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I want to be a dad again at 90 and I don’t need Viagra, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says

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HE’S just become a father once again at the ripe old age of 89 . . . but Bernie Ecclestone isn’t done yet.

The former Formula 1 supremo wants ANOTHER baby. But forget Viagra. The only supplement he says he needs is vitamin D.

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Speaking four days after the birth of his son Ace with wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, Bernie hit back at claims he is “too old” to raise a child. And he reckons he’ll be a better dad fourth time around.

Weighing in at a healthy 7lb 1oz, the tot spent his first night at home yesterday after leaving hospital.

And Bernie — father of Petra, 31, Tamara, 36, and 65-year-old Deborah from his first marriage — tells The Sun on Sunday: “I am really happy. When I had the girls in the first place, obviously I was much younger.

“But also I was more worried about running a business than running around after them.

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“Now I have more time on my hands and I hope I can spend it with my son as he grows up. I don’t know if we will stop here. Perhaps he should have a little brother or sister.

‘I told Fabiana half a dozen kids is great’

“Do I take anything? No! Fabiana gives me some tablets — vitamin D — but I don’t take anything else.”

While interviewing Tamara earlier this week, This Morning host Eamonn Holmes called the 5ft 3in tycoon a “stud muffin”.

“What is a stud muffin?” Bernie asks me, apparently mystified.

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When I explain it describes a healthy and virile young man, Bernie earnestly responds: “Oh. I don’t think he actually knows me that well, but I want to thank him for thinking that way about me.”

Speaking from his ski chalet in Switzerland, where he has spent the past three months self-isolating, Bernie confirmed that his new son had been born on Wednesday.

Now Bernie ­­— who turns 90 in October — is gearing up for a life of sleepless nights and bottle-feeds. But this latest addition to the Ecclestone family was no mere happy accident.

The legendary businessman reveals he promised children to his Brazilian wife when the pair first started dating eight years ago.

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Bernie says: “Fabiana said she wanted a ­family, and I told her, ‘That’s no problem for me. Half a dozen kids is great’.”

Bernie, the Suffolk-born son of a fisherman, who left school at 16, is now worth £2.5billion, according to the most recent Sunday Times Rich List.

He made his money through motor racing after an unsuccessful attempt to become a driver himself.

In the Seventies he engineered the sale of the Grand Prix TV rights and went on to become boss of the Formula One Group.

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Bernie left in 2017 following a £6.4billion takeover by US corporate giant Liberty Media but remains a vocal supporter of the sport, which kicks off its new season today.

Last week Bernie was forced to deny accusations of racism after expressing surprise that Lewis Hamilton had been upset over taunts.

He moved to clarify deeply controversial comments that “in lots of cases, black people are more racist than white people”.

But for all his bluster and tendency to speak before he thinks, Bernie is one of the most generous men around, regularly donating six and seven-figure sums to charity.

 Tamara, 36, is Bernie's feisty middle daughter, with ex-wife Slavica Radic

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Tamara, 36, is Bernie’s feisty middle daughter, with ex-wife Slavica RadicCredit: Getty – Contributor

He has bought sprawling mansions for his socialite daughters and given both access to a generous trust fund.

Now retired, Bernie previously joked that he would always have to work to fund his daughters’ lavish handbag expenditure.

So what will another round of fatherhood — this time against the backdrop of Covid — entail?

While insisting he has “never heard of” Peppa Pig — give it three years, I say — Bernie wants to be a hands-on dad. He says: “I will be listed to do lots of things by Fabiana, like changing nappies and so on, and that’s fine.

BERNIE’S BROOD

DEBORAH, 65: Bernie’s eldest, with first wife Ivy Bamford, is understood to be a retired businesswoman. She has always kept out of the limelight.

TAMARA, 36: His feisty middle daughter, with model Slavica Radic, had a brief stint on TV and married stockbroker Jay Rutland in 2013.

PETRA, 31: Lives in LA with fiance Sam Palmer. Has three kids with trader James Stunt, whom she divorced in 2017, and recently welcomed a daughter.

“I want to be around as long as possible.

“My daughters say I will live until I am 120 but I don’t think it’s the sort of thing you can make plans for. When you’re gonna go, you go.”

Bernie and Fabiana certainly seem blissfully happy.

They were introduced during the ­Brazilian Grand Prix, where Fabiana was F1’s vice-president of marketing, before a mutual friend invited her on a cruise around Croatia with Bernie and pals in 2009.

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They married three years later — despite Bernie previously vowing never to wed again following his acrimonious 2009 divorce from second wife Slavica Radic.

A 6ft 2in former model, Slavica stood almost a foot taller than her ex and was 28 years his junior.

Bernie married his first wife, Ivy Bamford, in 1952.

The couple’s daughter Deborah also went into business but has remained out of the spotlight.

So, Bernie, what is the secret to such a long — and virile — life?

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“Well,” he says, “I am still active. I am still around and still doing all the things I used to.

“I don’t do anything specifically to stay healthy and I don’t know what the secret is.

“Whatever my age is, I have always stayed mentally young. That . . . and my vitamins.”

LUCKY ACE

BABY Ace won’t be wearing any hand-me-downs from his sisters – not least because the eldest of them is 65.

Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, 89, becomes father for fourth time after wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, gives birth to son Ace

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First stage of Tour de Poland overshadowed by horror crash for Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen

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Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash just before the finish line at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland.

The Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider went crashing into the barriers as he jostled for position and a stage victory with Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo–Visma).

Dutch cyclist Jakobsen – who is being tended to by doctors since the crash – had raced into the final metres of the race elbow-to-elbow with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen.

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

But then he came up the inside of his compatriot, and as the pair vied for position, Groenewegen appeared to unintentionally clip Jakobsen.

That moment caused Jakobsen to vault into the barriers and cause havoc amid a domino-like pile-up that saw multiple riders hit the asphalt as they crossed the line.   

Jakobsen’s impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists, sending multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them.

Groenewegen was declared the winner of the race, with Marc Sarreau and Luka Mezgec also making the initial podium.

Jakobsen's impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

Jakobsen's impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

Jakobsen’s impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

But reports have suggested that Groenewegen’s win will be disqualified in due course.

The sprint capped off a hilly 195.8km stage that connected two of Poland’s largest sports stadiums. 

Riders including Mark Cavendish departed the Silesian Stadium in downtown Chorzow before tackling a hilly route and the finishing sprint at the Sodek arena in Katowice.

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Manchester City confirm signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake for an initial £40m

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

Pep Guardiola‘s side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries – who were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season – and which could rise to £41m.

Confirmation of the Dutch centre-back’s arrival comes just a day after City announced their first deal of the summer transfer window in the form of Valencia winger Ferran Torres. 

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Pep Guardiola 's side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

Pep Guardiola 's side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

Pep Guardiola ‘s side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

‘City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,’ Ake said on his move. 

‘Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree. 

‘Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.

‘I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.’ 

Guardiola's Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Guardiola's Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Guardiola’s Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week that the Premier League runners-up were on the brink of swooping for Ake having had a bid accepted on Thursday.

The Holland international has since undergone a medical and also agreed personal terms with City.

Ake is expected to have signed a five-year contract and net a major pay increase on his current £40,000-per-week contract.

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

He made 109 appearances after joining Bournemouth permanently in 2017 from Chelsea, playing in every Premier League game in both the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.

The Blues had first refusal on Ake, a clause which could have been activated with a £40million bid. 

But Frank Lampard’s side failed to move which paved the way for City to agree a fee which will see Bournemouth net a guaranteed £40million, with the remaining £1million made up of add-ons and bonuses.

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard's side failed to move for the defender

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard's side failed to move for the defender

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard’s side failed to move for the defender

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NASSER HUSSAIN: Shambolic England bowling has let Pakistan off the hook and Jimmy was most culpable

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It’s not often we need to be critical about England’s bowling but that spell after lunch on Wednesday at what could be a pivotal stage of this first Test was poor.

There have been plenty of times in recent years when England have been 30 for three and the batsmen have been found wanting but the bowling on the whole has been excellent, most recently in South Africa and against West Indies at Old Trafford.

But here England just got it wrong. They had taken two cheap wickets when the best batsman in the Pakistan side in Babar Azam came in and he struggled a bit at first. He was getting squared up by the bowlers and was looking nervy.

England's spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

England's spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

England’s spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

So the last thing England needed straight after lunch was to give a man who has averaged more than a hundred in his last five Tests a few free hits to get his confidence going. 

Babar is a wonderful talent and will make you pay for any lack of discipline. But that’s exactly what England did and he cashed in.

Jimmy Anderson was most culpable. First there was a clip ball on the legside that was hit for four, then there was a leg-stump half-volley that also went to the boundary, and that set for the tone for a costly mini-session.

Anderson was certainly ticking. Whether that was because he was bowling into a strong breeze – he has said himself he’s not always happy to bowl from the end that bears his name here – and it was blowing straight into his face on Wednesday rather than across him like last week. 

Or whether it was because he became frustrated because he cannot shine the ball with saliva in the current climate and it wasn’t swinging I don’t know.

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm  

But we had an angry Jimmy Anderson and inwardly he was probably cross with himself because he had very little rhythm in that spell.

Nobody really got it right with the possible exception of Stuart Broad who was okay. Jofra Archer started the day well but after lunch there was immediately a full toss to Shan Masood and then Dom Bess repeated that in his short spell and also bowled a lot of drive half-volleys.

When Bess comes on to bowl into the breeze at a time when the captain needs discipline his job is to bring control but he just has no control of length at the moment. He’s not expected to get a first innings five-for like he did at Port Elizabeth last winter but he has to dry up an end and he couldn’t do it. 

And when he did bowl a couple of good balls to Masood and forced mistakes, Jos Buttler dropped the catch and missed a stumping. The only man not to blame was Chris Woakes who didn’t bowl after lunch.

We have to remember these guys are not machines and bowlers cannot just switch it on all the time. But it was like England were going through the motions expecting rain to come before it finally did and, frankly, that was rubbish. And that’s unusual.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

It was all a bit shambolic and the rain actually came at a good time for England because it allowed them to re-group and remember the usual disciplines that have served them so well.

But when they did come back their hopes of putting things right on the first day were curtailed by bad light even though two spinners were bowling.  

And that is hugely frustrating after all the hard work and expense that has gone into staging Test cricket this summer. The game really doesn’t do itself any favours at times. 

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