Bernie Ecclestone, top dog in charge over at Formula One, has a serious problem. His wife’s mother was kidnapped in Brasil this week and now he fears for his own grown daughters’ lives.

His new wife, as of 2012, Fabiana Flosi’s mother, Aparecida Schunck, was actually kidnapped from her Sao Paulo home earlier this week. The kidnappers are asking for the equivalent of $36M in ransom money. Of course the billionaire can afford it, but what message would that send to additional would-be ner do wells?

Ecclestone has ordered a huge security detail for his daughters from a previous relationship, and with good reason.

Let’s hope Ms. Schunck gets home safely…and then moves quickly!! This is some seriously scary mess.