SAFE: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law Aparecida Schunk hugs a relative after her rescue. Photo credit/dailymail.co.uk

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Fabiana Flosi have recently had to endure a few rather rough days after his mother-in-law was kidnapped on July 22 in Sao Paulo Brazil and held at a ransom of Euros 28 million.

RELIEVED: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone with his wife Fabiana Flosi
RELIEVED: F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone with his wife Fabiana Flosi

According to reports, Aparecida Schunk, the mother-in-law of Britain’s 4th richest man worth US3.2 billion, was held for nine days and later released unharmed on Sunday night, with no ransom paid.

Brazilian police say that Jorge Eurico da Silva Faria, the Ecclestone family former helicopter pilot and other officials of Formula 1 team were behind the kidnap saga.

The kidnap took place at Schunk’s home in Interlagos, Brazil, when the house maid let them in under the guise of delivery men. Police found Ms Schunk in a one bedroomed flat In Cotia.

Others arrested in connection with the kidnap are Vitor Oliveira Amorim, 19, and 23-year old Davi Vicente Azevedo.