Bernie Ecclestone was travelling to Switzerland via private jet (PA Images)

Former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone was arrested in Brazil on Wednesday evening for illegally carrying a gun at an airport.

The 91-year-old was travelling from Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paulo to Switzerland via private jet when he was detained by Brazilian authorities.

It’s understood that the security X-ray detected a 32-caliber LW Seecamp pistol in a shirt pocket, which was packed in Ecclestone’s luggage.

Ecclestone is said to have admitted to Brazilian police that he owned the gun but did not realise it was in his suitcase.

He was then released by the authorities after paying a R$6,060 (£987) bail and travelled to Switzerland.

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