Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone became the father of a son for the first time at the age of 89. His wife Fabiana (44) gave birth to the very healthy Ace on Wednesday.

Mother and son are doing well, Fabiana herself tells the Swiss newspaper Blick . "It all went smoothly. He was born within 25 minutes." Ecclestone, in turn, says he is "very proud".

It is his fourth child for Ecclestone. From his first marriage he had daughter Deborah, who has already become a grandmother. From his second marriage, he has a 36-year-old and a 32-year-old daughter. Ecclestone has five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Ace was born in Switzerland. The wealthy Briton lives there with his Brazilian wife in a chalet in Gstaad and also owns a hotel there.

Ecclestone previously described the upcoming birth of his son as one of the highlights of his life. "At my age you are no longer afraid of death, then you are only grateful. That is why it is very nice that I can still experience this."