wife, she’s been looking forward to this happening for quite a few years so I’m happy she’ll have someone after I’m gone.
‘It’s fun, I don’t see any dramas, I’ve got grandchildren and I’m looking forward to having another baby.’
The businessman, who is currently at his farm near Sao Paulo, confirmed to German TV channel Blick yesterday that he and his 44-year-old wife are expecting a child.
He said: ‘Yes, it is due in the summer. Hopefully he’ll learn to play backgammon soon!’
Bernie’s eldest child, Deborah, 65, was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford before he had socialites Tamara and Petra with his second wife Slavica Radic.
The expectant parents met through the World Motor Sport Council – where she regularly attended meetings.
They knew each other professionally for a few years before a mutual friend invited Flosi on a cruise around Croatia with Bernie in 2009.
He met Croatian model Slavica Radic in September 1982 in the pits at Italy’s Monza race circuit
Flosi said: ‘Like all parents, we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy. Hopefully he will never express the intention to do something with Formula 1.’
When the child is born Bernie could be ranked among the 10 oldest known fathers of all time.
American James Smith is thought to be the oldest recorded father, with his 38-year-old wife Anna giving birth to twins in 1949 when he claimed to be 101 years old.
Fertility in men drops significantly with age so the chances of a man who is almost 90 being able to be a father are low.
Some household names have also had children well into old age – though not quite reaching 89.
Charlie Chaplin had a child aged 73, while Mick Jagger fathered his eighth child in 2016 with his 29-year-old girlfriend, when he was also 73.
Bernie went on to speak about the current coronavirus pandemic and said he ‘just wants everything to be good with Fabiana’ should the isolation go on longer.
He said: ‘Fortunately the farm never runs out of work. Fabiana also looks after her own coffee plantation.’
Bernie, dubbed ‘F1 Supremo’, is a former chief executive of the Formula 1 Group, which manages Formula 1 and part-owns Delta Topco.
He amassed an estimated fortune of £2.5billion throughout his time working for Formula 1.
Tamara, a mother-of-one, has also appeared on a series of reality television shows in the UK
The eccentric mogul entered two Grand Prix races as a driver himself in 1958, but failed to qualify for either of them.
He later became the manager of drivers Stuart Lewis-Evans and Jochen Rindt before he purchased the Brabham team in 1972, which he went on to lead for 15 years.
He married his first wife, Ivy Bamford, when he was 21 in 1952. The pair had one daughter, Deborah, before they divorced in the 1960s.
Bernie then had a 17-year relationship with Singapore-born Tuana Tan, before he met Croatian model Slavica Radic in September 1982 in the pits at Italy’s Monza race circuit.
The pair, who have a 28-year age gap, married in 1985 and later had daughters Tamara and Petra – both of whom have had careers in fashion.
Tamara, a mother-of-one, has also appeared on a series of reality television shows in the UK.
She starred in her own show, Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$$ Girl, on Channel 5 in 2011 and on ITVBE’s Tamara’s World in 2017.
Bernie and Ms Radic divorced in 2009 and he married his wife, who is 45 years his junior, three years later.
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