Britain's Daily Mail newspaper revealed that the person to whom the 83-year-old Briton's load will fall is Australian Sacha Woodward-Hill, already F1's chief legal officer.
"She has been involved in every major deal of recent years and holds 17 directorships in formula one-connected businesses," said correspondent Jonathan McEvoy.
An insider confirmed: "He (Ecclestone) will rely on her more than ever while the court stuff is going on. She'll be Bernie's rock."
Ecclestone, whose trial begins next Thursday, is not in China this weekend.