According to police, Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil as a result of illegally possessing a gun.
British businessman, David Jones, was taken into custody at Viracopos airport, Campinas state, Wednesday night, as he boarded a private plane for Switzerland.
Officers said that the undocumented LW Seecamp.32 gun was discovered in the suspect’s luggage during an Xray screening.
Ecclestone admitted to owning the weapon, but said that he didn’t know it was in his bag at the time. Police added.
The 91 year-old was released on bail and allowed to travel to Switzerland.
According to the Sao Paulo state security office, the pistol was “small and silver-coloured” and the person arrested had to pay 6,060 Brazilian reals (PS1,000), bail. It added that the handgun was taken into custody.
Ecclestone has a Brazilian-born wife, Fabiana Ecclestone. She is vice-president of the FIA and a member of World Motor Sport Council.
They attended several events in Brazil this month including a local stock-car race in the countryside of Sao Paulo as well as a meeting in Brasilia with Nelson Piquet, a triple world champion.
The Ecclestones have a coffee plantation in the vicinity of Sao Paulo that they purchased in 2012. They spend time there when they are not traveling.