Ecclestone set himself up to sit at the Campinas airport with iron birds to make the trip to Switzerland, but his plans were thwarted when an unchecked pistol LW Seecamp was discovered in a security check .32. Police arrested the former formula boss and interrogated him.
Ecclestone admitted that the gun was indeed his own, but said he did not know it was in the baggage. However, he was not deported because he was urgently bailed and allowed to travel to Switzerland after payment.
Ecclestone was in Brazil because it is the home of his wife, Fabiana, 46 years his husband. The couple visited several events in Brazil in May and also met three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet.
Ecclestone, which has been pulling F1 threads for decades, is a citizen with a controversial reputation. For example, immediately after Russia attacked Ukraine, he threw Vladimir Putin in defense, saying he was "very direct and respectful as a person."
However, two years ago, he gave an interview to CNN on F1 black superstar Lewis Hamilton and racism. "Black people are often more racist than white people," Eccelstone said in an interview.