F1 whizzkid whose dad owns KFC and is worth an eye-watering $200million

Max Verstappen is enjoying a brilliant Formula One season – and the Red Bull driver is honing in on his first-ever World Championship at the age of just 24.

After becoming the youngest ever F1 driver in 2015, Verstappen has amassed a net worth of $60million (£44m); but this is dwarfed by the net worth of Ricardo Gelael, whose son has been on the racing scene for several years now.

Meet Sean Gelael, an Indonesian prodigy who was been in the junior ranks for some time, but has enjoyed several F1 experiences with Toro Rosso and is making a name for himself in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Motorsport certainly isn't the cheapest sport to get into, but with an estimated net worth of $200m (£147m), Gelael was backed comfortably by his father who is worth three times as much as Verstappen, and pretty much runs KFC across Indonesia.

Gelael recently competed in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship with Jota Sport, driving the No. 28 Jota Sport LMP2 car in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Indonesian finished seventh in the overall standings and second in the LMP2 class, achieving a podium in his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, and the driver has previous F1 experience despite not getting a proper taste of racing action at the highest level.

Gelael was given his first taste of F1 machinery during an in-season test at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix and has since notched up more than 11 test drives for Toro Rosso, now known as AlphaTauri.

The driver comes from a wealthy family, as his grandfather founded Gelael Supermarket and Fast Food Indonesia, and his father Ricardo – who was a former rally driver himself – is the face of KFC across the country.

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It's possible that we could see Gelael in F1 at some point, at least according to AlphaTauri principal Franz Tost.

Speaking back in 2018, when he was Toro Rosso's boss, Tost said: "Generally speaking I think he has the potential, but it’s now in his hands what he does."

He excelled behind the wheel in testing too, with Tost adding: "We decided to test with him; the first test was in Bahrain and he did a good and impressive job there.

"We compared his laps to our race drivers' on those testing days and he was not far away."

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Tost appears to love the idea of potentially giving someone like Gelael a chance, and even speculated about a potential future in Indonesia with the sport

"If a driver, coming from Indonesia, a totally different part of the world has the possibility to get to F1, I really would like to do this," he explained.

"This would also give some refreshment to Formula One and you’ll never know… Maybe some day we will have a race over there, because it’s a huge country with huge population, their economical situation is also very healthy. So why not?"

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